I owe a massive apology to everyone who reads this. I’d love to say that I had “Blogger’s Block,” but really I just forgot to post. Anyway, I’m back now! And I certainly have a lot to write about.
I’ve just finished my first semester at the University of Glasgow, where I’m studying German, Italian and Comparative Literature (we compare books from different cultures on the same theme). I’m really trying to be positive about it, but it doesn’t stop me from doubting myself. It’s been a LOT tougher than I had expected, but my choice of subjects meant I only had one official exam – I can’t really complain, because it means I get a whole month off for my Christmas holiday!
I can’t write a post about starting university without mentioning the insanity that was Freshers Week! I’m a commuting student, which means I live with my parents, so I only went to a couple of evening events. I came second in the commuter students quiz (my specialist topic was Taylor Swift, and it was as embarrassing as it sounds)! Went to the ceilidh but everyone there was so wonderfully professional I was too scared to dance! I didn’t really stay long though, because my German introductory lecture was at 9am the following morning.
I didn’t really meet anyone I actually wanted to be friends with until my courses officially started. In my small German seminar alone, there are students from Spain, the Czech Republic, Finland and Greece. It’s absolutely wonderful! I can’t get my head around it sometimes.
It’s taken me a really, really long time to get properly settled in. I hated university at the start of the semester – which is part of the reason I left this post so late. I was just feeling really negative about the whole thing, finding it not just challenging, but impossible. I’ve discovered that meeting people really helped however: university coursework shouldn’t be struggled over alone! My Italian study group meet in Italian cafes around the West End, and we usually order in Italian (much to the delight of the staff)! I think I might finally be finding my feet here.
The campus is pretty amazing too. Although most of my lectures are in the boring, 1970’s blocks that they don’t show on open days, wandering around the old part is about as close as I’ll get to Hogwarts!
Overall, the past 11 weeks (the semesters are so short!) have been the most eye-opening, terrifying but completely awesome times of my entire life. I really owe an apology to everyone who put up with my complaints!