Eszter's blog posts tagged with 'my welcome week 2010'




Uni hasn't even started and I am already disappointed. Well, it is just because I didn't even get an interview for a position at the Sussex Student Union. I know I am not the only one who wasn't invited for the next round. As I read 387 other people sent applications. I was checking my e-mail every day ten times.

I know they can't send feedback because there were just way too many people, and as it is on the website they kept some applications which were almost good, but how do you know whether you are among those people? Surely you don't.

I don't know what I write or what I didn't write was not enough for the job. I wanted to work, I am not afraid of hard work, and most importantly I am reliable. Well, I am sure others are like that as well. They say you should not make those mistakes as listed in a document about it. I am not that stupid, still it is a good list. Maybe I didn't write enough about myself, I was too much to the point. I have no idea, I re-read many times what I sent.

I hope I can find something else to work, because I need the money, and I volunteered enough, I gained really a lot of experience, so now it would be nice to get a reward. Smile It doesn't work like that, wish it was.

Honestly at the moment I am not even looking forward to the Induction Day for Mature Students. It starts in less than 10 hours.
Maybe I am too old at 23 to work for the Union? I didn't even think about that. (They said especially 1st year students should apply.)

I know I will enjoy tomorrow a lot, I am interested in the people who'll be there and at least in the beginning everybody is still enthusiastic.
Even the teachers Wink - the hope that this year's new students will make more sense than last year's Smile (I have no idea about neither the teachers, nor the students.) So maybe I should not make fun of everybody before the whole thing starts. I have a weird sense of humour and the English think I am trying to insult them all the time. (Maybe sometimes they are right. Laughing)




I am very tired. Exhausted. Not because I have just moved to campus or anything like that.
I stayed up too late again and in the morning looking at the clock I saw that I will be late again
unless I hurry up, get dressed, brush teeth and drink coffee while checking e-mails, reading gossip
and tennis news, listening to youtube. Catch the bus but also not to forget to make my weekly ticket valid.

I was way on time for the beginning of the Mature program. On arrival my name was not in the list.
I was surprised because I even received confirmation about the event. My name was found with my name sticker later.
Because of me the queue became huge. Sorry, not my fault. Smile
Maybe it was a better idea that I wrote my name with nice big letters. Because the printed ones were so
small that you really had to go close to read what you had on it and what course you are in.
Well, for guys it must have been fun shamelessly staring at girls'/women's boobs to figure out the tiny letters Wink, but for me... Because I was tired I was particularly antisocial. I was looking at a girl,just because she was on her own as well..
 than finished reading the article in the magazine I had with me on the bus - I know.. inappropriate. I sat between mums,who had their kids with them.
I prefer kids to adults. That didn't help me socialising either. I was close to giving up the day.

And then I was talked to. Okay, I can answer questions, that is not too difficult. I just forgot to be interested myself.
I think my second coffee kicked in because I decided to start a conversation with lonely girl sitting next to me.
She was just too 'familiar'. So I said: have you managed to meet somebody who will study on the same course as you?
(Just thinking about myself that I have gone to two events so far, zero people from my course. Soon fate will catch me and I
can't hide from my mates any longer.)
  She just had to say one(!1!) word in English and I interrupted her in Hungarian right away, you are Hungarian, aren't you?

Without any doubt that she would think I am crazy or something, I was so sure. And I was right. So we sticked together sat in the first raw during the presentations which were informative and helpful, talked in Hungarian and that was it. The man who was sitting next to us was very friendly as well. One attention seeker woman was sitting right behind me laughing so hard at every single little joke which weren't even 'that' funny. Yell

I would like to set up a Hungarian Society anyway, and 3 people are needed to start one.

