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First "proper" Week At Uni

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Nick L

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After the fun of freshers week, it was time to knuckle down and start what I came to uni for. My first term of my first term involves 4 compulsory modules and an extra optional one. I have 2 Meteorology modules (Introduction to Meteorology and Weather & Climate fundamentals) as well as 2 Maths modules (Calculus and Vectors & Matrices). My optional module is Physics of the Natural World. Thankfully so far the Maths and Physics have been A Level difficulty, but I'm sure that will change very soon!

My timetable isn't too bad either, only 2 9am starts, and on Friday I don't start til 12!

The uni is fantastic, my only minor gripe is that it's a 20 minute walk from my hall to the Met building. But seeing as I have a bike and it's a very scenic route (through trees, fields and over a lake) I don't really mind.

I am also in catered accommodation (I'm lazy, I know!), you might think the food would be "questionable", but it's a brand new catering facility and the food quality/quantity is fantastic. My flatmates and coursemates are great too, although I am classed as a northerner here, despite my protests insisting I am a Midlander :D

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Hi Nick,

Great to see you have settled in well and enjoying uni life! :D

I'm now about to start Week 6 (!) here and have a reading week coming up for Week 7, so will be halfway through my first term already! Loving it here though, the course I'm doing has been good and fairly basic so far but I am sure it will get harder very soon. Got a nice timetable too - two 9am starts and a 4 day weekend :D

Flatmates are great, and meeting loads of new people on the course so don't regret giving up home and job for uni! You're lucky to have catered accomodation! Plenty of my flatmates could do with that judging by the food they burn haha!

Paul

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[quote name='Paul B' date='16 October 2010 - 00:34 '] Hi Nick,

Great to see you have settled in well and enjoying uni life! :D

I'm now about to start Week 6 (!) here and have a reading week coming up for Week 7, so will be halfway through my first term already! Loving it here though, the course I'm doing has been good and fairly basic so far but I am sure it will get harder very soon. Got a nice timetable too - two 9am starts and a 4 day weekend :D

Flatmates are great, and meeting loads of new people on the course so don't regret giving up home and job for uni! You're lucky to have catered accomodation! Plenty of my flatmates could do with that judging by the food they burn haha!

Paul [/quote]

Glad you are enjoying it too! Argh, your timetable is far nicer than mine. My spring timetable is far worse - I have 4 9am starts!! I don't think I will be having a reading week, got my first set of Maths and Physics problem sheets though - nothing too difficult though so far but I am absolutely certain it will crank up a few gears. Haven't done a great deal of Meteorology yet, mainly learning about the different layers of the atmosphere and basic satellite imagery analysis.

Half of my flat are Midlanders so I don't feel quite so isolated :p. I'm so glad I'm not self catered, I am eating far better than a lot of them by the sounds of it. We don't get evening meals at weekends though so we can sample the takeaway cuisines of Reading :D. Getting up for breakfast hasn't been easy at times though, despite the fact that breakfast is on until midday!!

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Ah the joys of Uni life..or polytechnic in my case..i left in 1991 (1987-91).. i only ever remember havin one 9 am start and that was on a monday..wednesday was a free day because i played for the 1st team at football in the university leagues.

Heres a tip if you want that was given to me before i started and was true for me...the people you meet in your first week are the people you spend the next four years trying to avoid!..lol

Also if your next four years are anything like mine they will be probably some of the best times of your life..mind you i did spend a lot more time in the bar and on the football pitch than i did in lectures. You make some great lifelong friends and meet some interesting people.

Hope you have as much fun as i did..good luck!

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[quote name='cheeky_monkey' date='16 October 2010 - 07:38 '] Ah the joys of Uni life..or polytechnic in my case..i left in 1991 (1987-91).. i only ever remember havin one 9 am start and that was on a monday..wednesday was a free day because i played for the 1st team at football in the university leagues.

Heres a tip if you want that was given to me before i started and was true for me...the people you meet in your first week are the people you spend the next four years trying to avoid!..lol

Also if your next four years are anything like mine they will be probably some of the best times of your life..mind you i did spend a lot more time in the bar and on the football pitch than i did in lectures. You make some great lifelong friends and meet some interesting people.

Hope you have as much fun as i did..good luck! [/quote]

Thanks :D

So far I love my flatmates and the friends I have made on my course, but I am barely 2 weeks in yet....

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[quote name='Nick L' date='16 October 2010 - 00:58 ']

Glad you are enjoying it too! Argh, your timetable is far nicer than mine. My spring timetable is far worse - I have 4 9am starts!! I don't think I will be having a reading week, got my first set of Maths and Physics problem sheets though - nothing too difficult though so far but I am absolutely certain it will crank up a few gears. Haven't done a great deal of Meteorology yet, mainly learning about the different layers of the atmosphere and basic satellite imagery analysis.

Half of my flat are Midlanders so I don't feel quite so isolated :p. I'm so glad I'm not self catered, I am eating far better than a lot of them by the sounds of it. We don't get evening meals at weekends though so we can sample the takeaway cuisines of Reading :D. Getting up for breakfast hasn't been easy at times though, despite the fact that breakfast is on until midday!! [/quote]

My 2nd semester time table is even nicer than the 1st semester, 6 hours of lectures a week, a 5 day weekend, and a fieldtrip to the Isle of Wight for one week in April! Just using this first year to get back into writing essays, etc. as its been 10 years since I last wrote an essay!

I'm sure you are eating much better than all of us who are self catering! We do tend to take in turns to cook a meal for everyone to share, so that helps. I think most students would struggle to get up for breakfast before midday!!

Have a great time mate! :)

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Good to hear its going well mate, I'm in the final year of uni now and got the fun of a dissertation this year to do, 10,000 words sounds alot but actually it really isn't when its something you really enjoy about, probably going to be tougher to leave stuff out!

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