Rolling out of bed into the lecture theatre
In my first year I was in Mary Newman halls, which is slap-bang in the middle of campus. You could practically roll out of bed into the lecture theatre – it was the best. In fact, I now live on my own studio flat which is just on the periphery of campus – I really couldn’t bring myself to move any further away from campus because I’m one of those people who is always late…for everything.
One extreme to the other
I used to be one of ten living in halls during the first year and now I’m on my own so that’s been something to get used to. I would always suggest for first-year students to stay in University-managed halls because it is such a unique experience that you may not be able to replicate in subsequent years studying, where you might want to live with a small number of your closest established friends, or when you’re more confident to go and do your own thing.
I do really love living by myself but I have to say, I do quite miss having the camaraderie with friends that I had in my first year. I’ve learnt quite quickly that I am not much of an extrovert and have found quite a lot of comfort in being with myself and my own thoughts – a healthy thing to learn at university.
...about fish-tongue-eating worms
I was living with budding dentists, medics, environmental scientists and biologists. Being the only ocean scientist I think they all found me very different and interesting. Being able to have intellectual discussions with other passionate students was very comforting and immensely liberating.
In a strange way, sharing random late-night conversations with dentists about strange marine worms that live in fish’s mouths and eat their tongues to survive helped me to cement my newly-discovered knowledge early on.