The lunch we got with all the drinks,canapes,fruits and cakes was really great. I have to eat well, I love food.
(I am Hunagrian, have I mentioned that before? Wink WE LOVE FOOD. The Society would be about cooking Hun food for people who are interested in the joy of Hun culinary art ;-))
And this was just gorgeous, really. Two thumbs up, if I had a third one that would be up as well. Laughing

The day went very fast. I talked a lot and we went through campus twice with Emese. Missed the Vice Chancellor's speech also twice, because by the time we got there (early, but never early enough) the place was already full. In the mean time we had a chat with a very helpful red-pully-can-help-i-am-from-student-union girl Carly, psycho student, and she was freezing, her lips very literally purple. We chatted a lot and then I realized that in this other part of campus behind Bramber House.. so busy oh students are moving in? Well, actually that shouldn't be so surprising.., many many cars and
worrying parents, sad parents, happy kids, sad students, busy helpers and I-know-it-all parents,
scared students with boxes, packs, lots of stuff, (half of it they will never use/wear/look at/touch), because a piece of home has to come with them. Fully understandable Laughing

This part of adventure is completely missing for me, but I know what it is like to move, I did less than 1,5 years ago from Budapest to here and then within Brighton & Hove 3 times. So I moved away from home for the first time right away to a different country, which is not even neighbouring.

I still have this cold I got more than a week ago.. in windy Falmer it got worse despite 3 layers of clothing and a scarf.., so I have to miss Sunday Funday Frown to get better and make friends with facial sauna again.

But from Monday on I will be back on campus, being antisocial as ever. Cool




I know, I know. Everybody is excited. Incredibly, very, extra-hyper-super excited. All the blogs about when will it start?It is going to be soooo much fun!

Only 2 weeks, 5 days, 6 hours to go. Will somebody else study the same as I do? Will we live in the same flat?

Most people don't even see these entries. And what is this impatience about? Soon you want to go home, because you get homesick.Wink

I am not being negative here, just find it very funny. Can't you believe either that we start soon?

And Fresher's Fair? The whole week of partying, wow!

I got to know a girl (unfortunately) she wanted to enjoy her first week so much, all the excitement and moving that she managed to party so hard that got completely sick by that actual start of the lessons and had a "sick leave" the first week right away. Great first impression, huh?

Poor mum felt so sorry for her little daughter. Laughing That bad univeristy's fault, they make you party..

I hope not to bump into too many of this species.

All the others, see you SOON!! Very soon, it is almost here! YEAH!

Not Spanish



I missed Sunday Funday, but I managed to buy a calendar from WHSmith. The connection between SF and calendar is the university. Poor selection, but at least this one was winking at me with its nice colourful stripes. I love everything with stripes.
(I just honestly don't understand what is so difficult: easy criteria, small calendar, not teeny tiny where there is no space to write, and not incredibly heavy, because I will have books, exercise books, lunch, other stuff as well..)

I visited friends yesterday in Lewes. We played so much Guiter Hero(I also wasn't very thirsty at that point..) that I forgot to check the trains back. It was 11:20pm. Last train in 6 minutes. Obviously missing it. Taxi company ignoring the call, putting me on hold. No taxi. I had to sleep over. Frown

Sleepovers are supposed to be fun, this wasn't because next day, Monday, first day when you actually meet your mates.
No new clothes, no make up, no toothbrush with me, nothing. Obviously I wasn't prepared not to go home. Nothing to make a good impression. Not to mention, no ID with me to pick up my Student ID, no program sheet where to go and what to do. No time to go home in the morning. I still have a cold. I was trying to hide that I was miserable by being very cheerful. It worked.

I was taken by car to Uni. Tick. Found this time green-pully-nice-can-i-help girl. I was just following other people like a maniac, because somebody mentioned the word Geography. Place with fellow students there. Tick. Cool

I ate a lot for breakfast and I forgot that it was supposed to be a Geography Brunch. So when I saw the food on the table I wanted to get out, I just couldn't even look at it. Then I sat down to a table where there was a huge plate of cakes. And some people to talk to. I was ignoring the cake and when a lady asked us whether she could put it on another table I was very relieved.

I didn't talk to too many people. I already can see there will be an unofficial race between BA and BSc students. Who is better? Both can't be good. I am looking forward to the official welcome from the faculty members. I will try to make a better impression then. Kiss

I had to be somewhere in the afternoon, when I saw a nice snake(queue) at Sussex House, I knew that
even if I'd had my passport with me I wouldn't have had time to wait there. Tomorrow will be my lucky day I feel it. Smile

The joke of the day was this conversation during the Brunch:

- Hello. Where are you from?
- I am from Hungary.
- Oh. What language do they speak there? Spanish?
- ?!?! No. In Hungary people speak Hungarian.

