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Just thought you'd like to see what it is we, as a family, are sitting on because we are STILL WAITING FOR OUR SOFAS!!!!
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Have been out and about visiting various Universities.
So, what constitutes a good University?
Do we mark the course content?
What about the teaching staff? Are they passionate or would they send you to sleep? And believe me some of them did!
What about student accommodation? Well, don't even go there!!! Ensuite, preferable. Non-ensuite - does that mean sharing bathroom/toilet facilities between 2 or 20?
What is the campus like? Can you get to town easily? Do you have to pay for internet access? Do you get free bus pass? What about campus food outlets? What about student life - and I mean night life?
And what about plain old "gut feeling". That feeling that you get when you walk through the door. Has happened once - "don't like this place!"
I have to say we have come back from each visit brain dead. So much information to take in and desperate to try and remember some of it!!
Last visit was to Plymouth. Really lovely place, university had so much spent on it, very state of the art campus. Even the accommodation wasn't that bad!!!!! We stayed in a local hotel over night so we were there nice and earlier on open day and what should be opposite the hotel and indeed the University, but the Salvation Army Hall. Felt right at home. The only drawback - it takes 5 hours to get there!!! And 5 hours back home again!!!
Having said she wanted to be away from home, I think the reality is dawning and that seemed a long way away. Long way to go and pick up the laundry!!!
Three down, only another 6 or so to go.
Monday, 19 May 2008
Congratulations to Nicola, Sarah, and Jo. Thanks for your company. We did brilliantly girls!!! Be proud!
Disclaimer : For some this may be cheesy, for some meaningful, but I make no apologies for the content of this blog. It's how I feel.
On Saturday night I took part again in the London Moonwalk, which is a 26.2mile walk around London starting and finishing at Hyde Park. As the name "Moonwalk" suggests, this is done at night. In fact we walked under the start sign at 11.30pm and came home at just before 7am. (Actually knocking 30 mins off last years time!)
It's hard, it hurts and we struggled. The distance is not particularly the major problem, but the timing of the walk is. Your body wants to sleep, it naturally slows down but you are telling it to "power" walk. Your knees, legs, and feet scream, you feel jet-lagged and sick from about 3am.
And why do we do it? Well for me it's to raise money and awareness for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and their research into this disease. So each step, whilst almost in tears with the tiredness and pain, I remembered the names of the people I had on my hat. Those people, who I know, who have and who are fighting this cancer. Some have had good news, so Thank God, but some are on their way to meeting him. No amount of pain could ever go close to what they have been through.
And so whilst I might have said as I approached the finish line "I am never doing this again", I might very well carry on walking to raise money coz it saves lives and how can you say no?!