First day of university after moving in on Friday. Officially start my course today got up early so I wouldn’t be late. Haven’t had to be up before 8 for 16 months strange getting up that early. Glad I chose to stay in last night as I don’t think I would’ve coped very well with the early start (even after breakfast and coffee). The day started well and most people I saw seemed pretty chirpy considering the time. I think they must have had an early night (most of us were suffering after a rather heavy Saturday). Heading over to the university for the first time trying to memorise the route I will have to take for the rest of the year. Headed inside the university to look for the room we were meeting in and sat with a few fellow students before the remaining students arrived. After being paired off with a student named Charlotte from South Wales who I had to interview and find out some specific information and vice versa which helped everyone feel involved in the course (on a journalistic and social level) and helped us get to know everyone on the course after presenting the information (some of it bizarre) to the rest of the group following which lunch. After the brief interview we entered into a group discussion on our expectations of the course and what skills a journalist should have which helped us understand what we should expect over the coming year and what skills we would have to develop to excel in journalism over all platforms considering the course is multimedia journalism. Having to register with the nearest surgery required a lot of filling in forms which is never interesting. This was followed by lunch which I headed to the SU Bar for which was the easiest option being so close to the newsroom (which will be handy for the rest of the year.) Following lunch the information was presented in a room packed with Mac computers, from here we were introduced a to two lecturers to add the two we had been greeted by in the opening session. After that the information was presented and some strange facts such as one student having a phobia of bananas and another being a regional fencing champion made my fact of being a chef seem rather boring (much like this post). After this introduction to the group we were made alert to the importance of social media in news as the way we access news in this age is more and more digitally based and presented in platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and the group then followed each other on Twitter and are now connected in Facebook by the page dedicated to the course I am to study for the next three years of my life which started this morning in a newsroom somewhere in Southampton. We were asked to set up a blog using WordPress which has led to this post and which will lead to many more as the year continues as we will be tasked with posting on a specific topic each week set by our lecturers. This post is a product of that session. So overall a successful and fairly productive start to rest of my life and the start of my course at Southampton Solent University. After a early night last night may have to head out tonight with new flatmates and hopefully not suffer the consequences tomorrow considering it’s another rather early start compared to the midday starts I am used to in the catering industry. Let’s hope tomorrow brings more of the same.