And so I found myself, walking to University, something I'd never have expected in my entire life, invited to experience a taste of the University of Leeds. With that in mind, what then does the University of Leeds taste like? Well, excitement, awe, and perhaps a little fear as well.
On arrival, the maze of different buildings was a challenge to navigate, and after asking various people, I managed to find the school for my chosen subject. On entering, many of the offer holders were already there, and were mingling with current students. The students were friendly and enthusiastic about answering any questions I had, and were willing to give honest depictions of their experiences.
The tricky part for me, being almost 24 years old and posessing the unending gift of the yorkshire dialect, was the sense of alienation from these students. Every one seemed better presented, more happy, confident and well put together than I could compare myself against. I couldn't help but feel a smidgen of personal innadequacy during my time there, and even when reflecting on the experience on the journey home.
As for the course itself, not much was made clear about what the course I had applied for actually entailed. In the University's defence, they were good at offering opportunities for all of us to ask questions throughout the event, during lectures and during breaks etc. Never having been to an event like that before, thinking of the right questions was very difficult, and I would probably have been better equipped to do so if I had been to a similar event before.
I suppose the point of this little 'piece' is to get my feelings on the experience 'off my chest'. It was an odd experience for me, and to relay it to maybe a few people who might feel the same or relate, would give me some sense of relief. Can I see myself studying at Leeds? At this stage, I am no clearer on an answer to that question than I was before, but taking a look at a social landscape that is so different from my own has been an insightful and awed experience.
...with these A Level results?