These last two years at Brockenhurst really have been great. While there have been some parts that haven't been so enjoyable, such as anything to do with Electronics, some of the endless essays we had to do in music and of course how disorganized the college is sometimes, i've got a fair few good things to say about the place. To compare it to the year I studied at a 6th form school, I found college was everything and more than I expected from what other people told me. Some of the main differences I noted particularly was the diversity of the students there, which of course is most likely due to the difference in numbers of students. Another thing, that I found is quite a lot of teachers are so much more laid back and teach in a totally different way, and your relationship with them as a teacher I find is so much more on an even playing field, instead of having a big social divide between you both.
In the two years I have been there, I found myself in two entirely different social situations. The first being when I arrived at the college. Through old friends of mine, I got to know a group of second yar students and for that year, most if not all breaks I would spend my time with them up in the top of the Cafe. Given that they were second year students, they of course left when I began my second year, which left me in a not quite as easy social situation. Most of us kept in contact, and in a sense we are still a group, occasionally meeting up for drinks or a party.
The second year was totally different. I spent my time roaming around between different areas and different groups of people which I somehow didn't find quite as satisfying, as I didn't quite feel like I had a 'home base'. With the extra work that I had this year, and my decreased work ethic from the previous year, sometimes I spend a fair bit of my spare time working, or at least attempting to get work done in the library.
In the end, college works socially just like it does academically: you get what you put into it..or can just get lucky.
Studying Creative Writing was pretty enjoyable, while I feel our class in the first year was a little disjointed and mismatched, the group of people we had in the 2nd year was great. Throughout both years, Alex, our teacher was a laugh, being supportive and a decent teacher while also being pretty relaxed about work and at times being a slightly immature twat with few moral boundaries,who seemed to just bond with students so well.
Which brings me on to the more memorable quotes from this years classes, some from our class members and others from Alex himself.
Without giving any context behind anything said, here goes.
"I think Picasso was just a bit shit at drawing"
"It was when I asked Archie what he was going to do for his birthday; he said have a really big wank"
"Boobs cause fights"
"Ebola is a myth"
"I remember this time last year when someone sniffed nachos"
"Hands for boobs or boobs for hands?"
"You can live without legs & arms"
"All gingers are nazis"
"It's only gay if you have a boner"
"Or we could watch the film with the flying ham"
"This must be really difficult if you've got parkinsons"
"It's like if viagra was a person"
"If you're going make it rapey, at least make it funny"
"I'd shag her once and leave her probably"
"What? Cum on the face?"
"Why am I being called sweet pussy slut?"
"I'm now hungry and I want to die"
"Only hipsters have birthdays"
"Apparently the blowhole feels like a vagina"
"She's one of my favourite lesbians"
"Blobs have penises and feelings"
"You don't suck yourself off while writing a review"
"You're the most sexist feminist I know"
"I look like darth sidious but swag"
"But she also moved like a turkey"
"Flatpack gas chamber"
"It's full of pikeys and people waiting to die"
"If a kid made that for me I would smack them in the face "
"That's the first time she's given me a cake this year, usually she just gives me a handjob"
"He's also fucked one of every animal like Noah"
"She looks like she's in prison and they've put makeup on her to make people feel better when they
"I'm shit at poetry but I love your asshole"
"Why would a fridge be metaphor for arsehole? Because you open it and food comes out"
"Let's not 'fuck it' just yet.." "Henry won't have a problem with that"
Electronics I can't really be bothered to talk about, which pretty much sums up my attitude towards the work a lot of the time. I got to know some nice people in the class, and some of the basic principals we learned could prove useful, but I can't really say i'm going to often be in a situation thinking "I'm glad I studied Electronics when I was younger!".
Our music class was had a huge variety of different people, with differing music tastes, instruments that they played and of course personalities. At first we jarred with each other quite a lot, forming our own small circles depending on what sort of people we got on with, but as time passed, our class started to integrate with each other more and we found we shared more in common than we thought. Throughout the first year a couple of people dropped out along the way, which in most cases, you could see it coming a mile off from the attitude the people had. In the second year we really started to get on well with each other, being a little more than just classmates that we would see in college daily. In the end, we didn't see much of each other outside of college, often sticking to our own small groups in that situation, however it doesn't take away my sense of the 'unit' that we seemed to be by the end of our course.
After Tuesday, i'm not quite done as at some point i'm going to head in and finish off an original song I wrote, as I still need to record the drums, which my music tech teacher is kindly helping me out by playing for me.
I suppose after that...it's it, another chapter of my life to be relegated to my more often that not rather useless memory.