This term closed off with Environmental Society’s Winter Food Stall where we sold mince pies, cupcakes, yule logs, stollen, freshly brewed mulled apple juice and more! Everything tasted amazing and with a gargantuan effort we raised almost £115, which wasn’t bad for what turned out to be a very quiet day in the SU. We’ve got more events fast approaching including a Spring Ball at the start of February, to celebrate the end of exams and the start of the new term.
I arrived back in London on the 17th where I attended the graduation party of my good friend Zindzi. I saw friends who I had not seen since summer or, in some cases, the previous Christmas, and it reminded me how fast a year seems to go yet how so much can still happen. It was a fun evening, with good food and drinks in the company of good friends and I felt fortunate to have these people around me. A highpoint of the night was definitely Zindzi’s 9 year-old relative, Evan, pulling out some of the best dance moves I’ve genuinely seen in a long time and watching him wipe the floor with people over twice his age. It was so good!
The day after I packed my weekend bag and got on a train to begin my journey to Oxford. My housemate, Steph, had invited us to stay with her aunt and uncle for a few days, an invitation I gratefully accepted. I serendipitously met an old school friend on the way at East Croydon station who is doing his master’s in a similar field to my undergraduate degree and I couldn’t help but be slightly inspired listening to him talk. We said our goodbyes at Victoria, I got on the tube which was held up as someone lost their child (I don’t know how either) and arrived in Marylebone- a pleasant little station- almost too early, so took my time to explore the architecture of concourse and surroundings whilst drinking the frothiest chai latte there ever was. Having just come from a Southern Rail train which has decimated the morale of commuters in south London and beyond, I was pleasantly surprised to not only get on a train arrived and departed on time, but to get an actual seat! I sat down and my small train headed north in the darkness of a wintery afternoon.