Re: 6th vs Uni q/a - Did you find that people at university were by and large different than those you had encountered at highschool/6th form? Which circles did you 'prefer?'
I’d say the main dividing line sat between high school and VI Form college. It’s where the people who no longer wanted to be there were filtered out and what was left were (mostly) people who had a reason to remain.
I found that socially the move from VI Form to University was not that huge, especially as I went to the same uni as my best friend so already had a foundation to build on. I certainly preferred the circles I moved in after high school but I couldn’t venture an answer as to whether I preferred VI Form people or uni people.
I've followed you on flickr for a number of years, sometimes a passing feed shot from your time in Norfolk would catch my eye, usually of Norwich and what I guess is surrounding Norfolk. From flickr I see your twitter, and from there i see this - what has spurred you on to move to Bristol, what have you found there and finally what are your plans for the future? Sorry for the mixed bag but as a student of anthropology social migration and exodus interests me greatly.
Hello, nice to meet you. I’m glad you’ve stuck with the dreck that’s been my Flickr stream from time to time.
What spurred me on to move to Bristol was a job, a job I applied for internally as the manager of a bookshop. I was unemployed for a long period and I found I needed to look outside of Norwich to find work doing something fulfilling and that’s basically how I ended up in Bristol.
I’ve found a new city here really, it’s been interesting rebuilding a social life, acquainting myself with somewhere I’d only visited previously for the job interview. My plans for the immediate future are to stick with Oxfam and perhaps move somewhere else in a few years; London, back to Norwich, Edinburgh, Manchester, who knows? As my grandmother says I’m still young and I have the world at my feet.
Describe an average day at university, then describe an average day at 6th form (not high school though, just the 6th form part) --- what are the best and worst memories of each?
What was an average day at Sixth Form?
I used to get the number 1, 1A or 8 bus into Sixth Form in the morning, it was about 2 and a half miles south of where I lived in Norfolk. It would drop me off outside a very long, red-brick building from the first decade of the 20th century. I’d hang around here for a bit and wait for my friends who’d usually be standing by the delivery entrance to the kitchen. From there I’d go to my locker, grab my books and folders for first period and try and find other people heading that way.
First period, say politics, we’d sit, go through a powerpoint presentation on, I don’t know, muscular liberalism, take notes, recieve some photocopies, discuss it, do some kind of group activity and be given an essay for homework. We might get some essays back or perhaps some general feedback on our work.
Then I might have a free period, depending who shared it with me depended on what I did. If I was on my own I might go to the library to revise or read or write an essay, or perhaps to the field to read there. I might go to the coffee shop on campus to get a drink and go through some notes. If I was with friends we might go to the thrift shops on the local high street and look around or to Morrisons supermarket either to eat in the café there or to get salad bar and sit in St Andrew’s Park and eat it and chat.
Another period, probably philosophy, might get a coffee before hand in the refectory to have in the lesson. Sometimes in philosophy people would bring in cakes, it’s really no wonder I’m diabetic. Then lunch during which I’d probably do the same thing as on my frees. Maybe I’d go to Skills and use the computers or maybe just sit in the corridor with friends. If I had a free last period I might go home.
Then we might have tutor room where we’d have to do General Studies or go through general college stuff and finally last period. I guess that makes it Law now in which we might do something interesting like a moot or watching an episode of Accused or we might do something boring (and therefore important) like actual law work. And then home. I’d walk with my best friend to the high street, catch the bus my way and she’d catch it hers.
My best memories of college are definitely sitting in St Andrew’s Park eating salad bar, talking about nothing, listening to music, reading, it was just brilliant. I had a much wider group of friends and it was probably the only time in my life when I was ‘cool’, going to gigs, spending days in Norwich etc.
The worst memories are probably just being told off for being a terrible student, I was quite bad at handing in work and it didn’t escape my tutors’ attention
What was an average day at university?
University was a lot more disparate than college, I didn’t really have an average day and from the start my heart was never really in it. Hence why I left after my first year.
I suppose I could go through some semblance of an average day. I’d wake up fairly late, about 10am, wander to the kitchen of my shared flat to make coffee and then have a shower and check my emails. I’d look at my timetable for the day and get dressed. On my way out of the complex of flats I’d drop off my laundry at the launderette and walk across campus to my first lecture.
Here I’d meet my politics friends and sit and barely pay attention to what was going on, take some notes, check my phone, worry about things. After this I’d grab some lunch in the food court or maybe go back to mine and cook, probably still with some politics friends. I might ring my other friends to see if they were free to come to the library and ‘study’ although it’s debatable how much studying was ever done on my part.
I’d take my laptop with me and try and work on an essay either with friends in the social studies section on the first floor or in silence in one of the window bays on the third floor. Later I might have gone into Uxbridge to get some shopping or perhaps taken the bus somewhere interesting to go walking for a bit. I might just sit in my room and watch a film or read.
In the evening I may have gone to debating society or cult film society or just to the Bale of Hay pub with my friends. If it was dire we might have stayed on campus and gone to The Hub or Locco’s or just gone round to Chippy’s flat to watch a film or play Abba SingStar.
And then to bed. And that was University, not very productive at all really but at least my friends are still there and doing well.
I think my best memories are just to do with living in London, sitting on the South Bank on an autumn afternoon, going to Heathrow airport at 2am, living the London way I’d dreamed of for years. The worst memory is probably my slow but sure realisation that university wasn’t right for me.
I hope that answers your questions whoever you are.