university: week two


I'm not going to do one of these every week - my life is definitely not that interesting - but Uni actually properly started this week so life's been a bit more exciting.

Although it's kind of great that I'm only in for either two or three days a week, I sort of wish I was in more often. I've been so used to being at college all day every day (thank you, IB) that when I'm in education mode my brain can't deal with time off. I feel like I need to be somewhere rather than sitting in my bedroom without work to do. To be fair, once I get further into my course I'm sure I'll be complaining that I don't have enough time and I'm snowed under with work, but right now I feel like I want to be in Uni every day!

Lectures are good. It's a totally different kind of learning, but college sort of bridged the gap a little. I'm so grateful that my school had no sixth form. I've felt a little overwhelmed by everything as it is, God only knows what it would've been like had I spent Years 12 and 13 at a Secondary School. College is definitely a brilliant way to prepare yourself for Uni without going overboard. I'm used to having lecture style lessons, sorting my life out for myself and calling lecturers by their first names (that's definitely the weirdest thing when you leave school). I definitely wouldn't have coped so well had I not had two years at college to get used to this kind of format.

All of the information that gets launched at you is a little intense. I kind of forgot that I'm now studying for a Bachelor of Science. Goodbye English and Art and all those things I love. Hello, hard work. But I did sign up for it. And I do love anatomy. It's just everything else that's not cool. A three hour Physics lecture. What?! I do have a class that's quite Psychology and Sociology based, but I haven't studied either of those subjects before so it's going to take a while to get used to it all. I think everything is going to take getting used to! Thursdays are the best day. We're only in every other Thursday, but they're workshop days. That means no sitting in a lecture theatre, but rather doing practical things. 

Though I say Thursdays are the best, this Thursday wasn't great. I accidentally upset a flatmate and that in turn upset me, and then I think homesickness hit when I couldn't have a hug to make things better. I think that everyone must go through it, really. You're 18 years old and all of a sudden you're living with random people in a strange place and you don't really have any idea what's going on. Thankfully, I cried it out and slept it off and woke up Friday morning feeling much better.

And today was great. I went to church this morning and met people who are part of Birmingham Uni MethSoc. It's nice to know that they're around if ever I need anything and that I'm welcome to join them for things. Church was just like the one at home, which is nice, and everyone was lovely. I have a feeling I may be spending a bit more time with them.

I have to say, though, that I've dealt with these past few weeks much better than I thought I would, and I'm really looking forward to going out on placement. It's scary, and a little way off yet, but I'm excited all the same.

For now, I'm ready for bed. Goodnight, amigos.

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