Freshers Week


What a fantastic week! I always thought it was hyped up in prospectuses etc, but it really lived up to all expectations. Having arrived on Saturday, the first of two arrival days, I had some time to sort out my various possessions (and nip out to buy a duvet which I had forgotten). Most of the people on my corridor (8 in total) were to be found unpacking or making cups of tea/coffee in the kitchen area.

Over the next few days my room was looking more approachable and I had met various people from different floors, buildings, and pubs. The peer guides were a great help with coordinating nights out and generally helping us settle in and get to know the place.

After a formal welcome by the vice-chancellor and co. on Monday morning the rest of the week was dedicated to departmental activities, “Serendipity”, and registration.

serendipity – noun – “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way : a fortunate stroke of serendipity | a series of small serendipities.” (Oxford Dictionary).

origin 1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”

Serendipity was definately one of the highlights of the week. After getting the dull stuff out of the way (choosing modules etc), this two day ‘freshers fair’ was fabulous. Over 180 different clubs/societies were literally grabbing students from the crowds, feeding them sweets, and getting them to sign up to anything from underwater hockey and ultimate frisbee to the BWRPS (Wargaming and Role Playing Society). I have so far paid membership for the music, walking and mountaineering societies.

An informatics trip out to the Llanddudno Superbowl was a nice way to end the week followed by an orchestra rehearsal in the evening, and a trip up Snowdon tomorrow with the walking club should be a pleasant refresher before Monday morning’s 9 O’Clock lecture (I have four of those in a week *sigh*). My timetable can be viewed here, however, although it looks pretty packed, I have not yet been told what groups (a, b, c, or d) I’m in, so some of the slots will be freed up.

I couldn’t have asked for better halls – they’re just great. Ours is the tallest building with 8 storeys. I’m on the 5th floor (we do have a lift incidentally), with a lovely south-west view out towards Anglesey (and sunsets) or a north-east view towards the sea and mountains (NE). I shall be posting some photos of the views shortly as they are just breathtaking. The only disadvantage of facing south-west is that, for those geographers amoungst you, this is where the dominant wind comes from in the UK, so when it rains it tends to come in horizontally combined with a good beating from the strong winds. So far there’s only been one fire alarm and the lift has only broken down once, but I expect there will be many repeats of this in the coming year.

Anyhow, that’s enough for now, roll on graduation (apparently I’ll be a Bangoriad once I’ve graduated here, isn’t that nice).

Update: Another fire alarm tonight, our kitchen’s fault for the second time – apparently someone was burning toast – I was out yet again however, so I missed the firemen teaching the girls how to use the toaster, honestly!


One Response to “Freshers Week”

  1. 1 dd

    Toast! We weren’t allowed toasters in “The Wood” for fear of overloading the circuits in the rooms! On the plus side, someone used one once…and caused the rest of the college to have to evacuate when they set off the fire alarm, so maybe it is a good thing.

    And what’s this wimpish thing about lifts!? Dafyd will moan when he hears there’s one… what with his stairs last year and the mountain this year!

    You have to expect rain in Wales!

    Anyway… continue to have fun!


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