Students Staff
University of Essex

17 January 2011

Life on Campus – The Christmas Break

Filed under: First Year UG,Mature Students,Mike Foote,Start of term — admin @ 5:08 pm

In the last few days leading up to the end of the Autumn term, conversations between students around the campus all seemed to carry a similar theme, e.g; “Oh well, that’s me finished till next term. How about you, mate?” “Oh, a seminar tomorrow afternoon, then that’s it…!” A palpable, collective sense of calm seems to settle over the campus, echoes of dying conversations, the angst of essay deadlines fades quietly away, as students, mature and otherwise, drift off to their respective mansions and caves, with last exchanges of “Have a good one, we must reduce the stock of beer in the SU bar next term!” “Oh, too right!”.

Unlike some organisations in the ‘real’ world, the end of term does not stop on a specified day, at a given hour of the clock, but just dissolves with each student exiting stage left and right at odd hours over a couple of days. If you listen carefully, you might hear the odd murmur, “Christmas already? Blimey, that was quick!” Just as Week 16 advances the Spring Term in to gear, you can hear something awfully similar…..”Blimey, that was quick!”.

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