Dissertations … and reflections

Third year has proven to be relentlessly busy. I’m very aware that as soon as my dissertation is handed in in a month I need to get right on to revising for my exams. My dissertation is starting to come together. I’m completing mine on the subject of noise and band called Death Grips, and investigating both has been a challenge and greatly interesting. I’ll almost miss working on it once it’s over. Also working at the Humanities Post Offer Visit Days has put me in a reflective mood; I’m coming to the end of my time here in Bristol, and talking to applicants who may be the new generation of first years later on in 2015 has got me thinking about my experience here.

I’d venture that the experience of living in city of Bristol and studying at the University have both contributed to a profound change in the way I live my life, as corny as that may sound. The part of Bristol where I live has such a strong community feel that I have to admit I’ve not witnessed in London where I’m originally from, which I’ll miss and has affected me hugely. The university with its structure has engendered an independent work ethic and a more critical approach to everything I encounter, both of which I’m sure will come in very useful in the workplace and outside of it.

A combination of these factors and Bristol’s green credentials I’m sure have influenced my decision to go vegan(!) for environmental reasons, which is as daunting as it is exciting. A committed and proud meat eater until relatively recently, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been aware of my eating habits’ effect on the environment and the possibility to make small changes in my life it hadn’t been for the independent whole food shops along Gloucester road, the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft awareness campaigns and the university creating and allowing a drive to find out more about it.

– Milo


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