Well, the year started with quite a few parties to begin with. A few at college and the rest at Clayponds, the college hall of residence where am putting up. Before I knew it, I was eased into the pace of “London Life”. Time at college has been spent by lazing away at the B-school cafeteria or the computer lab, i.e when we didn’t have any classes. Once done for the day South Kensington is full of pubs to finish a tiring day with a few pints of the bitter. If that doesn’t satisfy take the tube to Leicester Square, and drop into any Irish pub, O’Neill is where I would advise you to head for. The ladies can always indulge a bit of shopping. Oxford Street is not far off, neither is High Street Kensington. So, splurging is not really difficult here. As the day drew to a close, one had to take a tube again to head for he humble quarters that he/she might be having. In my case its South Ealing, which would be 20 min by tube on the Piccadilly Line towards Heathrow from South Kensington.
The best part of being in London is the wonderful transport. All you need is your Oyster card and off you go take the tube, take the bus - its your call all the way. Though the tube doesn’t run past midnight, you can always take the night buses which literally form a network around the city to ensure one does get back to his bed at the end of a night out. The advice here though is to check the routes you’d need to take while getting back before you step out. Check the same on www.tfl.gov.uk.
I could give you blow by blow account of the first week here but then that would take up a lot of space and honestly am too lazy. However, its not all fun and fooling around at Imperial. Sadly, for the much fun spirited person, studies here is a serious business. Pull up your socks from day one, for its going to demand all you attention for the better part of the week. Here at B-school, the professors put in their due effort and often stretch that extra mile to make your study at Imperial worthwhile. Obviously, you cannot just sit back and enjoy. And then there are the group works. The fundamental at work here is to inculcate a spirit of team work which in later years would definitely prove beneficial. Concepts are not just to be learn but applied as one realises while working on the case studies and going through the group assignments. Before you realise it, the schedule gets busy and its end of term.
And Christmas time and New Year’s Celebration.
More on that later.