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Month One and A Bit

campus life and all that fun stuff

I was planning on updating this blog quite regularly, but I think I have already established in previous posts just how lazy I can be. So here is an update on how uni life has been going as an Aussie student in England since October.

Freshers week, or the week where all of the new students hang out at the club on campus and drink and dance excessively was surprisingly fun. Most of the friendships that I have formed since I have been here started in that week (or what was actually two weeks for me, because international students come a week earlier than the locals). One friend in particular, my favourite Swede, became a lifelong friend when the door of the bus malfunctioned due the amount of people on board and we almost fell out while it was moving. I don’t think you can experience that without becoming lifelong friends, can you? I have never spent so many hours drinking and dancing as I did during fresher’s week. That is coming from someone who just spent over a month travelling Europe! But liver damage aside, it really was a lot of fun.

My flat is small and cosy and frequently filthy because I am a gross human. The shower is cream coloured and very circular. The shower is kind of like a huge cylinder that amuses me because it reminds me a lot of the transporters in star trek. I still haven’t got passed the desire to shout out ‘beam me up, scotty!’ while bathing.

Things like laundry and groceries I am still getting used to. It is really easy to forget when living at home that pretty much everything costs money. Here I do not have that luxury. Trying to budget my eating habits and make sure I only do two loads of laundry per week to save money is something that is just annoying enough that the optimistic people of the world will call it ‘character building’. I think I am getting the hang of everything now though. I feel like this is home now, which is nice.

Classes are decent. I love two, and hate the other two with a passion that is very non-motivating. It is pretty hard to not get swept up in how social and fun it is to be on a university campus for long enough to actually study… but I am working on it.

Hands down, the best part about being here has been the people. I have been on trip to Cambridge twice, to London about 6 or 7 times and just to places around town more times than I can count with my new friends. We are a pretty diverse bunch. My closest friends here are a mix of Cypriots, Italians, a Mexican, Americans, Swedes, Norwegians, and of course me. We throw some locals into the mix if they are feeling brave. Memories of seeing the play ‘1984’ in Cambridge, watching the Guy Fawkes fireworks, seeing the Book of Mormon (twice), and just laughing and hanging out on the average day will stay with me forever.

The second best part has been the extra-curricular stuff that becomes a lot easier to immerse yourself in when you are living on campus. I was that person at the university fair. You know, that one that signs up for absolutely everything? On the downside; I committed to town choir for a grand total of one week before getting sick of the old people grumbling at me for checking the time on my phone too often (it goes for 3 hours!!!!), and have thus far never made it to a single drama club session. On the upside; I find Model United Nations and mooting really fun. Through model UN I have even gone on an excursion to Isle of Wight with the other members, and get to go to a conference in Reading next week, which should be really fun.

I managed to get through this whole post without complaining about the weather! Well November is almost over, so you should get plenty of that next post.

Till Next time.

Posted by MsKirstieLeigh 13:24 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged england university aussie australian campus aussie_abroad exchange_trip campus_life

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