Old folk get scared too!
In his opening address, Professor David VandleLinde offered words of sympathy and comfort for those students away from home for the first time. Leaving the shelter of a loving family and being alone in a new environment is a daunting prospect.
I left home ten and a half yrs ago when I was 19yrs old; not to go to university, but to live in a house of my own not 5 minutes drive away. Even though I knew the person I'd be living with I was terrified!
Now, as a mature student going home every evening, I'm STILL terrified…
So much is new; people, proceedures, lectures, 30 minutes on the M42 in rush hour… (I hate motorways)
More than anything, I'm afraid that one single year on an Access to Higher Education course will not have given me the knowledge I need to succeed in my chosen degree (Biomedical Chemistry). I'm assured it will but, at this early stage and a lecture in Proteins, Genes and Genetics under my belt, it's had to believe I'll get through the first term let alone graduate.
And so, as an oldie who should have it together by now but still wanted my Mum at 9:00am on Monday, I say well done to all those students who left their parents for the first time last week end; as if you didn't have enough to contend with, now you have to do your own washing as well…xxx