I don’t know where to begin.
“I’ve had better”. That’s a phrase I’ve uttered numerous times since I’ve been back at university. In case anyone thinks I was being my usual coy (read: cryptically, annoyingly-closed) self, it’s because my dad spent most of the winter break in hospital. I think I was entitled to be a small misery guts, mmkay? Christmas Day, however, was one of the few days which passed without a hitch. Congratulations to Team Stylianou!
So, to further elaborate on going home properly for the first time in many weeks: no washing up, no macaroni cheese ready meals….the ability to drive into Guildford town centre whenever I wanted…it was student bliss.
I’ve got a packed 2009, though. After spending a New Year’s Eve with a select three friends and my mother (and my Wii), I decided I’d take at least one photo for every day of the new year. A daunting, perhaps clichéd task? Well, my reasoning was that it would force me to not only become horrifically familiar with my dSLR, but also seize control of my days and actually…do something. Eating and sleeping is now permanently fixed in my timetable, not an optional module for my time. Not forgetting that I plan to merge the term ‘get involved’ and ‘Student’s Union’ to a new extreme. From my QMUL visit to a Taboo party in Egham, my plan has worked so far.
Having said that my year was to be busy, campus is as dull as ever. This greatly disappoints me. Although I’m busy Monday-Friday with my course and various SU commitments, the amount of people who have left by 7pm on a Friday is tragic. I’ve had an all-time high of three people (including myself) who have stayed the weekend in a flat of eight. To take that average and place it in context, that’s roughly 37% of people who stay on campus and in Egham at the weekends. Ridiculous! A new term would surely bring a change to this – we’re settled in, we’ve made friends. Why, essentially, do people feel the need to commute to university if they have a place on campus! I’m sorry, but this gets me riled up. So much so, that I’m sitting in my flat, watching my home Sky+ streaming from my Slingbox. Actually, that’s not too bad…
Check in to my flickr account, have a look at my eclectic(ly embarrassing) last.fm charts and hopefully I’ll be back more often with some personal gonzo journalism. I also accept unannounced campus visits, invitations to other universities and [love] letters. This term? I’m going to have a better one.