After once again seeing the Leicester campus after a year spent away, what can I say has changed? Well, the university has discovered both Richard III and Richard III merchandise, the Willingales shop has disappeared, there’s a statue being built in the front of the library, Café Piazza has become exclusively vegetarian, the basement level of the Students’ Union has been reorganised, the foyer of the Charles Wilson building has become even brighter, the underground bike storage is completed, the two new university sports centres have names, The Ripple is now weekly…
All this has somehow happened and nobody asked for my help or even my approval. But no matter, I’ve moved up to the Thunderdome for my final year and I’m fully prepared to set things straight. And a lot of things will need straightening by me, especially since I hear[d several months ago] that Channel 4 will be sending their cameras onto campus for a fly-on-the-wall documentary about what it means to be a fresher at the University of Leicester being filmed by Channel 4. I’m not saying I’m going to end up in this documentary, but since I plan on standing perfectly still in a distant corner of the frame if ever I see a camera, then it’s entirely possible that I will.
At this moment the library is reasonably quiet but come next week it will explode into what I’ve been told is an unprecedented busyness. The same transformation that the sports centre will go through, as a matter of fact. Right now is a good time to soak up having a whole library row to yourself — if you’re into that sort of thing — as it won’t likely be possible for much longer. The Library Café will in the meantime become so busy that oxygen will need to be redirected into it through a series of special tubes.*
But despite all this, I’m looking forward to getting back to work. After all, I’m studying the subject that I love and the areas of it that I’ve specifically chosen to zone in on. Hopefully you like them too, as you’ll be hearing about them!
* This sentence was absurd, I apologise.