Finished With Freshers Week… Unfortunately

Last night wrapped up the Freshers Week events and it couldn’t have been more perfect. As I mentioned in my last post, the theme was “back 2 skool” so everyone dressed up like schoolgirls/boys. I decided to channel the throwback Brittney Spears schoolgirl look and rocked a tie and pigtail braids… definitely a famous 90’s look! The first part of the night my friends and I hung out by the bar where a DJ was set up playing tons of American music (which EVERYONE knew). After mingling for a little while, we made our way into a larger event hall with a stage (where BOP and the comedy show took place) to dance along to some more music and wait for S Club to take the stage. Finally, three members of S Club 7 came on stage asking everyone one: “Are you ready to take it back to 1999?” Everyone freaked out screaming frantically since these songs basically defined our childhoods. I definitely knew most of the songs they sang, but some people were jumping around singing every single word. You could tell they were S Club 7 fanatics. While their voices sounded the same when singing all their big hits (S Club Party, Reach, Never Had A Dream Come True, Don’t Stop Movin’, Bring It All Back), they definitely didn’t look like those young 20 year olds anymore which made me realize how much time actually passed since their peak of fame. Nevertheless, the concert was so much fun and everyone got to relive some great childhood music.

After about 30 minutes of the concert, people started to get pretty pushy in the event hall so we left there and made our way to a big outside tent hosting a silent disco. This was by far one of the best parts of Freshers Week, hands down. We waited in a short queue (or line, as we Americans call it) and when we entered the inside of the huge tent there was a station with people giving out headphones. I put my headphones on an immediately heard some music blasting into my ear. But here’s the catch: there are two stations of music you can choose between to listen to. So half the people were listening to station one (more rock and jam out type of music) and the others to station two (club hits for dancing). It was the coolest thing switching back and forth between the stations because you can tell which stations people are listening to by their dancing to certain beats. Another thing to note is that the tent wasn’t completely silent, in fact there were so many people singing out the songs really loudly but with no music out loud. It was such a cool experience! Hopefully the school will host another one of those because it was such a unique dance and I’d love to do it again.

Once we were all silent disco-ed out, we went outside of the union bar where there were stations of different food for people to buy after a long night of dancing and singing. The cheeseburger I got may have been one of the best I’ve ever had in my life (haha, I was so hungry). After completely demolishing my burger with friends, I finally made our way back to my flat and passed out around 3 AM. Last night was insane!

Needless to say, I slept in today and got some much needed beauty sleep. I woke up to a dreary and cold rainy day (one of the first ones since I’ve been here so far!) so I definitely will be just resting and hanging out in my flat today so I can be super prepared for the start of classes tomorrow!

 

 

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More of Freshers Week

Hello all! Freshers Week is almost over and it’s been one of the most fun, yet exhausting, few days! The Laugh Out Loud comedy show on Tuesday 9/18 (night #2) was pretty funny. The show was divided into two acts, a standup comedian named Lee Nelson who has his own show in the UK, and a three person group called Wit Tank & Tom Crane who did short 30 second to 2 minute sketches. Lee Nelson was somewhat funny and interacted with the audience a lot by picking on them, but so much of the slang he used was really unfamiliar to me so I didn’t get half the jokes (it was weird being the one to not understand!). A lot of the time I had to turn to my British friends to ask what he meant! The other sketch group was really entertaining and we definitely had a good laugh that night!

Wednesday night 9/19 (night #3) was one of the events that a lot of Freshers were looking forward to. Roehampton rented out a beautiful night club called the Clapham Grand which was a huge old-fashioned theater turned into a club/bar. The Grand was even bigger and more elaborate than I expected and I had such a good time hanging out with friends and dancing on the huge dance floor there. During the day before going out to the Grand, I went with my group of girls to a nearby town called Hammersmith to go walk around and shop a bit. Thank goodness for Sinead (my adoptive flat rep) who was our guide on how to get there since the bus system by campus is a bit confusing. The main store everyone goes to in Hammersmith is a place called Primark. It’s just like a mixture of Forever 21 and H&M with cute clothes and cheap prices. I bought an awesome sweater and a pair of leggings but I want to go back already and get a pair of black flats because I somehow managed to forget packing them from home (and they really are a necessity here if I don’t feel like dying in my heels for the night)!

I was super excited to be able to sleep in on Thursday 9/20 and definitely took full advantage of that. The Freshers event for that day started in the afternoon and was called “At The Races.” Everyone got dressed up in somewhat fancy attire (“Posh” as the Brits like to call it!) and we were bussed to Kempton Park to watch some horse races. The event was supposed to last until midnight but my friends and I got tired of watching (somewhat due to the cold and our foot pain from wearing heels), so we left early and I had a relaxing night to hang out and catch up with friends from home.

