“Southampton has been ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities and is the number one university in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering.” On one busy day while rushing off to school, I casually glanced at this headline in the newspaper thinking how great it would be if I actually was a part of this university and now I write my first blog as a proud student of the University of Southampton.
I stand at the threshold of probably one of the best parts of my life that is, living the life of an undergraduate. Hectic, team-work, interesting, amazing, innovation and fun are some of the words that can be used to describe my course: Electronic Engineering. It’s an interesting subject and I’m a person who can be entranced by the humble workings of a simple semiconductor. But that’s my course, what about my university life? I have the word for it: Mind-blowing!
From the time I moved in up until now life at the university has been a charm. Living in halls has been fantastic. Initially when I came here, I never knew how to cook, how to use the oven and well this is embarrassing, I didn’t even know how much detergent to use in the washing machine! But you learn it the hard way I guess and living in the halls has taught me a lot and has made me MUCH more independent. The friendly atmosphere that prevails in the halls is something to be noted. From the staff to your fellow hall mates, everyone is really friendly and affable thereby completely eradicating the feeling of home-sickness.
There is something happening in the university 24/7. From society meetings to lectures and from pub crawls to badminton matches, there are plenty of activities in which I could engage myself. The fresher’s week was something spectacular. Every ECS student was hit with the “Jumpstart” programme on arrival. This was a comical and yet a very relaxing team event organized by the department to get us used to the city and also gives us a glimpse of teamwork.
In a nut-shell, well that is not really possible as my experiences in the university cannot be compressed as there are just too many. Basically, I’m enjoying every minute of my life here and although it can get a bit chaotic at times there is no better way to unwind than to go to the computer laboratory and let 3-D gaming take over or to open Skype and talk to the people I love.