(She was very surprised.)

Getting serious



I should be in the city with the other 1500 freshers crawling in pubs. Obviously I am not, I am typing in my room. Finally I seem to be healthy, no need to jeopardise it.

The threatening line in the invitation for the Departamental Welcome: "you must arrive promptly" made me put my alarm clock half an hour earlier. I hate being late, it is disrespectful anyway. I was a bit shocked looking at the traffic in the morning, so I quickly decided to go by train. I have a bus ticket, but next time I will be more clever. Just this once train.

At the station: The train was cancelled (train broke down close to Lewes). Yell Ooookay, so if the next one comes and leaves on time and gets there when it should then I'll have 10 minutes to find the place where I should be. Nothing exciting happened after that, I checked the map to be extra-super-sure where to go. Drama was over fast. I was there in time, as almost the last person to enter the room, empty seatonly in the first raw, (so what? - I heard and saw better), the problem was when the faculty members didn't come downstairs and started talking from the top of the lecture room, I didn't see, hear or understand anything. I will see them enough during the year, if not then maybe it is not that important to know everybody. It was funny when the Head of Department started quizzing us about climate already, when we haven't even had one lecture! We were sitting there like fish in a bowl. Embarassed

We went in groups to meet our tutors. I was in a group of 10. And we had to break the ice by talking to the person who sat next to us, asking basic things: name, where are you from, why Sussex (what you don't like at home), why this subject. I was the last one to go into the room, so I took the last chair available. I managed to sit next to a French girl, Alice, who is very nice. Our tutor talked us through the booklet and emphasized the importance of avoiding plagiarism at all costs, otherwise you are kicked out of Sussex and land in the sea (he sounded so serious and he obviously meant it that is how I visualised what he said). Laughing

We finished around 12 so I walked a bit around with Alice and I thought I was going to the right direction for my ID but I remembered a different place where I should be, so tomorrow new attempt to get my card, last day, no more chances. I had to work a bit in the afternoon to prepare things for the Fresher's Fair. I plan to attend some Enterprise events in the future, couldn't go to You're Hired! today. It is a coincidence that I am a fresher and organise a stall as well. Also at Brighton Uni. Can't wait, I already know what societies I want to join, but I am interested in everything the university can offer! Smile

Fresher's Fair Fun



Fresher's Fair was great, I enjoyed it a lot. There were many stalls with lots of societies
and I am planning to attend two or three taster sessions as well. I don't think I will manage more than that.
Today was very busy I had to take care of two stalls, one at the Racecourse for Brighton Uni, so
I started my day there, helped setting up there first. Then at Sussex. Smile

Finally I managed to get my ID card, the line was again very long.., it turned out that I was looking at the
wrong one and only one person was waiting. The long line was for those whose registration
wasn't full. It was quick and easy for me. Cool

Then back to the societies, signed up for a few, talked to many people, even a half-dried painting fell on my arm
because a student was very excited about the video games society, so he just didn't care that actually the
life drawing society's exhibition painting was in the way. He wanted to get there in time. Sure he was worried
that the stall would disappear the moment before he gets there. It didn't and my arm was covered in red paint. Yell

I had to go like that to confirm my language choice on a paper. There was a bit of a confusion there about it,
it wasn't obvious what they wanted especially because I didn't go to school in England. So I have no such thing
as a GSCE. I just have to wait till Friday to see whether I managed to get into the course I wanted to.

No evening program for me, I hope everybody had fun at the Barn dance event. I am so tired, I have to get to bed very soon. Tomorrow it is already Thursday, I am pretty sure I am not the only one who gets the impression that this week passes too quickly....

Already Thursday



Time passes quickly. The mature induction event seems to be ages ago..

I completely forgot about the Freebies Fair. Volleyball taster session was today and I
really wanted go. No induction, nothing like that, my timetable is ready now. We played
2 hours and I left with red arms, the best two hours of Fresher's Week so far. No need
to go into details that says it all. Smile

I just peeked into the Fair, but saw nothing interesting, so I decided to get my ticket
for the Pier Party. I was told it was sold out yesterday, maybe even before that. I really
wanted to go, well, should have thought about it earlier, my fault. I am pretty sure there
will be other parties organised by the Uni in the future. And then I will be more clever.

