¡Feliz Navidad! Buon Natale! Merry Christmas!
The holidays are hereeee and I have officially completed my first term of University! How crazy!! This term has gone incredibly quickly, I cannot believe it’s already the Christmas holidays! Well, as you can see, it has been Christmas for quite a while here in flat 60…
…what can I say, it had to be done!
I must admit the last week of term was probably the busiest yet, with deadlines and tests typically all coinciding with each other as well as various departmental Christmas gatherings and events such as the Christmas Ball. This was another yearly event organised by the SU and not only involved the SU transforming itself overnight into an indoor ice-rink, but also saw the likes of Santa, snow, chocolate fountains, carol singers and REAL reindeers!!
Having now come home, I have really realised just how much I am in need of a good Christmas break. After a somewhat intense first 10 weeks, I have already decided to dedicate the first few days of the holidays to sleep alone!
Organisational skills are definitely something you soon develop coming to University. Before coming home for the next four weeks, it is vital to make sure you have got everything you need for any reading or essays you will be doing. For me, this unsurprisingly involved a late evening library session before coming home during which I managed to successfully max out my library card for the first time…a concept seemingly unknown to my friends of maths and science facilities… oh the joys of being a humanities student! Books aside, I do think I will genuinely miss this place over Christmas.
The first term was inevitably going to be quite full-on. Think about it… as is the case for most students, you are living away from home for the first time, having moved away from your comfort zone, family and close circle of friends you have probably had years to develop. Even with the experience of a gap year on my side, along with a couple of months travelling around the other side of the world, the move to university was still a jump into the unknown and admittedly a scary one at that. I must admit, it is still taking me a while to adjust and to develop a good balance between work and play, as well as factoring in time for cooking, washing and a bit of much needed relaxation every now and then. However, for the sake of my mum’s washing machine at least, these are things I am sure I will improve on over the next few years… (I hope!)
¡Que pases una feliz Navidad!