Deciding to move back into halls after placement: II

Hi everyone!

This past week has been a wonderful week in England with regards to the easing of lockdown restrictions as we entered the third stage of the government’s planned lockdown easing. Among other re-openings, indoor locations like entertainment venues such as cinemas as well indoor adult group sports and exercise classes resumed with the implementation of Stage 3. The enactment of Stage 3 also meant that I could finally see the London office where my placement was to be carried out. Currently, there is a reduced number of staff working but this was a great opportunity for me to meet some of the team as well as enjoy the work environment. I was also finally able to see the staff cinema which was airing Peter Rabbit 2!

 In my last blog post, I began discussing my university accommodation experience. This week, I want to go into even more depth as to what happens when I first arrived.

Prior to arriving in England, I signed up for a meet and greet service provided by the student ambassadors which was essentially to be our welcome and transport from the airport to the university. I was greeted by an ambassador, surrounded by elaborate signage and posters of the Stag (University of Surrey mascot), at Gatwick station. They handed me a train ticket and guided me to the platform to board a train to Guildford station. Here, I was greeted by other ambassadors who helped me load my luggage onto a University of Surrey van and transported, along with other students, all the way to the campus. I would really recommend the meet and greet service for a student travelling on their own because it is free and is a great way to meet other students who are already at the university and ask as many questions as you like!

Upon arriving on campus, I was greeted by another group of lively students shrouded in school spirit! The fresher’s angels! Fresher’s angels believe that being able to dance, smile, spread love, support, and help new students have the best experience when arriving at Surrey is so important, and that is why I was so glad to have encountered them. During my time in Surrey, I have also volunteered as a fresher’s angel, and even on the other side of the fence, it is a great experience that is extremely rewarding.

Hoping and praying that everyone remains safe during this time.

That’s all for now folks,