Hi there! I’m Shika, and I’m in the first year of my Computer Science degree.
I’m writing this at the beginning of Term 3. At this point, I’ve settled into university life… and yet there are still times when I wear my cloak of naivety like a babe in the woods.
Case in point: last week, I had to ask some older students in my department how to print something in colour.
I, a CS student, was flummoxed by a printer.
So far, university life has been an absolute whirlwind. Coming from Coventry, I had the benefit of knowing the campus and the area from day 0, so that was an aspect of adjustment I did not personally have to experience. That being said, I had never lived on my own before this, nor had I ever properly cooked! ‘Twas a learning curve, indeed.
By now, I can successfully change my own bedsheets, keep my room tidy (sort of) and cook a decent meal. Cooking, for me, has been the biggest challenge. I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would not eat pot noodles, which meant that initially, I had to give my inexperienced self at least two hours for dinner (cook, eat and clean).
Student cooking is a logistical challenge. I’ll leave it at that for now, but I reckon I’ll write another post dedicated to feeding oneself in the student habitat.
Work-wise, there is no doubt that university studies are a jump up from A levels. It’s not necessarily the difficulty of the content, but rather the real difference is in the way it is taught.
One does not simply attend a lecture and get spoon-fed some information.
I found that once I was enlightened of this specific fact, life got a lot easier! It really helps that I have found the content interesting, and the lecturers engaging (we have some real legends in our department). In Computer Science, we get a lot of coursework, which I personally prefer as I can take my time with my work and reach a standard that I am happy with.
University, of course, isn’t just about work. Upon arrival, one of the things I was most excited about was the opportunity to try new things and have fun! As someone with such a wide range of interests, I was so spoilt for choice when it came to societies and sports clubs! In a way, this was an issue for me because I found it so hard to decide, so what I’ve been doing this year is trying out lots of things. Next year, though, I’m planning to stick to a few societies/sports clubs to get really involved in them.
So far, I have dabbled in Jiu-Jitsu, taken part in psychology experiments and tried a Creme Egg milkshake (yum!). I’m loving the monthly food market, where I make it a point to try new food. Food!
So yeah, all in all, it’s been a pretty good year so far.
(Now cue exams. Hahahahah)