The Start of the Year

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It seems like a lifetime since our holiday and like most academic institutions ours is no different in welcoming new students onto campus. To me this is the best time of year, you find out what your classes are going to look like and watch these individuals overcome a range of experiences that they probably haven’t experienced before.

Most of our students come from Oldham so you would think they would have no problems getting to know each other but meeting people for the first time is always stressful no matter how often you do it. They are no different.

Watching little groups form over the first week is fascinating as well as very entertaining. Everyone is trying to find out who the cool kids are and others drift into the corners trying to drop below the radar.

So here I am sat at my desk with another academic year to look forward to and wondering how many more years I will have the energy to do this job. On a good day it is brilliant, on a bad day it is exhausting, the issue is when you get up in the morning you don’t know which it is going to be, if I did some days I wouldn’t bother getting up.

So to all parents everywhere who are now sat having a post-apocalyptic summer break brew I am envious, I will have to wait about nine months for mine. As a friend said on Monday as she was stood at the school gates after dropping off her daughter ‘How come all the kids look like they are starring in the only way is Essex and all the parent look like they are in the cast of the living dead.’

She has a point!

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