The Life of a UEL Sports Scholarship student-part 2

October 2011

Well, 2 months down at UEL! I’ve missed education for a while, but thought I would never be able to do an MSc, both with the time involved and with the astronomical costs of fees. I have no idea how students over the next few years are going to manage to go to University…. scary. Enough to say a huge thank you to UEL for giving me the opportunity, and also that I’m already worried by the amount of work I have to do. I’m studying MSc Project Management through the Royal Docks Business School (which has a lovely shiny new building). This seems to involve a LOT of work. My lectures are great (being worryingly nerdy – this is very out of character) but I have to say the massive commute from Reading is a bit of a pain. Have already had a fight with the library about not being allowed to take a book out of the archive….

Rowing wise, training is going well. Most of us scholars do the majority of our training at clubs off campus. For me and a few of the others (John Collins, Al Sinclair, and Tom Wilkinson) that is Leander Club in Henley on Thames. If you’ve ever been to Henley, it’s the big house-like building just by the bridge. Anyway, most of the training has been in small boats, as the first GB trials are coming up soon on the 22/23rd October in Boston. Trials run over two days, with a GB ergo test on the Saturday over 2000m. Oarsmen who make the cut off time will be invited to race on the Sunday in singles on the river in a time trial race. This is combined with the BUCS Small Boats Head of the River, which is open to scullers from all UK universities. Hoping for some good results and maybe the odd medal!

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