Friday 9/21 was also a great Freshers day. During the day time, Roehampton hosted the Freshers Fair where everyone goes to see what Roehampton has to offer with clubs and sports. The fair kind of reminded me of UNCW’s Involvement Carnival because all the organizations were out there tabling and we got a lot of free stuff! I signed up to receive some more information about Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, and the student magazine called Fresh where I may try to be a contributor for the term. The fair was a great way to see what Roehampton has to offer and I loved being around all the organizations who showed so much spirit. After the Freshers Fair I tried out the on-campus gym, called RoeActive, for the first time and was so glad to be back in the workout groove. They give all students a free week’s trial to test it out, but I will definitely be joining for the term. Although RoeActive is somewhat small, it has all the things I need to stay in shape for three months while I’m here. Plus, if I end up playing basketball or volleyball I can say active with those sports too! At night the Freshers event was Karaoke at the Union bar on campus. It was really crowded so some people decided to leave early, but I ended up sticking around for a while to mingle with some new people. I had a lot of fun, but sadly did not get up on stage to sing a song (maybe another time!).

Today 9/22 I again got to sleep in (so glorious), and then took a walk down the street to a mini grocery store called the Co-operative (Co-op for short). Raleigh and I got some much needed cabinet snacks and food to hold us over before we have to go back to Asda (the big grocery store) again. Then we went to the gym… I really feel like I need to get back in shape before the basketball “taster session” (or open gym as we call it) on Monday!

Tonight is the last night of Freshers Week events and should be one of the best. It’s called the “back 2 skool party” where everyone dresses up in school-like attire (button ups, ties, skirts). Some of the members from the 90’s group S-Club 7 are coming to perform so everyone is SUPER excited about that, even though only two or three of the group members will be there. Other performances include DJ “BEAT-A-MAXX” and Minstry of Sound “Untrash” (according to the event description). Apparently there will be a silent disco too… I will definitely take some pictures and let you know how it goes!

Sorry this post was so long, this week just has been so crazy busy! More to come soon…

20120922-194221.jpg my new sweater from Primark

 before going to The Grand

 out at the Clapham Grand

 At The Races

The Start of Freshers Week

So the last few days I’ve been somewhat busy running errands, attending welcome sessions, and filling out/handing in paperwork for the university in different areas like finance, registration, and accommodation. However, I am learning a lot about on-campus resources and finding all the buildings pretty well. Roehampton isn’t too difficult to navigate through after a few days!

On Sunday (9/16), the rest of my flatmates arrived and moved in to their rooms on my hall. I thought I was getting four new girls, but it turns out I counted wrong and we only have a five person flat instead (oops!). I’m happy that I can be living with more than just one person now, but still haven’t really gotten to know the girls very well. Mayta is the other international girl from Spain that moved in two days after me and she is very friendly and likes to cook with her friend, so the flat always smells really good. The other three girls are from England so I’m excited to be living with some British natives who may know some things I don’t… and be around their accent a lot. Their names are Emily, Sammy, and Yen Yen and they all seem pretty nice. However, it seems like some of them keep to themselves quite a bit and I kind of wish we were closer flatmates. The flat can get really quiet so I’m really trying to make an effort to get to know them!

I spend a lot of my time in Newman (another dorm building) with Raleigh, Chelsea, and Liza who all live on the same hall there. Newman is just a few minute walk from my building so it’s not too bad. Their flat rep (AKA RA) is the sweetest girl named Sinead and she really makes me feel welcome there… I like to say that Newman is my second home next to Shaw. The girls also have four guys who just moved in and they are all super friendly and welcoming (Theo, Conor, Evan, James). It’s good to be their honorary flatmate!

As of yesterday (Monday 9/17), Freshers Week at Roehampton has officially begun. At this Uni, Freshers Week consists of a fun event each night to welcome all the first year students and help them get to know each other. Last night was a special BOP dance just for flat reps and freshers with a UV theme. They gave us a special white t-shirt to decorate and wear to the dance and glow sticks when we got there to shine under the UV blacklights. It was definitely my favorite night here so far! I find it so funny that at the dance and bar get-togethers, they play tons of American music from the 90s and early 2000s. I really haven’t heard a song I don’t know yet so it’s pretty cool that everyone loves our American jams!

Lastly, today was another more laid back day or hanging out but I did get to finalize my class schedule and get my Roehampton student ID! This term I will be taking Intro to Sociology, Development of Children’s Literature, and a class called Media City and Cultural Capital, which consists of travelling around London with other international students and learning about media and journalism (I’m SUPER excited about this one). And the good news is that I only have class two days a week! I plan on doing a lot of travelling over some long weekends. Very exciting.

Tonight’s Freshers event is called Laugh Out Loud which is a stand-up comedy act coming to campus. I actually have to go get ready for it right now so that’s all for the moment! More updates to come.

20120919-122242.jpg Digby Stuart welcome social with my girls Raleigh Chelsea and Liza

20120919-122354.jpg Newman flatmates… Plus me

20120919-122449.jpg glowing at the UV BOP

 BOP!

20120919-122552.jpg Chelsea Raleigh Sinead and Connor outside of bop

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laundry time…