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Fresher No More: Preparing for Second Year

Isabel Quah
Isabel Quah | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Isabel

As they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and this year has actually flown by faster than I had imagined it would have. It seems like it was only yesterday when I was still in secondary school thinking about university applications, sitting through my IB exams and first setting foot on campus with awe and excitement, anticipating what my first year in uni had in store for me. Well that was then, and now everyone is sitting through their final exams whilst the spring and summer warmth is slowly settling in. Before we all know it, a new set of eager and excited freshers will be bounding on campus as the fall term begins.

As next year requires us current first years to move out of our on campus, many will be heading to their new residences Leamington or Coventry and this is something that was quite a stressor for a few in terms of coordinating with future housing groups, property landlords, visiting each potential residency and deciding on the budget for rent. Luckily enough, I was able to find my ideal house for next year, which is right down the main road from Tesco’s on Charter Avenue. When searching for a house, my main priorities were budget as well as distance. Though originally, I did want to live in Leamington like many others have opted to do, thinking about my extracurricular involvement and priorities for second year did set me up ideally for looking for properties as near to campus as possible, saving me from having to wake up at daunting hours of the morning (I’m really not a morning person) and commuting all the way to school. Luckily, my morning commute to campus will just be a 10-15 minute walk, which makes my morning so much more relaxed (yay for sleeping in) plus in addition to this, the house is barely a five minute walk from Tesco’s so on the way home from campus, any last minute groceries or midnight snack cravings can be accessed with ease.

One of the biggest things I do feel I will miss the most about this year, is the convenience of living on campus surrounded by my amazing flat mates who I felt were like the siblings I had never had. Growing up as an only child, especially coming from an Asian background, I always felt very independent and never really had the experience of living in a large household with the company of siblings to look forward to. After spending three terms with my flat mates, this has definitely been a very enjoyable experience for me and I will miss the pre-drink shenanigans and fun we all had during the time we spent together. With accommodation being located very central on campus, forgetting something for a lecture was also an easy fix, as it just required a quick walk back to the accommodation building which took merely a few minutes. Unfortunately next year for many, forgetting something back home would be a bit more of a struggle, keeping in mind Leamington and other places located in more central Coventry require a 10 to 20 minute bus ride, depending on your location.

My first week in University was quite a nerve wracking one and although I do label myself as being very extroverted and sociable, I still had the fear of how the year was going to pan out, who my friends were going to be etc. I know many of these same or even similar concerns will be lurking in the back of all you upcoming first years minds, but from what I can assure you, the first month or so will be an extreme transition period but when everything starts to settle and lectures start to kick in it will surely be an enjoyable time.

Isabel Quah
Isabel Quah | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Isabel

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