My New Life as a Fresher...


So here I am, in my third week of being a fresher at the University of Chichester and beginning to adjust to my new life in this strange environment! 
First things first, freshers flu is real!! Regardless of how little you venture out in the evening you still end up ill with a cold of some sorts. I've spent the majority of the day in my room, snuggled in bed with a sore throat, cough, headache and I KEEP SNEEZING!! I guess it's all part of that uni experience, right?

I'm quite enjoying fending for myself - cooking, cleaning, shopping, washing! We as a flat, passed our first weekly inspection. We're all still getting on really well and it already feels like we've known each other forever. We've got passed the awkward question stage and the 'new friend' stage and it's easy enough to talk to them! All four of us found each other on FaceBook before we even met, which again I think helped us get to know one another before we met in person. Social media is actually a wonderful invention. 

I'm really missing my double bed back at home and the pixiecat (who apparently is sulking that I'm not around. She is refusing to go on to my bed - which is unusual as she never normally moves off of that bed all day) But it is going quicker than I can imagine, it's already my third week down in Chichester and the first five days of October have vanished. It's three weeks until reading week and in three weeks time I'll be back at home. 

Just before I left to come to University, Greg and I celebrated our one year anniversary (that time has flown by quickly!!) We went out for a lovely meal at The Miller and Carter where we both ate far too much for our own good! But who cares, it was a special celebration!! I had a Mango Bellina (Champagne and mango purée) to drink. Can't remember which beer Greg had (feel like it was an Adnams but not sure). We shared a starting platter of: Ribs; chicken wings; calamari; nachos and mushrooms, which were all completely demolished (as it was yummy!!!). Both had Sirloin steak for main course, then I finished the meal off with three scoops of blackcurrant sorbet and Greg had chocolate ice-cream. Mine was the best out of both the puddings!! Yummy yummy!! It was a really lovely evening!! The 17th September (our actual anniversary) was spent in Harlow pottering around and spending time together. We had a delicious costa and had pizza for dinner! Saying goodbye was the worst bit - just because I wasn't sure when I was going to see him next. It was even hard saying goodbye to his family! Lots of tears were involved in the goodbye process - oops!!! (I was a lucky girl and got to borrow Greg's favourite hoodie)

Two days later, Mum's car was completely full of my things ready to move me into my new flat here in Chichester. I spent all day with her (minus the bit where we had to go to separate talks at the uni). Mum and I had dinner in ASK! before we went to a classical guitarist concert in the evening in St John's Chapel - it was really good, but hard for me as I knew the time to say goodbye was looming over me. Saying goodbye was the worst, I know I'm going back but it's really hard to see your mum cry. I spent that evening keeping myself occupied by tidying up my room and putting my clothes away. 

Induction week wasn't too bad - thought those 9am starts were a killer! I was so tired. The Monday night (as I mentioned in my previous blog post) was the first time I've been out in a club environment and I did enjoy it! Induction week also consisted of a lovely 7.15am fire alarm...that wasn't fun!! It scared me so much and I didn't actually have to be up that early ANNOYING to say the least! But they have to do it - just to check procedures! 

Induction week was spent choosing our modules and being introduced to the course. I had an audition for orchestras - I'm in Sinfonietta. The first weekend here, I did my first shop, went to Wagamama's with two of the girls in the flat, had pancakes and went shopping to make my room feel more homely. It's getting there and I'm feeling more and more at home. It does feel like it belongs to me now. Bought some little homely bits and a reed diffuser - which smells lovely!!

I've had my first flute lesson with my new teacher, my first performance development class and my first lecture of musical grammar. I'm just looking forward to whatever else this new chapter has to throw at me!

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