I’m writing this on a Sunday, the official end of Freshers’ Week and to be 100% honest, the past few days have not been too great. I’m still pretty homesick but I still attended a couple events from Wednesday to today, so here we go, this is a recap of the second half of Freshers’. Unfortunately, I did not really take a lot of pictures during that time, sooo… sorry about that haha.
So on Wednesday, the 12th of September, I had my first course induction events, which was really exciting. I essentially spent my entire afternoon at Uni, attending Welcome Talks and getting my photo taken for my Student I.D.. After going to a workshop on how to get a part-time job in the UK, I headed back to the flat and my flatmates and me attempted to make Pancakes. However, we all still have not 100% figured out the stove and therefore, we ended up with one edible pancake and a big amount of burnt dough. I hate throwing away food, so I felt horrible about the whole thing but we really tried our best.
I headed to bed relatively early, since I had to be at the National Museum of Scotland at 10 am the next day. After a belated and therefore pretty stressful bus-ride, we arrived at the meeting point a couple of minutes too late, but there were quite a few people who got there after us, so it was fine.
Our lecturers were hanging out around the huge museum and we were split up into groups and had to try to find all the lecturers while exploring the building and the different exhibitions. However, at lunch time, something (or someone haha) set off the fire alarm and so everyone had to evacuate the building. After standing outside in the cold for a while, we were told to go and have some lunch and sure enough, the people were only allowed back in after about an hour and a half, so sitting in front of a nice café and having some food was certainly a good decision. We spent the afternoon back in the museum in a seminar room, doing some exercises in small groups, which was actually really nice and a quite relaxed way to end the day.
After a quick trip to Sainsbury’s, I jumped on the train and headed back to Campus, where I got to Skype with my family. I know there are different opinions on homesickness and whether skyping helps or just makes it worse, but for me, it was definitely a good idea. I was just so excitedto talk to my parents instead of texting them and having to hang up in the end was quite sad.
The next morning, I got up pretty early again to first head to a Library Workshop (where we learnt how to look up books, journal articles etc. in the library), followed by a Theatre-themed workshop. This was by far my favorite thing I did this week. We once again split up into smaller groups and then had to create a short play in like an hour, using some pictures that our Workshop leader printed out as inspiration. This exercise was SO fun and the first time I really felt like I had made the right choice coming here and choosing this course.
Friday was also the day my boyfriend returned from his vacation in Italy and the first time we would be able to facetime again in like 5 days, which might not seem like a lot, but it felt like an eternity.
So of course, I was determined to stay awake until he was home. I had quite a long time to kill in the evening, so I went to the Accommodation lounge and ended up watching the movie „Knocked Up“ with another International student. I had such a good time and it felt almost like sitting at home in my living room. After the movie had finished, it was time to go back to my room and finally see Flo again. We ended up facetiming for 3 hours, which left me tired but ready to go to sleep happily.
My weekend has not been all too busy so far. I talked to my grandparents, posted a letter and went to a free brunch hosted by the ResLife Team. The only thing I really have planned for today is to finally do some laundry, so the rest of the day I will probably use to relax and prepare for my first lectures on Tuesday. I’m actually really excited about finally learning and being busy and hopefully a little less homesick.