University life can be challenging, but at the University of York, there is plenty of support on hand, and the hard work is worthwhile!
I usually wake up at eight o’clock, before having a shower, getting dressed and wishing the world good morning. I like to start the day with a big bowl of porridge, which usually keeps me going until lunch time, is full of wholegrain and not at all expensive. This morning, I chose to top it with blueberries, natural yogurt and honey. A topping that I would recommend to all! After cleaning up, brushing my teeth and packing my bag, I left my warm, comforting house in exchange for a brisk, cold walk to University. Fortunately, despite the cold, there was not a cloud in the sky this morning and the lake, which was once the largest man-made lake in Europe, felt calming to walk by.
My first lecture was not until eleven o’clock, meaning that I had more than enough time to do some preparatory reading in the library beforehand. Then, after the lecture, I met a friend for coffee.
The University has a plethora of cafes on campus which are run by YUSU (the Students’ Union), meaning that the profit made from their delicious food and drinks can be distributed among student societies. Becoming involved in student societies is a fantastic way to make new friends, share ideas, develop interests and try out things that you might never previously have done. There are almost two hundred societies on campus, meaning that there should be something for everybody. And if there is a particular interest that is not already being represented, you’re welcome to get together with some friends and create a society to do so!
Personally, I am involved in the Education Society (EdSoc), hosting fortnightly free education-related films nights. For example, Matilda, Educating Rita and The History Boys. But I am also involved in the York Union, a debating society, the Quaker Society and the University of York’s Cycling Club.
After meeting my friend for a coffee, I had another lecture. Currently, in one of my modules, I am learning about how to support young people with special educational needs. One of the many fields that are explored as an Education undergraduate. As I am now in my second year, I am expected to do a lot more independent learning. But, during the first year, due to the introductory series of lectures which included how to support young people with special educational needs, I feel confident doing so.
After the lecture, I bought a sandwich and then went to the library to do some more reading. After reading for a couple of hours, I decided to head back home to cook dinner with some of my housemates.
On my way home, I reflected on the wonderful weekend that I’d just had with a couple of my university friends. We had gone to York’s Chocolate Story, a trip that I would advise everyone to go on!
This is the trajectory along which most, but not all, of my days go here in York. Reading, writing, meeting friends and going to lectures, before either going home to relax or getting involved with a student society in the evening. Obviously, there is sometimes a lot more work to get done, but it is often enjoyable. The University offers plenty of support and provides a perfectly conducive learning environment. Coming here has been one of the best decision I have ever made. I hope that you decide to join us!