This past term/semester, whichever you want to call it, has been a real learning curve for me. As far as courses go, I think mine has really tried to ease us in slowly which I am very thankful for. Much of the first few weeks were dedicated to workshops which were designed to teach us new skills or improve ones we already had so that everyone had more similar experiences, as my course combines photography and moving image meaning a lot of us have different interests and thoughts on what we want to get out of the degree.
This term has seen me complete my first university-standard essay, a research task and a group project. I think the group project was probably the biggest challenge as I was forced to interact with new people and I’m not a very outgoing person so that’s the sort of thing I usually find pretty difficult. I have also started a new group project which is due at the start of next term, and I think the main thing I have learned from both of these is that there will always be someone who thinks they are better than you. I can’t say this applies to every course but I have certainly met a few people who need taking down a peg or two when it comes to their own self-importance.
I’ve met some great people on my course as well as a few rubbish ones, and I’ve got to live with people I get on with really well which has been amazing. I’ve also come to realise that unless you make the effort to see people, it won’t happen. I’m one of the few of my friends who went to university this year so many of them are still living at home which makes it difficult to see them as much as I would like and I’m awful at organising things!
Important things to remember:
It’s okay to wear the same pair of jeans for a week
Food only counts as out-of-date if it’s growing mould
Your flatmates will prank you if you leave for long enough
Smirnoff is a luxury – cheap alcohol is wonderful
If the fire alarm goes off at 3am, you are still expected to get out of bed