As an exchange student, it can be very hard to find the right community within college if you are allocated to one of the largest ones. All colleges except Ustinov College accept both undergraduates and postgraduates and organise activities for both communities. The college I was allocated to allows final year undergraduate exchange students to join the Postgraduate Society, although it does not inform them of this opportunity or give the president of the society their names or contact details. As is so often the case for exchange students, you have to fend for yourself. However, at the end of Michaelmas term, I stumbled upon this possibility and grasped it as it meant it would be much easier to attend formals! Continue reading
So, I have been in Durham, now, for just about one month. As my thoughts of home start to fade, and as I become more and more immersed in my environment, I can’t help but think of my first week here – and the fabled marathon of ‘Freshers.’
The stretch, I dare say, is filled with its fair share of debauchery, but I marvel at how this initiation to university is so successful in bonding together all of us, in introducing us to our College (St. Cuthbert’s Society), its traditions, and what the university as a whole has to offer. My favorite moment of that first week was certainly the formal dinner, although ‘Harry Potter night’ rivals in comparison.