Moving the last of the bags from my ‘home from home’ – somehow seems too soon!
Thanks for checking out the blog! I’m Robin, and I’m studying Software Engineering at the University of Southampton, having just finished a frantic but hugely fun Freshers' year here which I spent getting stuck into my first ever taste of complete independence. I’ve dabbled in the domestic arts, like shopping, cooking and cleaning, tried to take advantage of the amazing social opportunities at university (particularly through the Students’ Union, “SUSU”), and attempted a challenging but rewarding course which already seems to have taught me a huge amount – or at the very least enough to entertain myself late into the evening coding crossword apps and the like!
When I’m not tapping away at the keyboard, I enjoy getting involved with the performing arts societies, namely the SUSU Theatre Group and SUSUtv station, hanging out with friends and flatmates, reading, gaming, procrastinating from doing something worthwhile or important, watching films and appreciating some good sports, mostly footy (which team? Why... erm... the mighty Southampton FC, of course!).
Nothing says ‘dedicated’ (or ‘student discount’!) like Southampton versus Ipswich on a cold Tuesday night!
I’m often asked why, given the distance between home and Southampton, I chose to come here – usually by my parents when they drive down to visit! Being so far away does present some difficulties – for example, I can’t just ‘pop home’ like many of my flatmates whenever I yearn for some home cooking or don’t fancy doing the laundry – but I reasoned that university usually comes at the time in life when, to learn how to take care of yourself, you have to be thrown in at the deep end and just do your best. I knew Southampton offered a brilliant course in what I wanted to study, so I decided to go for it - and I’m certainly glad I did!
Despite the occasional hiccups, I reckon I’ve largely found my feet this year; I’ve practised coping with many a deadline rush, I’ve identified the better pubs, and I know which supermarket chain sells the best value-for-money pizzas. But whereas I was originally unsure why module scores this year didn’t count towards my final degree classification (I just had to pass them), now I can recognise it’s all about easing the learning curve, taking everything in and getting everyone to have a similarly strong course foundation. I’m going to try to review the year in its highs, lows and lessons over the next few weeks, but overall, I’ve gained so much already from being here, and I say to next year: “Bring it on!”
P.S. If you’ve got a question about anything, don’t be a stranger – please just add a comment below, and I’ll do my best to get back to you!