So, it looks like the Easter holidays are finally over and everyone’s starting to trickle back to Leicester for the last term of the year. It’s always weird being away from Leicester for so long over the holidays, 5 and a half weeks seems like an awfully long time for an Easter holiday, not that I’m complaining… I’ve been back in Leicester for the past week doing some group work for a couple of the modules I’ve chosen for this year. One of them is an essay on “Developing the Teaching of Proof to First Year Undergraduates” which requires a lot of meeting up with my group, but is actually quite interesting. We could potentially be moulding the way one of the first year Maths modules is taught, it’s pretty scary, actually.
Before I came back to Leicester I went on a somewhat impromptu trip to Oxford to visit some friends there, it was an interesting experience seeing as I’d never been there before (didn’t bother applying to Oxbridge for university). There are a RIDICULOUS amount of bikes there, you leave the train station and see a good 300+ bikes just locked up outside the station. I like cycling myself, but even with the university’s new bike park that’s opening this week; (http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/estates/environment/travel/bicycle/bikepark) I doubt I’ll see that many bikes in one place again. It was a pretty cool city, but I failed a bit on the tourist-y part by not taking any pictures. Some of the colleges actually charge tourists to go in and look around them, which made me feel really cool when I just sauntered in for free with one of my friends who went there.
It actually annoyed me a bit; my friend kept introducing me as “my friend Toby from Leicester.” I kept finding myself having to correct him, as, although I go to university in Leicester, I’m a Londoner born and bred, and seeing as I went to sixth form with him, he should know this! That’s Oxford students for you, though, eh? *cough cough* It could’ve gotten even more confusing if he’d introduced me to a Leicester local like that and they’d been like “oooh, Leicester?! Whereabouts?!” Then had an awkward conversation about how my accent sounds more London than Leicester whilst I explain the error in the introduction. I’m probably thinking WAY too far into this, but if I don’t represent London, who will?! Yeah, don’t answer that…
It was a pretty fun trip all in all, although I spent a bit too much while I was there, but at least now I can say I’ve sampled the sights in Oxford! Now that I’m back in Leicester it means I can see all of my Leicester buddies again and get cracking on some proper revision for my exams as I seem to be completely incapable of being productive while I’m enjoy the spoils of staying with my parents. Woo!