Saturday, 8 October 2011

Freshers Week

There have been teary phone calls home, feeling so nervous that you want to be sick, moments of utter devastation and mainly, feeling alone. But, I have survived Freshers Week!

 The 100 mile round trip is tough. I am sure that once it starts to snow I will struggle even more but it's kind of nice driving without two children in the back. I can sing at the top of my voice, I don't have to pass snacks or water to the back or try and obtain a thrown toy from a near impossible place without crashing.

Luckily for me, at the end of every day of Freshers week I drove home, to my family and, possibly more importantly, I slept well (nearly) every night this week. I have seen some seriously rough looking young people, worse for wear from the night before. Whilst I had a great time out on the town when I was younger, I'm perfectly happy to leave the hangovers to those based on campus!

So, I'm not a typical student. In fact, I have already disgruntled my tutors because they changed the timetable at the last minute and I can't make it to one lecture a week because I can't change my childcare arrangements. However, I'm quite glad I'm not a typical student (if there is such a thing). I would have hated being on campus, even if I was 18. I couldn't cope with being so enclosed and surrounded by a vast number of young people. Whilst being on campus at university must feel comforting for some, I would have found it suffocating.

I really love that my family are keeping me grounded and normal (?). For me, university is not going to be the bubble that it is for so many people. I don't have to impress anyone or worry about what people think of me. I'm happy and settled in myself and it no longer matters to me that I have to be liked! 

I have also had a nerve-wracking first week which included making a speech in front of my fellow students (I was shaking like a leaf) and consequently being elected in a landslide (so I'm told) victory as a politics student representative. This was quite a big deal for me and I really was (and still am) rather chuffed that they voted for me and I hope I'm approachable enough for them to come to me if they have any problems. I would never have stood up in front of people when I was at school because I would have been so petrified of failure.

I'm excited about the next three years and I hope I can do myself proud. It's not going to be easy but I hope that being a bit older and more grounded will give me solid, stable foundations for the years ahead.



  1. Wow, beginning of quite an adventure! Well done on getting through the first week, and on your election :)

  2. I should imagine being a mature student will give you an advantage. A lot of students go into further education because of the shortage of jobs, even though they would probably prefer to be earning some money. I wish you lots of luck with this venture.

    CJ xx

  3. @Emily (@amummytoo) Thank you! I'm looking forward to getting stuck in!

  4. @Crystal Jigsaw thank you. I know I could never have gone when I was younger. The time is definitely right for me!


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