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Up to much this Reading Week?

Up to much this Reading Week?

Hi everyone.

How’s Reading Week going for you? To be honest, I can’t believe that it’s almost over! It’s not like I’m getting loads of time off but I do look forward to even one week of no lectures or classes.

So, what have you been up to?

For me, I was super excited when I knew that Reading Week was fast approaching, I was like a child with an advent calendar, counting down the days until Christmas. If you’re lucky enough to have a reading week too, you might know exactly what I’m talking about. I get this feeling every time I spot a gap in my university timetable. Heheee.

Reading Week is intended to be for study and for some people, it’s exactly that – a chance to catch up on assignments, reading and all of that good stuff. Me, on the other hand… well, I had all these great ideas about how I was going to use my time off to visit relatives, go shopping for more bargains, book a dentist appointment for a check-up from the neck up, a couple of family days out and of course, get on top of my assignment work.

Sound similar to your plans for Reading Week?

I mean, starting uni is a great achievement and an even greater achievement will be making it to the end of your course. You get the picture, the student life can be quite intense – settling in, making friends, squeezing in a few socials, not to mention all the late nights trying to complete work.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that no-one would fault you if you returned home for Reading Week, caught up on a few episodes on TV (or Netflix if you own that privilege) or just did some of the things that you enjoyed.

There are still a few days left before uni starts back after Reading Week so if you fancy it, why not take some time to explore Birmingham? You’ll feel so much better about returning to uni after you unwind, I can almost guarantee it.

I bet that by now, you’ve probably discovered a wealth of shops, pubs and restaurants in the city? Yes? How about some of Birmingham’s main attractions?

Well, here are some suggestions for you to try for FREE:

  • Kick back to some live music at The Jam House in St Paul’s Square.
  • Get lost inside the pages of your favourite book at the Birmingham Central Library.
  • The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a nice, quiet place to find some calm.
  • Walk alongside the Birmingham canals, a beautiful place of tranquillity and a good pit stop before heading back to uni.
  • Visit the BBC Visitor Centre in the Birmingham Mailbox and watch live news bulletins, have a go at presenting the weather report and check out original Peaky Blinders outfits.

Look out for me, I’ll be the one entertaining my children until the sun goes down, heheee. Like me, they love the outdoors so we’ll probably be heading out to a local park over the weekend, Cannon Hill Park is usually a good choice or Sandwell Valley Park, another good choice.

Whatever you’ve been up to, enjoy the last few days of Reading Week won’t you?! And have a fab weekend.


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