Anne-Sophie at UEA

An International Student of Literature in England.

Back to Norwich

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Here I am, in the land of tea, sat in the lounge of my English house. Easter is already over, so is the semester, so is my second year, and I am wondering where time has gone. It feels like I was starting the second semester and writing about being halfway through my degree yesterday. I was motivated for this semester, motivated to start working hard from the start so as to be at least a week ahead in all my modules so I would start working on the essays early and would not have to stress about anything. Things never go as planned though but I will be fine.

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I spent three weeks back home, in France, with a suitcase full of books. It felt so good despite the work. I’d missed all the places I go to and the warmth and, despite all the work and the three essays I had to work on, I spent as much time as possible with my little brother and family. No matter how many times I’ve said and thought Easter wasn’t a real break because work never stops – there’s always another book to read – it was nice to be home, in a familiar place with familiar faces.

Beach in Nice

Beach in Nice

Place Masséna

Place Masséna

There are still so many things I want to do in the South of France, things that will have to wait until the summer (which may be the last long and “real” summer at home? Scary thought…) – such as visiting my grandmother a lot more because I miss her! It breaks my heart to say I barely touched my instruments during Easter, although I have had a burning desire to play flute and strum distorted chord on my electric guitar for weeks and weeks!

However, work was my priority and I did read some books and even finished my first essay for European Literature (“Anxiety, guilt and existentialism in Camus’s The Outsider and Tabucchi’s Pereira Maintains”). It took much longer than I wanted, I kept changing things and the order of my plan but I did it, eventually. I’m not super happy with it for now but I’ll get feedback from my tutor in the next few days which is good in a way, but to be honest I just want to get rid of it because I need to focus on the next two essays and the final Shakespeare play (I find it nearly impossible to focus on another task if the first one isn’t fully done).

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Anyway, let’s focus on the good stuff: I read two novels and am currently reading a third one (NW by Zadie Smith – different but alright so far), I wrote a 3000 words long essay and, most importantly, I spent time with the people I love which is what matters the most!

My brother went on a school-trip to London for four days and when he came back he told me: “Now I understand how you feel every time you have to go back to university.” I found it so cute. I got back to Norwich a week earlier this time because my parents and my brother came back with me! It was so nice to finally be able to show them the campus I talked so much about, the city and my house. And I’m so fed up of travelling on my own each time… I think they liked it! Letting them go back to France this morning was heart-breaking and my brother didn’t want to leave – he wanted me to adopt him… I would keep him in England with me if I could. I will write a blog about our week in Norwich very soon!

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No, I haven’t been to Russia… There’s a beautiful Russian Cathedral in Nice!

Now that they’ve left, I must start intensive work: I have four weeks until all my essays are due! And after that… FREEDOM! Sort of. I’m so worried about failing that I keep dreaming about essays, work, the books I’ve read, Sartre and philosophy (I’m not kidding – this dream was taking place in my grandmother’s bathroom…), and I even have nightmares about Shakespeare (that one was horrible)! What has my life come to?

My boyfriend just arrived tonight and he’s going to stay for a week. We are celebrating our fifth anniversary 🙂

See you soon!

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3 comments on “Back to Norwich

  1. Fred
    19 April, 2016

    T’en fais pas………..♥M…E 🎈 . Ca va aller 😍

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  2. student nurse adventures
    14 April, 2016

    happy 5th anniversary and good luck with exams!! ^_^

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