Psychology student Poppy shares what she misses most about university life – pre-lockdown – and catches up with her fellow students to find out what they, too, miss about Bath Spa.
On 23 March we became a fully functioning virtual university after just a week's prep. This feat was incredible and very necessary for the wellbeing of everyone, but it meant that a lot of students had to make premature goodbyes in a minimal amount of time.
Because of this, I want to share all the things we miss about Bath Spa, and of course, all the things we can't wait to be reunited with.
Well, this is obvious. From Newton Park to Corsham Court we are graced with some of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Beth was not alone when she said:
"I miss the animals."
There was something so special about walking to class and being greeted by the new lambs or having lunch next to a majestic peacock; my favourite was the little brown calf that would sit and moo her loudest during Open Days. We can't wait to see the ducks roosting next to Gardens accommodation and the ducklings waddling to Commons for the first time. Let's not forget the swans! We can't wait to be chased around the lake on what we thought would be a relaxing stroll.
I think Jonn put it best when he said:
"I miss the community feel of university, and how at big events we showed our true colours as diverse and caring people. I'm looking forward to catching up with people face-to-face again, as it's not great being shut in on your own."
Bath Spa knows how to throw a party, and as a member of the Pride Committee, I can promise that the delay in the celebration will only make it bigger and better.
On a smaller scale, Tom misses:
"Main house yoga on Tuesdays."
Bath Spa isn't big, but it is ours, and it makes all our events so much more personal. Little things like group yoga become such an integral part of your day-to-day life that when it's taken away, it leaves a hole. Luckily, we refuse to abandon our community. With thanks to our Sabbatical Officers, we have the Corona Vibes Facebook group, which allows us to carry on with our yoga and other social activities online. It's safe to say that we can't wait to come together again and celebrate our passions.
I miss my lecturers so much and although they have been working so hard to stay in touch with us all, I miss bumping into them around campus and having a chat about nothing in particular.
Our lecturers make up a small part of the workforce on campus, and I also miss the groundskeeper who gave me a lift in the buggy on a rainy Open Day and who now gives me a friendly wave whenever I see him on campus. I miss the security team with whom I have had so many funny chats and encounters.
I miss the catering team, who didn't need to ask me for my order – but instead had an extra-hot soya chai latte waiting for me (especially when I was stressed with assignments).
Last but by no means least, I miss the porters and cleaners. They would offer a friendly smile and make you feel part of the community.
If there's one thing I know for certain in these unpredictable times, it's that Bath Spa is stronger than a virus. We will succeed in whatever we put our minds to because we have a community of the kindest and most supportive people behind us. We're going to struggle and have our down days, but we can rely on Bath Spa to pick us back up. All I have to say is: thank you Bath Spa University. Until we meet again.
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