Well almost a week.
I moved in the dorm last Tuesday and it's Monday evening so... it's been almost a week.
So much has happened. It feels like I have been here for a long time even I spent two out of six nights in London.
First of all, there was no heat from September 25 to September 30. It was FREEZING. At least I had a thick duvet from Ikea which I was so thankful for but it seemed like some other people kept waking up in the middle of the night because it was so cold.
So today is the first day with heat. I was worried that they will be stingy with heat but so far it seems that the small radiator can heat up quite nicely. It almost feels like I have a space heater under my desk. Yes.. toasty.. so nice...
To quickly summarize what took place since September 25 -
September 25 - it was a registration day. Most of LLM and BA aff Law students had to register (I think. I think the BA Law registered some other day). And I got my room assigned. It has a nice view of the garden and has an ensuite bathroom. You know what, I did not expect anything so this is not bad. There also was Welcome Tea which was a good opportunity to meet a few people.
September 26 - Went to look for a bike with one of the floormates who are taking the same program as I do. She managed to buy one but I didn't. I was going to order from Amazon and I did.. but my credit card had some issues so eventually I had to cancel the order.
September 27 - omg. I don't remember what happened on 27 already. Man my memory is shot. How am I going to survive the law school? Oh yes, I went to the first set of Introductory lectures. All three were very good. I uploaded the notes.
September 28 - I went to the second set of Introductory lectures. All three lectures were very interesting but there were many terms that I had to pay keen attentions so my notes weren't as good - so I haven't uploaded them yet.
September 29 - Saturday was the Matriculation day. I don't actually understand the purpose of it but over all it was nice. I don't think any of the schools I have been to had similar functions. No school took photos like you would do for graduation before I started the course. But then I never took graduation photos... maybe when I graduate from Cambridge, I will take some grad photos?
Also, on Saturday, I had a meeting with my tutor. He told me that I should do some things other than studying law otherwise I will go crazy. I didn't really tell him that I don't have hobbies that are typically enjoyed by majority of people. I didn't tell him that my hobbies are going to Costco for shopping, looking for (residential) properties to purchase, and looking for next startup ideas. Oh I do paint, draw and take photos sometimes but they didn't seem that significant.
After the meeting with my tutor, I went to London. I also managed to get a 16-25 railcard, a card that allows you to get 1/3 discount on rail tickets for one year for £28. I was going to meet D at Kings Cross and funny enough, I got to Kings Cross like 25 min earlier from Cambridge that D from Wandsworth.
My main purpose of the trip to London was (other than seeing my beloved) to get my bank card picked up but I couldn't manage it due to London's commuter traffic. Well let's just say I thought Vancouver was bad.
After an unsuccessful attempt to pick up my bank package, D dropped me off at the Putney train station. So from there, took a train to Vauxhall, on Victoria Line to Kings Cross St. Pancras, and from Kings Cross to Cambridge. Overall from Putney, it took about 2 hrs to get to Cambridge.
Today, October 1, I had a meeting with my Director of Studies (DoS) to discuss this year's subjects. It seems like I will be taking: constitutional law, contract law, tort, land law, and international law. They all sounds very interesting. Tomorrow, supervisions will start. And I was surprised to find out the supervisions are all over the campus. I mean ALL OVER!!! I was trying to get by without getting a bike but after learning where my supervisions are (and I have these five times every other week on top of lecture that I have every day at the law school - which is also 25min walking distance). I finally gave in and bought a bike.
Well I think this is long enough now. I should turn in soon because I have two supervisions tomorrow and before the first one, I have to go and pick up my bicycle.
[photo: Cambridge Squire Law Library]