Well it was bound to happen. One day I’d eventually do a few productive things. That’s right you heard me correctly. I’ve somehow managed to become productive over the last couple of days. I’ve been spending several days at the library working on a paper and I even attempted to fulfil some civic duties abroad. Now this is even more impressive considering this week was the start of March Madness (Go Heels!). But in between all the productivity, I did manage to see some Shakespeare and binge some Netflix.
This week I’ve been a wee bit aimless. Without classes for the first half of the week, I’ve been left to my own devices. Let’s just say I do better with some schedules. But, I’ve done alright with some of my free time. I’ve managed to book two trips for the end of the month and the beginning of April. I planned out my next semester and started to look at how I might ring in my 20th year. In addition to some of my scheming, I did manage to do a ~few~ other things.
When I was packing for London, I was told it wouldn’t drop below 40 degrees. That was a lie. Somehow, I managed to pick the coldest winter in over 30 years to come and live in London. It’s been a little chilly to say the least. It was also the first time in over 5 years the capital has seen snow and usually I love snow, but I’ve found city snow to be not as fun. It turns to black sludge pretty fast. So, for most of the week I’ve been snowed in. The good news is the University is on strike and all my classes for the first part of the week were cancelled anyway. I’m just happy the Beast from the East, as it was called, is finally crawling back to Siberia.
Reading week has been noticeably lacking on the reading. I have become a terrible student since I got here. They really shouldn’t have told us things were pass/fail. That was just a bad call. Without most classes this week, I’ve done a variety of things while telling myself I’d do my work later. Let’s just say I think I’m becoming a master at procrastination.
It’s been sunny here for three days in a row. That alone has made this week truly wonderful. It was also the last week of class before Reading week which made it even better. Also, it was a week full of holidays and I made sure to celebrate to the fullest. I’m glad I had fun this week before having to hunker down in the coming days to work on several papers for class.
You never realize how big a difference five hours makes. That is until you decide to watch U.S. sporting events five time zones away. Was it worth it? Completely. For the first time, I picked a Super Bowl winner and UNC unexpectedly beat Dook. So, it’s been a good week here even though my sleep schedule has been completely thrown out of wack.
This week has flown by. It’s the first time in a while that time has rushed by and I couldn’t be happier because that means I’ve finally started to settle in. Naturally getting out of survival mode has allowed me to enjoy some of the finer things England has to offer.
Being sick in a foreign land sucks. Yeah, there really is no way to sugarcoat that. Now in case you’re worrying, no I haven’t been felled by the flu or some other terrible pathogen. Somehow, despite living in the middle of a city where nature really isn’t a thing, I got a sinus infection. Stranger things have happened I guess.
Well I’ve done it, I’ve made it through my first week of classes at King’s. It’s been a long week of figuring out where everything is and how classes are run, but I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of everything here. It’s been unnaturally sunny this week and I think that’s helped me adjust a little faster than I otherwise would have. This week also marks the first time I’ve been truly happy since I got here.
It’s only been a week and yet somehow, I feel like I’ve been here for a month. The days have all run together and I’m amazed at all I’ve learned in just the first couple of days. From quickly learning to be more self-reliant to how other cultures view and move through the world; this week has a been just a taste of what I think this semester has in store for me.