Well, this is my first day back in the office in what feels like AGES. I’ve just got back from Latitude Festival – I had an amazing few days seeing some fantastic live music, comedy, poetry and theatre. Four loads of washing later and I think I have just about got rid of the mud out of my clothes! So now it’s back to reality…
The last day I was here it was the Open Day – a VERY busy day for all of us. From the moment we set up our stand in the information zone (an area full of information stands) we had crowds of students and their families queuing up to ask us questions about fees and funding. This was initially a little bit daunting, especially as the main question we got asked was ‘Tell me everything about fees and funding!’ – where do you start?! After an hour or so, we all got into the swing of things and were soon working our way through the crowds confidently. I really enjoyed being able to answer questions that had been worrying the students and their families and seeing their appreciation for my new found knowledge!
Nicola and Hannah gave the first fees & funding presentation of the day – after speaking to so many friendly students, we were confident we would have a nice, big audience. And that’s what they got! Lots of clapping and approval of our presentation & no difficult questions we couldn’t answer – success! Hannah and I gave the second talk of the day – a fairly small audience because it was towards the end of the event ( a lot of people had travelled quite a distance to get to Lincoln, so many were now on their way home) but a friendly one all the same. It was great to finally give the presentation we had been practicing for weeks on end to a real live audience and a relief that all went to plan.
Helen, Jo and Catherine had all warned us that we would be left feeling exhausted, with very dry throats at the end of the day – they weren’t wrong! We were shattered but left work on a high. I love meeting the prospective students and seeing the excitement on their faces – University was such an amazing experience for me that being able to help young people on their road to higher education is a complete privilege.
Tomorrow we have a day of graduate intern training all about time management – something we all hope will be useful as we are incredibly busy at the moment. I’m sure someone will report back in a new blog soon.
I have a lot of Student Support duties to crack on with today – it’s quite refreshing to have a nice, quiet day not running around from place to place. Although I’m sure after a few weeks of normality I’ll be itching to get back out on the road…