I went to a BBC Work Experience Conference yesterday, and have learnt a good deal of useful information. My time with Tyne-Tees was wonderful, and I notice that the BBC also only offers very short placements up in Newcastle, but the opportunities down here in Bristol are huge, with a great BBC Headquarters just 20 mins walk away, so it could be that I'm down here over the summer again at some point. Still, away from journalism, there's a lot of prospects for fields such as New Media or Programme Making; so it seems that the multimedia world might carry more in store yet. This morning, I've been on a training course for the tutoring job, which was great fun. Only three applicant tutors; latte was appreciated; set tasks were fun; the other tutors were tops; and I get paid for it as well. All the problems I foresaw such as transport, accommodation and all will be fine, and I have to pop in tomorrow morning to tie up some forms before my double Latin lecture which shall end the term. The main reason for me posting is that today marks one year ago since I first saw Bristol (the corresponding open day this year was yesterday), and I remember the weather being particularly beautiful last year, and it was for the early part of this week, sadly not today to mark my little anniversary - but I'm just once again looking how far I've come since this stage last year - when even coming down to visit Bristol for two days on my own at the time seemed the most courageous thing I'd ever done.
Excluding the RPG, trying to focus on where University has gone down well, now, while everything's not perfect, I've secured a place in these fabulous halls, have some good friends here, had a lot more experience in acting and the dramatic arts, earned some good money, taken the initative to get involved in the Wider Participation and been successful, have good opportunities for work experience here, and am still in the running for the term-time Bar Manager's job next year. Work has been extremely hard of late, but know that the eye circumstances haven't made it easy, and I've done my best - so plenty to smile about, and think that on this anniversary, the only shadow this year around is the weather, my shadow of what I was last year compared to now, I've left behind. I trusted in what people wanted of me, which was to be positive over Lent at the minimum, and I think I'm managing that very well. If Jessops' very nice letter had arrived a month ago sadly telling me bad news on the RPG score, that it's against company policy to loan equipment, and that they couldn't help, I'd have cried over it. What would that have achieved? Instead, I grimace that the KM site is still down, and have noted that point in Plan B, which has already been put into place ~ I just hope there is a quicker response this time, although in fairness to Jessops, a personal letter sent from Leicester after I sent the request to Manchester: it justifies the time. Well, fingers crossed - someone will realise the skill and seriousness of what we're doing. Am just trying to think on the situation: smile on the world, it might just smile back.
Love, Peace & Harmony,