Yesterday was one of those days where not only did I finish a chapter of my life, but also finish the first volume. Yesterday marked the end of the Bar Professional Training course, or BPTC that I had been taking at MMU over the past year, which in effect was the conclusion of my 5th and final year in full time, university education.
With graduation now firmly behind me, it would be easy for me to say that the three year journey was one that I took on my own. They say that you can choose your friends, but not your family, and knowing that my family were behind me for this journey meant that there were seats vacant for ‘friends’ on the journey. The first two years at university saw me getting involved with the Students Union, allowing me to meet and get to know virtually everyone on my course. However knowing full well that I have a ‘marmite’ personality makes it even more an achievement that the following people where not only able to put up with me being on the same course, but were even brave enough to live with me in my final year. I lived with six people in Salford last year, and I hope to keep in touch with at least three of them. The people who I am about to mention, are by far three of the most genuine and loving friends anyone could hope to have. Sarah & Stevie, my adopted sisters. To say that we have had fun over the past few years would be the understatement of the year. We have; watched Jeremy Kyle, had a debate, made each other tea, had a debate, given good banter, had a debate, I have moaned about politics, and you have been so kind to listen whilst I go off on one. The truth is, that as I write this blog post and try to recall what has happened over the past few years, the thing that comes to the front of my mind is that without the pair of you – my year of house would not have been as much fun or as memorable. I may not be able to remember every detail – but I will remember this (and at the risk of this sounding like an obituary), you will never be forgotten, and I hope that we remain friends for a long long time. Harry; the first person in a long time who I have met who is not only on the same wavelength as me, but has the guts to actually tell me when im wrong (which isn’t all that often). You know over the past year especially that you have been both a brother, and in some cases a father to me. The support that you gave me during the Students Union elections was 1st class, and even though I didn’t win, you will be the first person I call when I decide to run for Prime Minister. Living with you for the past year has been an experience that will remain with me for a very long time, as some of the scars are permanent! I will miss watching House, Criminal Minds, and morbid Horror films with you, and working on university coursework wasn’t a chore as our skill sets matched perfectly, which is testament to our grades. The fact that at the beginning of the year your career path was the most uncertain, and as I write this you have got a job with a leading Internet retailer is proof that you really do have ‘The Power’ to achieve what you want. Out of all the people who I have met, I am more certain that we will keep in touch, especially as I am to be best man at your wedding 😛 If Sarah, Stevie or Harry are reading this, this is by no means a finite list of things which I appreciate about you guys. There are memories that I have which will be confined to us three, and only repeated behind closed doors – needless to say that I love you guys, and if there is anything that I can do in the future you only need to get in touch. xxx