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It’s only the beginning…

Posted by: Martim
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Preparing for the start of the term basically means two things: Going through hell to find an apartment, and then on the way back pass through orientation week. The flat hunting begins nicely enough; you’ve just arrived in London, it’s the big city, lots of people and things to do (and pints!). Then you begin getting on those green Minis and start hearing the Foxtons people telling you “soooo, your LBS?! Yes, you’re the 8th person I’ve shown apartments too! You’re a little late mate…” You see one apartment, then two, then four, then ten; Too expensive, too gloomy, too far, too close. Just when you start to despair, luck for some reason knocks on your door (not the doors you have so rationally and diligently been knocking on mind you).

Orientation week is a lot of fun, I must say from the start. However, it is brutal. Be prepared to memorize 293 names (just because 400 is not feasible), and then forget them altogether, going through embarrassing “hum, so what is your name again?” You meet your study group, and go through some purposefully organized “games” in which you end up getting to know your real friends. Looking back, it has been an incredible two weeks. And it is only the beginning!

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