COLLEGE SPECIAL

7 September 2001




COLLEGE SPECIAL

When students are phoning home, they employ

a language all of their own. So, whether youre a

student wondering how best to conceal from mum and

dad what youve really been up to – or a parent trying

to decipher what your kids have been doing, heres a

few tips. Tim Relf phones home

Pauline Addis, 20

What are you studying?

A BSc degree in Equine Science at Imperial College at Wye. Ive just finished the first year.

How many hours of lectures do you have a week?

Too many… It varies from term to term. In the winter term its about 20 hours, down to five or six in the summer term. Plus practicals and occasional tutor groups.

Whats your favourite subject?

Introduction to Equine Science. The subject covers quite a bit of background, such as evolution and behaviour. We do a fair amount on what can go wrong (like we need to be told!) and the science behind the traditional cures.

What subject do you like least?

I found biochemistry hard, but once Id made an effort to learn and understand it was easier. We had to do microbiology which I couldnt really see the relevance of but was quite fun – in one practical we had to identify a strain of bacteria by submitting it to various tests.

What are you hobbies?

You have to be pretty strict with your time but I do manage to pack in riding every day, competing most weekends. My horse and I event at pre-novice/novice level and I hope to take him Intermediate next year. Im also social secretary for the ladies football team which is a great laugh.

The beach is only an hour away and weve had some good times there… Not going to reveal the things we get up to after a trip to the union!

Where do you live?

I was in halls in main college for this year and am in a flat in Dunstan Skilbeck hall next year. Its around £70/week catered which is reasonable.

Whats a typical night out?

On a week night its always down the union. We have an amazing exec committee which organises fantastic nights. Weve had bouncy castles, bucking bronco, human table football, a foam party, Caribbean night, schoolgirls night… then sports night on a Wednesday, which involves meeting with your sports group (footie for me) and submitting yourself to the drinking games. Outside Wye theres a brand new club in Ashford where half the regulars are Wye students, and theres a couple of other clubs in the area and a few pubs and bars in Ashford. But Canterbury is great for posh restaurants, not-so-posh restaurants plus great bars and a theatre.

Whats your favourite CD?

All of them! Probably the Ministrys Chillout session or anything loud. I also love Moby, Ash and even classical music.

Whats the best thing about college?

Meeting some incredible people, having to push yourself, actually learning about something Im fascinated by – finally I can actually understand my horse.

Whats the worst thing about college?

Because Wye is so small, it can get claustrophobic. You

need to be careful to have some time to yourself. Also making yourself study when youd rather be sunbathing!

William Curtis, 18

What are you studying?

I am currently studying a National Diploma in Agriculture at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire. I will be beginning the second year of the two year course in October.

How many hours of lectures do you have a week?

During the first year of the course there were 15 lectures/week and the rest of the time was taken up by practical sessions on the farm and in the workshops. Wednesdays were free.

Whats your favourite subject?

My favourite lectures during year one were Ruminants and Crop Production but I most enjoyed the practical sessions which consisted of arable duties, livestock duties/practicals, welding and building. Arable and livestock practicals teach you a wide span of new skills.

What subject do you like least?

I least enjoyed pig lectures probably because I am not really interested in pigs.

What are you hobbies?

My hobbies include all sports, computer games and listening to music. I play cricket for a local team on Saturdays during the season.

Where do you live?

During the college year I live in the halls of residence which in year one were average rooms. I did have a room to myself with studying facilities but shared bathroom facilities. On the whole, facilities were good with laundry facilities, shop, etc on campus. The price of a room in my particular block was approx £40 a week but there are other more expensive rooms. We buy a food card at the beginning of term for approximately £260 but you can buy extra if you need to. There is a self-service refectory serving all types of meals.

Whats a typical night out?

A few beers at the college bar or the local pub, talking/playing snooker and enjoying myself with friends. Bishop Burton is a very friendly close community.

Whats your favourite CD?

Bon Jovis Crush.

Whats the best thing about college?

I would say the College provides excellent sports and social facilities which allows you to make a lot of new friends. Also, when the farm is open (it has been closed due to foot-and-mouth which has disrupted the practical side of things this year) the practical sessions are helpful and very informative. There is an excellent mix of theory and practical study.

Whats the worst thing about college?

I cant find a bad thing to say about college – its great!

THE biggest reunion ever is promised at Harper Adams this month as part of the Shropshire colleges centenary celebrations. Students past and present will converge on the campus on the afternoon and evening of Sat, Sept 22. "Dont miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime," a college spokesperson says. "One hundred years is a long time to wait for the next one."

Tickets for the event, which must be booked in advance, can be obtained on 01952-815297 or 01952-815407.


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