I decided to bike to a nearby cluster of Halls to have a look myself. The bloke who does the central coordination of the Peer Guides, Julian, would be there too. And the atmosphere was great! It helped that it was sunny; I bike around in a T-shirt, and saw all these parents unloading cars full of stuff, and carrying it to the halls with their teenage offspring. Such a momentous day in their lives! There were peer guides (recognisable from the printed T-shirts) everywhere, ans there was music, and a BBQ, and people throwing a rugby ball around, and whatnot. I sort of got the spirit again myself! It's 25 years ago for me, and I didn't move into halls, and my parents didn't bring me, and everything was different, but still; it was the first day of the rest of my life, as the cliche goes. It was a very exciting week! And I still have friends I made then!
I did bump into Julian, and had a chat. All seemed to be going OK! And I also saw two of my Head Peer Guides, who are in charge. Everything was under control!
Good vibes at Ffridd site
On Monday I would be the one to welcome them to the School of Ocean Sciences (well, after the Head of School, that is). I had printed information for them and made a powerpoint (or rather, adapted it from the year before). And then I bumped into David who said I was chairing the whole thing from 10:30 to 14:15. Eh, OK! Hadn't quite realised that was my job but that's easily done.
Towards the end of the day all staff appeared to have lunch with their tutees. Including me! I have eight this year, and they all seemed nice. As usual, it was a mix of those that will talk all the time and those you have to drag every word out of. But it'll work out! I look forward to working with this lot this year!
David (the Head of School) welcomes the freshers