Written by Dawson La, Materials Science and Engineering (MEng)
Ten months ago, in October of 2022, I was nervous, scared and doubtful about what lay ahead. I was about to start my degree in Materials Science and Engineering as a first-year fresher. Throwing myself into the deep end wasn’t exactly something that my formerly shy and reserved self was used to doing. Looking back, I see an academic year full of self-development, challenges and plenty of fun! But what has this year taught me, and where am I now?
One of the first and most nerve-racking challenges I had to face was making friends.
Is it too early to be thinking about going back to university? It’s that weird time at the end of the year, between Christmas and New Year’s, when no one really knows what day it is or what they’re supposed to be doing. In this time I find my thoughts keep coming back to the start of Term 2, which is just one week away now.
Firstly, I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas, whether you spent it at home with your family and friends or here in London exploring the city. With New Year’s Eve coming up and then Term 2 starting just a few days after that, here’s some tips for making the most of the last week of the holidays.
Universities have a wide range of students, each of them with their own personality and opinions. However, there’s one thing in common among them all, something that all of us look forward to and that is spring “break”.
The quotation marks on the word “break” are, by no means, a typo, but a way of expressing the sweet and sour flavour of such a time.
The Cambridge Dictionary describes break as a time away from work or your regular activity, or a holiday.
It will be appropriate to say that our spring break could be described using half of this definition.
For those of you who don’t know me and I mean really don’t know me (anyone who has ever met me will now be rolling their eyes) I took a gap year. At school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was nearing the end of two highly turbulent years and the last thing I wanted to do, was have another three years of the same.
As a child of an accountant and a political activist it was presumed that I would go to university, so I applied at the same time as everyone else, filling my personal statement with platitudes about my love of pure learning and the importance of education and clicked the submit button.