Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Look out, a geography geek is about!

So. I go to uni in 4 days!

That's only 5 sleeps, 3 of which will be kind of disrupted:
Tonight I'm off to see one of my favourite artists live-Jim Moray-with my mum. Yes, I know that sounds sad, but she wanted to go, I wanted to go, and it means she can drive. And I enjoy spending time with my Mum, it's fun :)
Then thursday I'm out enjoying the bright lights of StA...
And friday? Well, it'll be like the night before Christmas when you were little, put it that way. I still have to turn off my clock on Christmas eve so I don't keep on checking it.

I'm so unbelievably excited about everything, from organising my room to cooking to meeting new people with similar (or completely different) views to my own- and that's just the social side of excitement. I'm so...I don't know what the word is. Hyped seems a bit over-crazy...maybe pumped? Or just ready. Anyway. I'm so ready to learn more about the world- I applied for the BA, which is more human than physical geography, but I'm really excited to learn which parts of the course will interest me the most. The cold environments stuff we did at A level fascinated me- thinking about how glaciers/ice sheets can completely change a landscape was incredible, but even more so was the realisation that all the processes I have ever studied in Geography are so interconnected- I mean, I knew they were connected to a certain extent, but it's really interesting to learn that things like the rate that Norfolk is eroding (ie. very fast-a case study we used as GCSE coursework) is partly determined by isostatic rebound- the way the UK is acting like a seesaw. Think of it as that Scotland and Northern England/Wales had a person sitting on their end of the seesaw (ie. heavy ice in the last ice age). Then that person got off the seesaw (ice retreated, start of a warmer period) and the seesaw went back to being level. Only instead of this happening quickly, it's happening slowly, so the North is rising, and the South is sinking. This is also (woop, more connections!) one of the reasons why people are so worried/preoccupied about flooding in London. It's not JUST that sea levels are rising, it's also that the land is getting lower.

Wow, that was a long tangent.
Actually, this whole post is a tangent, I'm supposed to be packing right now. But as Katie quite rightly put it; how do you pack for your whole life?
In fairness though, I have a car's worth of space, she only has 25kg or something.

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