Going back to university after a 4 month long summer holiday is like leaving the bathroom after a super hot shower or walking out of an air-conditioned building on an Indian summers day or like getting out of bed on a winters morning. Your entire body feels like it has received a shock. There is a brief moment of absolute desperation as your insides plead. You shiver and sweat as you adjust to this strange new environment. Before you know it, and although this may seem impossible to you, you don’t even notice the change.
Acclimatisation is one of the best things about natures instinct on survival. Even in the toughest of environments species develop to their habitats. Species have evolved through the process of natural selection. This is the idea that those best suited to their habitats are most likely to stick around for a little longer.
Much of natural selection exists at university, metaphorically. Those that acclimatised survived, those that couldn’t didn’t. It was a simple selection. The difference between Darwin’s species and us is that we have a choice to change our survival rate. Part of our survival is genetic and the other, more significant, part is environmental. We have to race. We have to work hard. I felt genuine sadness for our 18 colleagues that had failed today. I could have been in that position. In fact, I had been convinced I would be have been in that position.
Starting university feels like a mission now, just like a bear out of hibernation. There is no going back to the comfort of the warm bed, there is no chance of staying in the shower a little longer and you most definitely have no opportunity to slow down the pace.
That said, there was comfort in seeing the familiar faces of my friends. These are the people that spend hours with me on coursework deadlines and phone calls. The friends that appreciate and understand you and are in just as much shit as you are. It was nice to be back. Despite everything that was coming ahead, the summer had been long and boring. I was ready for the challenge, you know? I know it was going to be hectic but somehow I know that that’s my most comfortable environment. And so what if this was statistically going to be the hardest year of my course? Let the games begin.
PS: Unfortunately, this is going to be my last post on this blog for a little while. Last year I felt that during term times my posts were a little more irregular than I would have liked and making posts regularly tended to require more inspiration than I had time for. I might be making on-off updates so if you are a regular reader, I am really sorry about the randomness ^^
Hope to be blogging soon! :D