Thursday, 8 September 2011
Not Long Now
Maughan Library at King's yesterday afternoon (I'm not fully enrolled yet so missing the card which would automatically let me in). The library is in the old Public Records Office, just around the corner from the Royal Courts of Justice and opposite the Law Society. I hope you can see from the picture (left) how beautiful it is on the outside. Inside it is very large and light (everything seems to be painted white). The reading room is absolutely gorgeous and featured in the film of the Da Vinci Code, although I'm not sure how proud the college is of that.
Although term doesn't start for about 10 days I was surprised how many people were there. I got a bit lost at first and it was eerie to wander through a few empty rooms where lights came on just as I went into the room and then seemed to go off as soon as I left (very efficient motion sensors). When I got to the English/Literature section though there were about 5 other people working. I was worried that I might distract them as I took out my pen and opened my notepad but then I noticed there was a constant noise - the tip-tap of computer keyboards being struck. Hmmm - spot the 'old' student. I think I'll have to get used to using either my iPad or laptop for note-taking or look like a bit of a dinosaur. I'm just worried that I'm too slow a typist! I suppose practice will make perfect and as I spent time today typing up my handwritten notes from yesterday I guess it will be more efficient just to type in the first place.
I really want to get organised now. My prepatory reading is going well (i.e. I'm reading the background books. If you tested me on Freud not sure how well I'd do) but I want to know when our induction will be and make a start on things. I really need to learn some patience but it's just because I'm excited.
Thanks for reading ...