After spending the last year of my life in Spain, I could not be more excited to get back to university life! Here’s why…
1) Friends. The friends I’ve made at university are without a doubt my best friends. Whether we study together, live together or go to Nando’s together, we all get on so well and having been separated for fifteen months we have so much catching up to do.
2) Lectures. Finally, after a year of teaching, I am back on the side of the classroom where I belong. Throughout first and second year I complained about lectures, but really what’s so difficult about taking notes and listening to talks on the topics I’m interested in whilst sitting in a warm lecture theatre?
3) 9AMs. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But during my Year Abroad I had to wake up at 5.45 to get to work for 8AM. During my internship I had to catch the 7.45 train to Waterloo. 9AM isn’t a big ask of us students.
4) Independence. Back to living away from my parents – no set meal times, no loud vacuuming at 8AM on a Sunday morning, no younger brothers stealing my snacks from the larder. Woohoo!
5) Housemates. I’m living with two PGCE students in Clarendon Park this year and of course we’ve already planned what we’re sticking to our fridge and what we’ll be watching on Monday nights. I can’t wait to finally live with friends!
6) Social life. Over the last month or so it’s felt like I’ve had no life whatsoever. I love being around people, going out and attending socials – I cannot wait to start filling my social calendar up!
7) Rowing. Yep, can’t get enough of those 4.45AM alarms. Love being cold and wet in the middle of a foggy river before the sun’s even come up. In all seriousness, though, I adore ULBC and I really need to get back to the campus gym with MASS to justify eating so much!
8) Percy Gee. I’ve missed the Students’ Union big time – I can’t wait to start work as a Brand Ambassador, helping out the Marketing Department to promote the SU. Get me back to Starbucks, Nourish and 1923!
9) Spanish seminars. I really missed speaking and grammar classes while I was in Gran Canaria, hopefully I won’t be too far behind everyone else and it’ll be pretty cool to see all the different accents we’ve adopted from our year abroad.
10) Leicester. I have an incredibly soft spot for the city. Over the last few years it’s become my second home and it all feels so familiar. Breakfasts at Jones’ Bistro, shopping in Highcross, cocktails at Bar Dos Hermanos and ending up at the O2 Academy until 3AM! BRING IT ON.
Hurry up, Freshers Fortnight!