Second week of classes

Read all the exciting things our scholars have been up to!

After one more week of classes, I am already getting used to the new routine. I am also getting organized and coming up with a system to cover all the readings assigned and watch the lectures for each class, in addition to the necessary research for the essays, which are part of the assessment scheme. On Monday, I had my first meeting with the Mature Student Society. We met for lunch at the Rutherford Dining Hall. It was a big group, and I did get to talk to a few of the students sitting next to me. They were very nice, and I found out that most of them are undertaking a master’s program or Ph.D., but I also met another student who is about to start her undergraduate degree. She shared with me that for many years, she had worked in an office setting and that she had decided to go back to school to be a pharmacist. Thursday was a bit hectic because there were some last-minute changes to the rooms for the seminars on Politics of the European Union and The United Nations. These seminars will take place in the Grimond and Eliot buildings, respectively. Other than that, the week has gone smoothly. The weather is slowly changing, and some days have been a little colder. On Saturday, another student arrived at the house. He is renting one of the other rooms. His name is Robert; he is from China and is completing his Ph.D. in contemporary art, also at the University of Kent. He is young and seems friendly. He had been in Canterbury before, but because of the pandemic, he went back to China, and he is just now able to come back to continue his research. On Sunday, it was our neighbor’s birthday, so Wafaa and I went over to her house for a birthday dinner.