I’ll try not to make this too long but I’ll try to update you on my first few days here. After unpacking in my room, the rest of the day was dedicated to downtime because they knew how tired all the international students would be. But we did have a gathering at the Uni’s pub at night, yes that’s right there is a pub on campus! I went with my UNCW friend Raleigh and Damon (my flat rep) introduced us to a bunch of people (since he’s so popular and all). The first night was definitely a lot of fun and I got to experience being legal to drink which was also something different for me, obviously. On Friday nights every week the pub hosts a big dance called “Bop” where students can dress up in fun outfits going with the theme of that week. The first one has a superhero theme… I was not prepared for themed outfits and we’ll have to improvise some costumes I guess!
The next day, and first full day here, was very busy. We had a long international student orientation where the advisors welcomed us and told us important information for registering for classes and other school related stuff. We also got a tour of the campus so now I have a better idea of where everything is. The campus is BEAUTIFUL by the way. I will be posting some pictures of the pretty greenery, lakes, and buildings we have here… it’s kind of crazy how we go to school here. After the tour, we FINALLY took a big group trip to Asda (the English version of Walmart), which was completely essential because I needed to get so much stuff. I had no toilet paper, towel, food… nothing! So I was extremely happy to go get some things to bring back to my flat. Asda was crazy busy and there was a lot of commotion as maybe 300 international students were wondering around trying to figure out what the best and cheapest options were in the store. Fun fact: they don’t have grape jelly here! It’s also called “jam” instead of jelly!
After our stressful time at Asda, I got back to the flat and was thrilled to be able to take a shower now that I had a towel… it was actually glorious. Then all the international students met up at an eatery on campus for a free dinner which consisted of various mystery finger food that looked like dumplings, sandwiches, and chips (which are “crisps” here). But the best part… free wine! Which we obviously HAD to take advantage of. Check out the picture below of the prettiest cupcake ever along with some lovely free white wine 🙂
We had another night out at the campus pub and met even more people. Everyone seems to keep getting nicer and nicer here and I love that I am now seeing some familiar faces when I walk around campus. I can’t wait until the regular English students get here so I can meet even more people!
Today was finally more of a relaxing day where they set up an information fair for the international students. I learned about the Student Union on campus and am considering writing for the school’s newspaper/magazine. I also talked to someone about getting a gym membership for the semester… it’s called “ROEactive” and is about a 5-10 minute walk from my flat. Not bad! After the information fair I finally had some downtime to relax in my room and write this to all of you. YAY.
More to come soon with pictures of campus, and a finalized schedule of what classes I’ll be taking!
Some English vocab for you all…
joggers – sweatpants
jumper – sweatshirt
knackered – really tired (slang word, somewhat inappropriate)
fit – hot (looks-wise)
tube – train