So, the second week of university is over and our third week is about to begin! Last week brought with it new challenges as well as some surprising revelations!
I guess you could say that last week was the first time ‘shit got real’ at university, as our tutors gleefully threw tons of information at us and chuckled as our heads
revolved (I might be embellishing that a little). We did suddenly find ourselves with lots to think about and lots to study; it’s hard to know where to start, but start I must!
Even though there’s work to do, the reading part of it doesn’t really feel like work and as I read books written by authors I’d never heard of, in styles I’d never consider reading, I find myself enjoying it. It really is amazing how much you can learn by getting out of your comfort zone and reading things you wouldn’t usually. I found myself initially confused and disliking Dan Rhodes’ writing style in Anthropology, but by the time I’d finished it, I’d come to love those little surrealist vignettes of his and I will be seeking out more of his work.
Another surprising thing I discovered was how much I’m actually scared of
scriptwriting! Before I started the course, I thought it was easy, but after our first four hour (yes, four hours of scriptwriting each week!) class, I was petrified by the
technical complexity of scripts. Hopefully as the weeks go on, I’ll be able to get it straight in my head and I think that ultimately, I will enjoy scriptwriting. Still, it was scary, eye opening stuff!
For me, the lesson of the week has to go to Building The World. We were spoiled by having it as our very first class and it was so much fun! Everything else was struggling to match up to it. We started easily enough by discussing what secondary worlds were and why we create them. We then had to imagine what our world would be like without a single invention. It was fascinating to imagine the possibilities that could exist when just one essential invention was removed from the world. Although I have to say to some of my classmates, who imagined a world
without the internet, that I remember that world very clearly already! Jokes about my age aside, the whole lesson was fun and thought provoking.
So we start week three with a good idea of how our lessons are going to go and a very real idea of the amount of work we have to do. Even with all of the work, I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else right now and I’m so happy I have a great bunch of people to go on this journey with!