Hello all! This post is happening a bit later than anticipated as I found myself caught up in a whirlwind of paperwork and delays. I arrived in Nottingham two weeks ago and have been working non stop to get all of my course approvals and credits aligned. I found that the credits I was being offered weren’t near enough, therefore I had to scramble to find another course, obtain an approval, and submit an updated SAE through a million different emails. My financial aid is still being withheld as well as I haven’t received the proper paperwork from my host university either. To say things have been a struggle is a bit of an understatement.
My actual courses on the other hand and university itself are completely different! I’ve been able to speak with each of my professors and everyone seems very kind and willing with any questions I have. My classmates have greeted me with a surprisingly similar manner, asking me about my studies and my plans. The coursework doesn’t appear to be that large of a shift, with the exception of actual graded assignments. Most of my modules have 1-2 assessments that make up the entirety of the grades, as opposed to multiple assignments and projects. This was overwhelming at first, but as I completed my second week of classes I believe it to be manageable.
The campus and the city of Nottingham I absolutely adore! We’re located in the midlands of England where access to both northern and southern cities is fairly easy. Campus is beautiful with amazing architecture and greenery. Not to mention eight libraries! It’s taking a bit of getting used to all the hills combined with colder weather I’ll admit. Our main building has pretty much everything we could need from a food court, convenience store, cafe and pub, to small shops, a music library, and occasional markets and sales. There’s two tram stations near campus, therefore if a trip into the city center is needed it can easily be done!
The city life of Nottingham is fairly relaxed. I’ve noticed how early shops close, even on weekends. During the day, however, it’s bustling with cafes, pubs, small shops, and of course my new favorite Primark. My first weekend I stayed at the Hilton Nottingham while awaiting for my student accommodation to be completed. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet another student from USF that is studying the full school year. She was able to show me all of her favorite spots, including Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, one of the many claiming to be England’s oldest pub. Trips to the center are quite normal and I’m eager to work my way around downtown.