I know I came here to study, first and foremost. But I would just like to say that despite my best efforts, I cannot fall in love with my London university like I have with UNC. My friends are great, the city is amazing, my internship is rewarding. My school is getting on my nerves.
I’ll offer another list as a means of explanation:
- There are no transitions between classes. None. So that means I get out of my two-hour 9 a.m. class at 11 a.m. and am expected to be in my 11 a.m. class at 11 a.m. Since those classes are conveniently located on opposite sides of campus and I cannot apparate, I am perpetually late.
- Further, this school is an absolute maze. The campus consists of a series of old hotels and a tube station that were later connected to demonstrate engineering at its most inefficient. I cannot tell you how many times a day I climb up one flight of stairs, walk down a hallway, then climb back down another flight of stairs. Good for cardio, bad for my patience.
- The only computer labs are often reserved for classes and are thus impossible to access. Which means I cannot print for a significant part of the day, even if I have an assignment due. Also, making copies involves a tedious process requiring the purchase of a £3 copy pass that isn’t actually sold on campus.
- Each class is only once a week, for one hour (each course involves one seminar and one lecture). While that time constraint might sound like a blessing, it’s frustrating to focus on the material so briefly. And there’s no chance for a sense of class camaraderie to develop.
- More on the camaraderie issue–my campus lacks it. I’m not sure if the nature of city universities causes them to be more disconnected, but I wish there was an equivalent to the student union or The Pit. The only sense of community that exists is within societies. So glad I joined Erasmus!
- Although my professors are great people, overall I feel like I’m just a number (or several numbers, since the school felt it necessary to assign us about four different numbers, each serving a different log-in purpose). I find it difficult to devote any energy to a school that generally doesn’t return the favor.