Now that my blog is all set up and ready to go, I thought I’d probably better start off by telling anyone who is actually bothering to read it, a little bit about me.
Well, my name is Dawn and I come from near Reading, in Berkshire. I was born there but haven’t lived there all my life, I grew up in a few different places around the world, but I’ve been back in England since just before going to secondary school. I’ve got a little sister back home (well not so little, she’s in 6th form now) and a golden retriever. He’s a bit of a canine dustbin (literally, he will eat anything, including dishcloths!) and although I miss having him around apparently he’s indifferent to me having left home…
I guess I should tell you a bit about why I came here. At first I actually had no intention of applying to any London universities. I’ve lived in big cities before, and it wasn’t really my thing. However when I saw the course here at Imperial on their website, my Mum persuaded me to give it a chance and come for a visit- if nothing else I got a day off school and a visit to London.
Coming here for the open day totally changed my mind. The college itself was awesome and even though it is in the middle of London, you’ve got huge green spaces like Hyde Park just a few minutes’ walk away. Not to forget my course and department, which I thought were the best I’d seen.
Now I’ve got here I still love it! Before I came I was slightly nervous however, when I told people I was coming to Imperial, their first reaction tended to be – ‘Wow, that’ll be a lot of hard work!’. This slightly worried me, as I wasn’t by any means a particularly hard working person at school – I really hated being told to learn to a syllabus, and how everything was about passing my exams. Luckily, I would definitely say I get on better with the more independent style of learning at university, and how we’re encouraged to follow our interests!
Outside of boring worky stuff, I love anything outdoorsy and generally being a fairly active person! I’m loving the free swimming we get, and I’ve already been walking in the Lake District since I came – and I’m going iceskating next weekend hopefully J. (pictures to follow!)