The term is coming to an end, and exams are drawing near. So far, the past 2 months at Bellerbys have been very enriching and fun. My classmates and I have all settled in well to this new environment.
Almost half of the students in my law foundation class are Singaporeans, and we often hang out together. It just feels more comfortable hanging out with people from your own country, as can be seen by the different cliques that have already formed in school. Walking around, it is easy to see people sticking with friends of their own nationalities. I guess this is a good and bad thing. Though we are happy staying in our comfort zone, but it also defeats the purpose of studying at an international college. I guess people just dislike change.
There are 4 subjects to study this term, namely Law, Politics, English and CIT. In terms of difficulty, law and politics are the hardest to grasp, as they are relatively new topics to me.
For law, we have covered the civil and criminal process as well as legal personnel and lay participation. Currently we are in the midst of studying the sources of law. Thankfully for me, law and politics are inter-related, and thus, makes it easier to study. English and CIT are subjects on its own, but both are very interesting in their own way.
All of these subjects have exposed me to new knowledge, new ideas and new skills.
For the past 2 months, I have forced myself to get back into the mood and pace of studying. Having worked for the past 2 years, this is not easy, but I know I can do it and I will do my best. Working before coming back to continue my studies has also given me the right mindset. It made me cherish studying more, as this is the time when I can work hard for my future. As compared to when I was studying at junior college back in Singapore, I feel that I have become more determined and focused, though there are times when I do get lazy.
Also, due to the frequent flying required by my previous job, I had no problems adjusting to the time difference when I first arrived in Brighton, and did not have any difficulties settling in. I am going to sound very unfilial, but I didn’t feel homesick at all, as I was away from home most of the time while I was still working.
Studying in a foreign country does however; make one more appreciative of the friends, family, (and food) back home. I am especially thankful to my parents for giving me the opportunity to further my studies here in the UK. There’s still 1 month to go before I head back to Singapore during the winter break and almost 7 months more till the course ends. Time flies when you are having fun, and I will cherish the time I have left at this college.