Hello and welcome! My name is Jason Lynch, I’m from Cambridge and am a mature student. Currently, I’m ‘transitioning’ into third year of my Environmental Science degree and by that, I mean writing up my project for environmental science OR dissertation – an enlightening experience.
My route here wasn’t so straight forward (more on this in future blog posts) but myself and peers, who might be better regarded as a ‘slightly dysfunctional family’ have all immersed ourselves in what has been an adventure – although not without some challenges!
My posts will touch on: Life as a mature student, fieldwork (my true great passion), sports and societies, and tips or ways to enhance your own individual experiences whilst here at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
First impressions: Welcomed to the department like an old friend, everything about the warm and friendly School of Geography by far exceeded my expectations. The first week will become a bit of a blur and you probably won’t remember much, two years on, other than how you wish you could be back experiencing this all again – although I do recall wondering why there’s a graveyard on campus. My first walk down Mile End Road, I couldn’t stop thinking just how diverse the local area was and admittedly it took a while to adapt to new surroundings***.
Something that will stick with me forever is during the first week you will be let loose in London. This is part of the Green London Project and epitomises what I love most about QMUL: – The chance to apply knowledge in the real world, outside of the classroom or lecture theatre. Let’s not forget the bonds you build with your course mates and the fond memories you recall in later conversations, 2 years down the line!
My advice: Make the most of your first week settling – you will be presented with copious opportunities so grab them, with both hands!
See you at freshers!
***Cambridge is in a ‘bubble’ meaning that although I’m well-travelled – I had never lived in such a brilliantly diverse place. This normalised me – whenever I go home to visit family or mates I realise how much more well-rounded I am now (or think I am) – compared to the old me! Let me give you an honest example: On the first day, we met our new peers and for me it was normal to shake hands with everyone, however the naïve me was told by one charming and polite person upon holding my hand out to shake theirs, that they could not due to their religious beliefs. Instantly, I was engrained with a new understanding and appreciation the vast array of beliefs here at this unique university.
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