It’s good to be back
When the UK lockdown started in March, I felt as though there was a near-infinite amount of time stretching before me that I somehow had to fill. The thought of going back to university seemed so, so far away.
But that time is over. I moved into my second year house a week and a half ago, and it’s so good to be back. Yes, it’s been different to how I imagined it would be, but I’m still having such a good time.
(As you’ve probably gathered by now, this is more of a life update than an advice blog, but I hope you enjoy it anyway!)
I’ve loved getting back into the swing of student life. I knew I missed living with my friends, but I’d forgotten just how much fun it is. I loved the freedom and independence that student life brought me last year, and I can feel it again this year despite the social restrictions currently in place.
Some things have been unexpected since I arrived here. When I met my friends in real life for the first time in months, it felt almost as though we were meeting for the very first time again. That feeling passed quickly, but it was definitely something unanticipated that I noticed happening more than once.
I had a similar feeling when I went for a walk around campus. It felt familiar yet unfamiliar. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy being there, I really did, but it still felt strange to be there after spending six months wondering what it would be like when I went back.
Now that I’ve been on campus, I’m really looking forward to starting term and regaining a bit more of a sense of normality and routine. But before that happens, there’s just a few more days to fill.
Since arriving at my uni house, I’ve been enjoying going for walks – it’s really helped me to get to know my new local area, and it’s a great way to relax or catch up with a friend. The lovely weather last week also meant that I could meet with friends and spend the day in the gardens, which felt like I was winning back a little bit of time lost from Term 3.
Something else I’ve been doing is reading. I read nearly constantly during the holidays, but during term time, I tend to forget how much I love it. I think it’s because my course is very word-heavy – after spending the day reading academically, I don’t really consider reading for leisure as well. I’m going to try not to fall into that again this year as lockdown really reignited my love for books, and with so much being virtual at the moment, it’s nice to do something that doesn’t involve a screen.
Other than that, I haven’t got any set plans for what to do with my few remaining days. I’m sure I will fill them, but at the moment I’m just happy to be here, and I’m really looking forward to getting back to uni.