I was walking around campus a bit more then went home and cooked nice food(lecsó). From
what I could see so far, there are 3 other Hungarians on campus, we could start a society.
Maybe later in the year.

Quiet evening.

Making the Uni clean and welcoming (= rain, rain,rain....)



I am in pain. I was in pain the whole day. This is happy pain. Because I worked hard
to get it. Next time I will warmp ud and down even longer. I went to Falmer House
to sign up for the sport clubs and paid £50 for it. So now I have it on my student ID,
that I am a proud member. Smile

The weather was(is) so incredibly bad, amazing. The rain was falling
 from the ground towards the sky as well. Wind made it even enjoyable as the water sneaked into
my coat behind my scarf. I was soaking wet.. and the trip home on bus 25 and 7.. I knew I hated
the bus company, but now I hate it even more. That is one thing that the buses hardly ever
come on time or when it says on the timetable, but stating that it goes every 7 minutes, when it
simply just does not.. Everybody who has not seen yet will see buses 7 go "in pairs".
When the weather is as bad as yesterday it is even worse, when it is sunny and I am not in a hurry
I don't mind waiting longer.

I wanted to take a picture with the welcome board at Uni. Very cheesy, but to show my mum it would
have been nice. I had no camera :) Maybe tomorrow. I wish for nice weather, please.
I am considering not going to the other taster sessions, because if I lived on campus I would be
close, but it takes me longer getting there. In this weather.. rain, rain go away.. Frown

I also made a badge. You had to pay £1 which goes to charity. Verz good idea Student Union. Wink

Mine says I speak English, Dutch, Magyar(=Hungarian) and Esperanto. I hope that if I wear it often enough I will bump into nice people.

I went to several shops to get my exercise books. I never found nice ones. All overdecorated,
overpriced and stripy. I don't like taking notes on stripy pages. I want either blank or with
small squares. In the end I bought stripy ones, not refill notepads because I know myself,
I would just loose the pages after the lesson. That wouldn't be helpful at all. Laughing

As I was sitting outside under the arches a boy sat next to me, turned out he was from Brighton Uni
to promote the party that was that night. We talked about why I don't want to meet that many new people.
(For me it would be enough to have one or two good friends from my course and that is it, I am not
into this meet-as-many-people-as-you-can superficial way of thinking.

Tijana got her visa! Although I haven't taken part in too many activities, but I went to something every
day of the week(would have liked to go to the Pier Party but thought about it too late and tickets were
sold out, my fault..)  Frown So I absolutely can't imagine how more difficult it will be for her and those who
come later to get ready for Uni in one day or less. Good luck! Wink

Very soon we actually have to start studying.

Goodbye Fresher's Week, welcome everything else



It is Sunday, well Monday, but I am not asleep yet. Today I went to another taster session -
volleyball of course. First time we were 10, now we were around 30 I think. That is a lot more.
It was so weird. We couldn't play that much as last time. Even after an house I asked myself:

was this girl here in the beginning as well? Last time nobody spoke German, now I heard it more than English. Laughing

Still, it was very good, I enjoyed it a lot, despite the fact that I played like a sleepwalker. Almost like I have never played the game before. It just wasn't my day, I play a lotbetter usually. Next time!

Should I reflect on the week? It wasn't much fun for me in the classical meaning. Interesting: yes, alcohol: not really,
new people: not that many, sport: yes!, books for studying: none, notepads: yes, going to Uni bars: no, Sussex t-shirt
or hoodie: no (don't like the design, last year's was better), haircut: no..

I will try to make a very good impression tomorrow, so I washed my hair. That is all the effort
I make on the superficial side. I should try not to be late and pack things before going to bed.
I already know that is not going to happen.

Tijana is here and safe, welcome! Smile

Tomorrow is coming and going fast, so many things to do! I feel very welcome, thank you Sussex for this week so far! Wink

I wish the best to all the Freshers! See you on campus! Cool