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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Freshers!

The madness has decended, the hordes have arrived. Nothing will ever be the same again...that's right, it's FRESHERS WEEK at Birmingham University!!

After having about 2 weeks of peace and quiet (more like deathly silence) the arrival of all the new 1st years is a slight shock to the system. In some ways it can be counted annoying, but in others, it's nice to see the campus so alive and well, enthused! How many weeks will it take to knock the grins off their faces? Not a lot I imagine!

Anyone walking around campus (any campus!) at this time of year runs the risk of being either a) mistaken for a fresher or b) mistaken as a friendly face by a fresher. I'm not quite sure which is more annoying!

In the first case, people act like you know nothing while trying to shove a dozen carrier bags and/or leaflets into your hands. I can't complain too much, the inevitable poster sale is here again, and as usual I have perused it and made a purchase! However, when I wanted to pay I enquired as to whether I could pay by Visa (as stamped on all the poster carboard dividers) but no, the card machine wasn't out yet (wtf?) so I'm trying to see if I have enough in cash when one guy leans over and says "there's one in the guild behind you...if you know where it is" in the voice of someone talking to a "special" child. You just want to yell I'M NOT A FRESHER AND I KNOW WHERE SHIT IS BETTER THAN YOU *cough*

In the second case...well, if you aren't being nabbed by random strangers whilst walking between the guild/library/office etc who want direction, you're being distrated from your reading by people in the library wondering why they can't get to section D of the library from floor 4, or asking how the classification system works (wtf? never been in a library before?) or just generally looking lost in the periodicals section wondering where all their textbooks are supposed to be, hehe. (The best bit about the periodicals section is that people rarely use them, know how to find them and is thus very quiet and fresher free!)

I guess I find it all quite amusing as I never went to my own freshers fair (plain laziness). But as I said, at least the campus feels alive now! Next week is when the fun begins...

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