Starting lectures at uni 2017

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HSMMaCM Sat 30-Sep-17 20:06:42

The other thread filled up really quickly, with exciting talk of laundry, mattress toppers and lost property.

Here's where the rest of them settle in, get through freshers and the work gets serious.

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dingit Sat 30-Sep-17 20:11:13

That thread went quick. Dd is looking for award to her lectures starting. Tomorrow she is trying out pole fitness shock

OddBoots Sat 30-Sep-17 20:13:12

Thank you for the new thread. smile

I am really struggling to know how much to ask DS about his actual lectures, I have ventured with 'getting on okay? and 'is the workload okay so far' to which I have had one word positive responses so I think I will leave it there. I am used to being able to tell how things are going by his body language, I don't normally have to ask him a lot.

bigTillyMint Sat 30-Sep-17 20:20:51

How fast did the last thread go?!

HSMMaCM Sat 30-Sep-17 20:28:49

DD has her provisional timetable, to start Monday. Final details tbc. She was carefully explaining the difference between a lecture and a seminar. She has a day off at the moment and her least favourite subject on Friday afternoon.

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BestIsWest Sat 30-Sep-17 20:31:39

Getting little snippets from DS. He's enjoyed most of the lectures so far though there was one four hour one in a warm dark room that he had trouble staying awake for. Might have something to do with the late nights.

BestIsWest Sat 30-Sep-17 20:32:12

Thanks for the new thread HSM.


fairyofallthings Sat 30-Sep-17 20:34:58

thanks for the new thread HSM
What is the difference between a lecture and a seminar?

JugglingFromHereToThere Sat 30-Sep-17 20:40:49

Awww, you lot are so lovely and funny with your holey advent colanders and HSM's classic intro to this thread, with the laundry and mattress toppers!

Hmm, maybe a traditional chocolate advent calender might be a nice idea - Have been thinking up things to send her
She wants the second book in a series for when she's finished the first one, so will probably get that sorted for a first parcel.

hugoagogo Sat 30-Sep-17 20:50:24

I did wonder about advent calendars, not to mention stockings? Hmm I will visit next week, but he will probably laugh if I ask about Christmas stuff! grin he has no idea how early mums start planning this stuff!

HSMMaCM Sat 30-Sep-17 20:50:24

Fairy, DD says:

Lecture is in the big rooms and you sit with loads of people and listen to someone talk at you. Seminar is in your tutor group, so around 10 people plus your tutor and is more interactive

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Needmoresleep Sat 30-Sep-17 21:08:14

Fairy, is your daughter feeling happier? Sounds like DD is at the same place, though no mention of formals. She is clearly very tired. Too much to take in. We will probably go down next weekend, simply to take her out to dinner. Because she was working overseas I have only seen her once, and her dad not at all, since June.

As for the silly Guardian lady, DD says she knows someone who is already £200 into an overdraft having gone through her maintenance money. The silver lining Perhaps, is that that girl's mother can write a silly article as well and get it published.

fairyofallthings Sat 30-Sep-17 21:13:04

Thanks HSM - DD refers to seminars as tutorials. Same stuff, different name by the sounds of it.

Sleep she sounds fine, it was just me worrying and missing her due to PMT I think - I always get more emotional then. She's very tired though - she's not out socialising tonight; she's writing up her notes and watching something on Netflix; much like she did during A levels - she wrote up revision notes after every lesson and kept them all ready for the exams. Thanks for asing.

Horsemad Sat 30-Sep-17 21:14:25

Thanks for the new thread HSMMaCM, that last one filled up quickly. shock

Horsemad Sat 30-Sep-17 21:18:34

Juggling, did you know you can send a small parcel, shoe box size, upto 2kg for £2.90 2nd class?

I sent one today to DS! grin Got quite a lot in it.

Needmoresleep Sat 30-Sep-17 21:26:46

Fairy it's tough. DD was never a clubber (clubs round us are mainly gay anyway) and recognises it will take a while for her to find her tribe. But in the meantime she seems surrounded by manic party types., all, presumably, having a wonderful time until the early hours. Luckily though mainly the flat next door rather than hers.

She too has ducked out of joining her flatmates for a night out tonight, wanting to pace herself and have a break from meeting new people. She went to one Society thing today. Lots of posh boys from Wills. I don't know if that is good or bad. She has been picked to train with one of the University sports teams. It's three times a week and she likes the people she has met. Hopefully they will soon feel familiar and become friends.

fairyofallthings Sat 30-Sep-17 21:30:46

DD is lucky, because of the way the flats are arranged hers is quite quiet - her flat is on one corner of the building and the others are in the other corners and they have the lifts, stairs and corridors in between each flat so you can't really hear much from them. There are only four flats on the floor anyway - the other floors have between 10-15 flats on them I think.

eatyourveg Sat 30-Sep-17 21:57:21

I've sent a couple of silly cards for his noticeboard - he says he loves getting post from home and its much better than a gp chat or a text though it makes him miss us more.

Had a long phone call a few days ago when I was going into hosp for an op. "I'll be ok mum I've become a man about stuff now, done all my own washing, I cook all my meals and I'm even eating really healthy stuff" - Instead of feeling proud, I felt as if I'd been sacked - job done nothing left to do so was glad when he sent a good luck msg just before my op telling me not to worry as I had done a good job as a parent in helping him make the right decisions and even though he was at the other end of the country, I was still his mum. smile Didn't even bother trying not to cry then.

fairyofallthings Sat 30-Sep-17 22:14:31

We have sent a couple of cards to. What a lovely msg you had from your DS :-)

I am looking for a new school bag for one of mine, I don't think I'll be splashing out for this one !

ErrolTheDragon Sat 30-Sep-17 22:29:13

Is that for real?confused

fairyofallthings Sat 30-Sep-17 22:31:03

I think they must have meant £19.95 and typed it wrong!
Either that or it's the backpack that Guardian Woman's daughter bought....

HSMMaCM Sat 30-Sep-17 22:33:37

Nice bag. I'm not buying one for DD grin

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fairyofallthings Sat 30-Sep-17 22:36:21

HSM that's just mean! grin

I've bought a half price North Face one. Happy days :-)

Sweetnessishere Sat 30-Sep-17 22:45:42

All this talk of lectures and party nights, DD hasn't even arrived at her halls yet.

HSMMaCM Sat 30-Sep-17 23:00:38

Sweetness she'll soon catch up. I'm just glad DD got through freshers without getting lost

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