So, I guess everyone has been settling down well. The first fresher week has gone by and even though i’m no longer considered being a fresher I can still feel the whole anticipation, excitement and maybe even some frustration here and there.
Hat’s down to the freshers’ fair’s organisers. Wonderful 2-day experiences. Just like all the years before, a lot of efforts and hard works have been put towards making sure everyone, not just freshers, have a wonderful time getting to know the university. And I believe this is the first time I see the white tent outside for freshers’fair. I saw it during the careers’ fair but this must be a first for freshers’ event. I think it’s a wonderful idea because there are simply more societies, clubs and events than the Percy Gee Building can hold. So… huge applause!!!
Thus now, when I mention frustration I mean frustration towards the department. I’m very unsure if this happens to the first and second year too, but for third year, we had a week of second guessing the timetable. It takes the department way too long to figure out when and where we should study. This is not the first time this madness happens. Most of the timetables I got over 3 years are delivered after a long wait and changes. It has always puzzled me that why can’t it be sorted out during the summer. There are 3 months of sorting out rooms and time for the course. I mean, all module registrations are done in June, the buildings and rooms are not going anywhere and the professors are mainly the same as previous year. So why can’t the department administration has to leave the whole timetable scheduling to the very last minute to deal with?
Some people, like myself have a part-time job and it’s very difficult to organise our working time to fit around the university schedule when there’s no schedule at all. And it’s even harder to keep delaying your employers and telling them that you don’t have a timetable when the university semester obviously has already started. I couldn’t believe in it myself.
But then again, this does not only happen to our department. I think American Studies department has the same problem.
So what’s your thought on the first week?