Hey all! This entry comes from the other half of the globe (Berkeley CA to be precise)! I’ve settled in quite snugly thanks to parents and sisters. Classes have also begun; in fact, I had a test the other day. And as a welcome present I had been handed some homework too.
But in all seriousness, this place is beautiful. You can see the bay and the Golden Gate bridge from campus. Huge, coloured flowers grow in the wild everywhere. You can even find the famous redwood trees! I wanted to take some photos and post them for your viewing benefit, but the camera is dead (took too many shots I suppose) and I lack a UK-US converter. All the photos are in my memory, but unfortunately that is of the nervous type rather than the binary type. Well anyway.
I’m probably a little late in saying this, but CONGRATS to all our incoming freshers! You all well and truly deserve a place at a world-class institute. And if you’ve been admitted to Mech Eng – special congrats. And if you were at the interview when I was a tour guide – even more special congrats!!!!
Hahaha. I remember being soooo nervous before the results were announced. And then I was apprehensive afterwards too. Once I realised I was in, I was nervous about coming to Imperial and starting life anew. And then I started fretting about making friends, progress tests, and then exams etc etc.
But then I realised if you are scared the whole time, you won’t be able to savour your position! You are at the best university in the world, located in London, which is the centre of that world. I mean, think back to when you were ten. Did you ever imagine you would come this far? And this is only the beginning, god knows where life will take us once we have our degree…!
When I came, I was most scared about living in halls. Weird eh, normally that’s the part of student life freshers most look forward to. But hall life turned out to be extremely fun and comfortable, especially at Weeks. They had new events to look forward to everyday and the hall seniors were very kind, thoughtful, crazy and patient people. But still, I did feel a little homesick during the first few weeks, especially while I was still solidifying my daily routine. It was the smallest and silliest things that made me yearn for home – things like:
1. The shower being occupied when I needed to use it. And when it was free, it was dirty.
2. Not knowing where to put my gazillion pots and pans – and when I did find a place it felt awkward. I ended up keeping some of mine in my room, took me a while to realise that was allowed :S
3. Using someone else’s dishwashing soap. (I wasn’t used to using stuff belonging to others)
4. And last of all…not being able to connect to the internet on my first day!!!
As you can tell, these are all petty problems. Luckily they were easy to fix/live with (kinda like hall mates lol). I promise you, you will adore the hall experience : )
Anyway, I should get going now. I think this might be my last blog post ever – a saddening thought. I really enjoyed posting about the random stuff I did, and hopefully it was of some interest to you all. I would love to continue on next year, we’ll see. Maybe we gotta let some fresh blood in!
Also, as usual, if you have any questions post a comment or email me and I will get back to you. It was great to hear from so many of you over the holidays. Keep it up!!!!