Apart from the obvious learning of geology stuff, such as the difference between biotite and muscovite mica … I’ve also learnt so much more!
When you come to uni, something a lot of people realise is that what they think is completely normal is actually something no-one else has ever heard of doing. A lot of these things are domestic related…until many people come to uni, the only way they see something done is the way parents do it at home. For example, before I’d come here, I thought it was completely the done thing to put frozen peas in macaroni cheese. Apparently not. Also, I had no idea you could cook rice in the microwave!
The fact you also live with your friends rather than just seeing them at school has also taught me a lot. I never knew how many different ways there are to react to exam pressure – ranging from my complete indifference, to locking yourself away in the library for the month beforehand or to pulling all nighters the week before!
You learn a lot about the people you live with. I’ve also found out that a lot of the fears I had at the start of the year (mainly revolving around ending up with no friends and spending the entire weekend on my own, sitting in my room with nothing to do) were the same for a lot of other people. We just didn’t want to admit to it at the time.
So, looking back, I have actually developed so much as a person for coming to university, coming here is the best decision I have ever made!
PS – Now I promise to get back to regular blogging, and actually do some useful posts for people thinking of applying/ hoping for a place this October.