I'm working up on campus today and our offices are opposite the accommodation office. As today is start of fresher's week it's been absolute chaos out there all day - huge traffic jams right across town, cars piled up to the roof with stuff - creaking right down on their suspensions, very young looking freshers and very protective-looking parents.
There's something vaguely amusing about watching this whole charade, especially in the knowledge that once mum and dad have hit the road for home, their little darlings will be straight down town to get leathered with their new flatmates.
Still, my memories of my freshers' week are very hazy, so it must have been a good week. I'm told old now and can't handle my beer, so I'll look on in amusement as the current band of freshers experience the freshers' week rite of passage.
How's it looking where you are?
We're not a campus college, so it doesn't hit us until the first week of October when it's really hard to wade though the students hanging around to even get into the building. I must admit I feel like going in the opposite direction as soon as I've got off the bus when I see them in the distance on the first day they're all back, but that feeling soon wears off, fortunately. Their energy is quite contagious really, after a quiet summer.
The same: it's international orientation week, so lots of excited Italians. I know I'm stereotyping, but every one of those Italian girls has Nigella Lawson hair and looks better in skinny jeans than I do:-(. Lots of dads lugging boxes of crockery around the place.
It's nice to see them all so happy though. It's good to be around cheerful people. I have good memories of my first few weeks in halls; good luck to them(up).
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