11th – 17th January 2016
In stark contrast to last week’s relaxation, this week has been one of my busiest at uni yet. Monday included four lectures (I’d normally have three in a whole week) and I walked over five miles just around campus, so that pretty much set the tone! I also had my first classes for my new modules, my first Italian class of the term and three days of frantic editing of the student paper. But busy doesn’t necessarily mean bad – in fact, this has been an absolutely wonderful week in many ways.
My lectures served to introduce my new modules and start us thinking about some of the topics we’ll be focusing on, which was really helpful going into our critical reading, seminars and workshops. I know I’ll really enjoy my Victorian module as my tutor is absolutely brilliant; on the other hand, my Global Lit studies haven’t gone as well as planned so far, but I’m putting some things in place to help change that. My weekly Italian class also started back up, and this term we’ve been given a new teacher who was absolutely wonderful. I was starting to struggle a little with Italian towards the end of last term, but this change has rekindled my excitement at learning this beautiful language.
You might know that I’m Features Editor at York’s original student paper and oldest society, Nouse. It’s a role I absolutely adore, and this week was production week for the paper; every waking hour I wasn’t in classes on Monday to Wednesday was essentially spent in the office – I even went back at 8pm on Wednesday after my Italian class. Some of my friends think I’m mad, but the truth is I absolutely thrive on it. Some of my ‘colleagues’ who have been working on the paper for a year or so tell me that I’ll soon change my mind, but I’m not so sure; the office is easily one of my favourite places on campus, even if I’m only there three days a month. Now that I’ve finally got my head around InDesign, the programme we use to lay up all our pages, I’m really excited to see our work on real paper this week.
This week has also served to show me that my efforts to meet more people in my department have really paid off. After my final class of the week on Thursday morning I met Jess and we went back to her flat for coffee for a few hours (the gales were so bad the rain was literally going sideways) and it was so wonderful to just talk for hours. Along with family and friends she’s training for the London Marathon in order to raise money for Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall hospice, where her dad Martin received palliative care two years ago. Their whole team are incredible and inspiring – they’ve already completed a number of challenging races ahead of the Marathon! – and you can donate to their efforts here. I was so motivated that I finally got to the gym for a session!
On Thursday evening Jimmy, Paige, Hina and I all took a trip to the York Student Cinema to see the recent version of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender. I had my reservations about the film, though parts of it were very good, but the setup of the Cinema itself was absolutely amazing – and it only cost us £3 to get in! After the film finished I received a message from my housemates telling me they were heading over to campus for some drinks, so I met them there and we had a lovely chilled evening.
On Friday my housemates Becca, Poppy and I went into town along with my lovely friend Micah. Micah and I have been talking on Facebook since August, but for one reason or another we only just managed to meet this week! I’m so glad we’ve finally met up because we clicked instantly and we all had a lovely couple of hours browsing the shops. Finally, last night my housemates and I, along with some guests went for some drinks in town. I hardly went out last term, mainly because clubbing *really* isn’t my thing, but I’m very happy to sit in a bar with some drinks and just chat. It was such a lovely night – hopefully there will be many more!
This week I’ve been…
Reading: Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih, translated by Denys Johnson-Davies. It’s a strange book that I’m still getting my head around even after I’ve finished it, but I’m really looking forward to my classes on it this week in order to explore it further.
Watching: My ultimate guilty pleasure, Pretty Little Liars, which came back to Netflix for the second half of its latest season. I’m not really sure what attracts me to this show but I binged on it for weeks in the summer and now I just need all my questions answered.
Listening to: Joshua Radin. I only ever listen to his music in the winter months, and his lovely voice and guitar playing feels just right for long evenings and chilly bus rides.
Grateful for*: The people I have around me at university. I hoped I might find one or two friends here, but this week has really shown me how many wonderful people I’ve been lucky enough to meet in less than twelve weeks here.
*I’m adding this category this week following Sophie Rosie’s series on the same subject – be sure to check her blog out!
Things should be a little more chilled next week, with classes settling down into a more normal routine and no newspaper to design. That means I’ll have more time to get to the gym, get stuck into my reading, and blog. Best of all, G is coming up to visit on Friday which I absolutely can’t wait for. Hopefully we’ll have a really lovely weekend, and I won’t be ill this time around!
How’s your week been? What have you been reading, watching and listening to? What are your plans for the coming week?
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