Monday, 26 September 2011

We want to ‘Rocky’

Risin' up, back on the campus
Doin’ my time, takin’ my chances
Went the distance, now I'm back in the class
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive
Recognise these lyrics?  Yes you’re right! These are our uni lyrics based on ‘eye of the tiger’! It shows the motivation I need to become a teacher, because *gosh* that course is really tuff! Imagine me with a really serious face... that times two.  But it is getting better now... everybody is lighting up, but there is (already) a lot of coursework to do.
Luckily there is time for fun as well. Last week, there were Fresher’s Fairs at all three campuses. The Enquiry Unit designed a cake stand so we could collect money for MacMillan Cancer Support. We raised an amazing £263.39!!! with hand- and home-made cakes by your fellow students! Besides that, there were student societies who were recruiting new members and a local cinema which gave away free popcorn (I love the salty one). It was a very nice day and I even got an inflatable queue (for playing pool).... the most useless piece of s*gar I ever got! But very nice J
Oh and I bought a boxing set! I have attached a picture so you can imagine me and my boxing set going wild! I box 20 minutes every day and it knocks me out... literally. I punched the bag so hard that it bounced back right into my face... I never experienced such a pain! Luckily I man up very quickly when I listen to ‘eye of the tiger’ – the Rocky theme song.
Oh oh! I nearly forgot to tell you... if some of you people are reading this from Greenwich Community College, you might be surprised to hear that I have an interview for my placement on the 5th of October! Meaning... I might become a teacher at the GCC!... fingers crossed J!

Monday, 19 September 2011

I hate induction days!

You probably think that you are the only odd one who hates induction days? The thought of going to a strange and unknown venue and sitting in a classroom with people you never met... no friends around and no-one to talk to. You’re heart beating heavily and getting sweaty hand..
It sounds like a description of a horror film, and for some it is. It might feel the same, but I can tell you from my own experiences that it ,,, ehm ,,, isn’t? Last Thursday was my induction day and it was very nerve wrecking.  You probably wonder why I had an induction day, because I already am a student at the University of Greenwich, but that is because I finished my Events Management degree and just started my PGCE course (which hopefully allows me to become a teacher). Imagine this... a classroom of approximately 200 people. No familiar faces, not even someone who you recognised on the bus on your way to the classroom. It was very scary and, just like a SAW film, I did not know what was going to happen. 

One of the academic staff members stood in front of the classroom and before introducing himself he said ‘So... what did you think about the rioters this summer? I hope you do not mind them, because you will be teaching them this year! Haha!’ This set the mood for the entire induction day... the sweat evaporated, everybody started laughing and talking to each other, my heart started beating at a normal speed... everything is fine... until you need to start to do exercises and then you realise that you just started a new journey in your (already) amazing life.

FYI thanks to the induction day the number of friends on facebook increased by 10 and now I have 321 friends! In other words, induction days are there to get familiar with the university and your fellow students. Don’t be scared and add them on facebook!