Freedom

Yippeeee!!!! I am freeeee!!!! I have just finished the final essay I had to do! It was a killer but I’m done! Freedom never felt so good!

Surprisingly, I had more work i.e. essays and presentations this semester but it felt a heck of lot easier and more manageable – maybe I just stopped messing about and got on with it, I’m not sure or perhaps I was more settled this Winter term (winter term is an oxymoron in itself, as the past month it has been warm with glorious sunshine not at all like winter).

Classes ended on Friday, which hasn’t sunk in yet and I have the grand total 3 weeks left with exams. I have to admit I’m a little sad they are over and equally daunted. Classes ending means home time is looming – no no no. It’s got to the point where when I go grocery shopping I’ve realised I have to put things back because I won’t be here to eat them. So with the end of classes, all structure has gone out the window, which feels equally librating and slightly daunting.

Class wise, anybody taking English Literature on exchange at Queen’s in the future I would say is in for a treat – a very different sort of treat to Edinburgh but definitely a good one – very challenging mind and some of the courses have bent my brain into a way I never thought possible. Here, the emphasis is also focused upon the text more rather than 300 zillion outside references/ theorists which I find means you begin to interrogate a text much more with the possibility to develop your own thesis. Also if you can speak up, shout out and add your own ideas and contributions – once I started to think “Oh what the heck, I’ll just add my two-penneth” the classes became even more enjoyable. On a plus side, if you have a foreign accent and ‘put on’ a slightly posher accent than usual – your IQ immediately increases and regardless of what drivel you spout you’re deemed as providing a valuable, light-bulb-esque insight!

This afternoon I ventured to the library which is about 5 minutes from where I live (i.e I have no excuse not to go) to begin my favourite past-time of revision, like the good student I am. However, I ask you on a beautiful sunny day what do all the students at Queens decide to do now they are free from classes – live it up in the library. All I’ll say is sardines. tin. crammed. hot. and you’ll get the idea. It took me a good 15 minutes to find a free seat. Do these people not have homes to go to?! Hmm, I may not be revising in there again. So, I’m not sure where to go else I can’t be a recluse in my apartment for the next few weeks.

On a different note, I went for a jog this morning in the warm weather. Are you jealous yet of all this sun we get here? I’ve never been to a place where the sun shines so much. It is always bright here, which does wonders for your mood and makes it easier to get up in the morning. Anyhow, jogging this morning was like being on the motorway on a Bank Holiday weekend. Very busy. Wherever you went in your viewing line there were at least 3 joggers/runners. As I’ve said before and I’ll say again, you’re nobody in Kingston if you don’t run!

So plans for this week include imitating a sardine in the library, becoming a fully-fledged Kingston community jogger and attending “The Little Shop of Horrors” put on by Queens Musical Theatre.

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