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15. July 2011 Jakub Váchal

Replacing studies with a job for one year

I barely noticed, and my second year of university studies was over. And quite successfully, I can say now that the exhausting wait for the results is over. While I didn’t attain the level that I had attained in my first year, the much greater difficulty of the tests, essays and papers during the year make me believe that I fared very well nonetheless.

I barely noticed, and my second year of university studies was over. And quite successfully, I can say now that the exhausting wait for the results is over. While I didn’t attain the level that I had attained in my first year, the much greater difficulty of the tests, essays and papers during the year make me believe that I fared very well nonetheless.

I barely noticed and my second year of university studies was over. And quite successfully, I can say now that the exhausting wait for the results is over. While I didn’t attain the level that I had attained in my first year, the much greater difficulty of tests, essays and papers during the year make me believe that I fared very well nonetheless. I narrowly missed a grade of “First”, but I am proceeding to my third year with a very good GPA and still have a chance to vie for that honor in my last year.

But I’m not coming back to Newcastle in one year. Instead, I am going to work in London in just a few days, which is why I had to go through the very unpleasant experience of finding a place to live in the city. I would never have believed how difficult finding a flat can be in a city as big as London. I saw nearly 40 apartments, and if not for a healthy dose of luck in seeing the last one just before two other applicants waiting at the door, I would have to be living in a hole (pardon the term). So I told the realtor that I was in immediately after having seen the place that I chose, and asked him (with my upfront payment in my hand) not to show it to anyone else who was interested.

Everything turned out well, again most notably thanks to the help from The Kellner Family Foundation, which afforded me the funds needed to pay my rent and upfront payment, and I was able to move into “my place”. It’s the beginning of something new again; I will no longer have as much leisure time as I had in university, and with just twenty days of holidays per year I’m not going to see my home country anytime soon. On the other hand, I am really looking forward to it, and I believe it’s going to be an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please keep your fingers crossed for me to enjoy my new job and do well there!

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