Only seven days have passed and it feels like an entire month. Let’s begin with move in day which comprised of carrying three suitcases across campus to the dorms. I definitely do not need that gym membership now. One thing I’ve learned so far, is that the first floor really means 2-3 flights of stairs.
If I were asked to describe my first week it was definitely a rollercoaster between settling in, having delays in registration and culture shock. Being a junior in college in America, I was approved and suggested to do 3000 and 4000 level classes, but the joke was on me that my degree in Nottingham is three years instead of four, so I found myself sitting in a masters class with MSc and phd students on the first day. No worries, the teacher reassured me that the class is quite manageable and to quote from the famous Whitney Huston ‘I will survive’.
I did realize that the classes are mixed, in that, students across faculties and post graduates are eligible to take them, so once again I found myself in classes where I was one of a handful of undergraduates. Within the short period of time, I made multiple trips to the city to the point where I’m all too familiar with it and I met people from five different countries within five days. Next stop? mastering the British accent and being consistent in waking up at 7 a.m.
Another takeaway is that the days are quite short, so it is important to have a schedule, I for one believed I could stick to my old routine, however when breakfast starts at 7:30, class at 10, a dorm about 20 minutes from classes and a girl who takes about 2 hours to get ready, some things just aren’t possible. Here are a few more takeaways:
- ALWAYS check the weather, when it says it’s not going to snow or rain. IT IS going to snow and rain.
- Take everyone you meet within the first week’s social media, this helps with breaking the ice with people in the same situation as you.
- Be prepared to be healthy. With my few trips to Tesco, Poundland and other food stores on and off campus, I noticed some common denominators which are: vegan, organic, sugar-free, fat-free and gluten-free. This was all quite new to me, but you will find things you like and how to get around what you don’t.
- Get involved. Nottingham’s student union is a great hub for activities and socializing to help ease the stress of school, they have a welcome hub and welcome cafe’s if you ever just want to sit down and eat a pizza.
Until next time, please enjoy this quote and some pictures.
Do not be afraid to try new things, a life of fear will never reveal to you your passion, the only way to unlock that is to venture out, the world is here for you- Ulani