That post title might look a little callous considering the subject, but it’s not meant to. Rather it is a reference to the speed of change here in the college. You see, having said goodbye to the Leavers just last Wednesday night, all of whom are wonderful people who are and will be sadly missed, today saw myself, a few other continuing students and a couple of continuing partners spend some of the day welcoming and looking after a number of the new, incoming students as they came to see around the college, and have meetings with various staff about things such as accommodation, courses, and other matters. From my point of view it felt like it went well, and the feedback from the new students seemed positive. We have another similar day on Thursday, when we will meet more of the incoming contingent – there are a fair few coming in as next year we will be a student body of 31, which is the biggest Wesley House student body in quite a few years.
As mentioned, I felt the day went well, but the speed of change here is almost dizzying at times. It seems like just yesterday that the Nomad family were turning up here ourselves. My first year, despite exams result having been published, still doesn’t feel complete, with South Africa and the Royal Navy placements still to come. Yet, here were are, welcoming some of the new students already, in preparation for their full-time arrival in September! Their first meeting this morning was with our Director of Pastoral Studies, but they were meeting her in her new capacity as Principal – a role she is currently Acting in while the current Principal is on leave, but which she doesn’t formally take up until the beginning of September. I have no doubt it felt almost as new to her as it did to them!
The group we met today seemed like a good group, as I’m sure Thursday’s will too, but it will take time to adjust to being the senior members of the student body and not having our wonderful Leavers around to ask questions of – instead, we will be the ones expected to know the answers! The speed of change really is quite something. Just last week we were still First Years, and now, suddenly, we’re already Second Years, explaining to people the wide array of courses available here, about Community Thursdays, about how busy their timetable will be, and about the wonderful joys of living at Wesley House and in Cambridge! What is equally dizzying is the fact that if this year has been quick then it is likely that next year will be just as quick and that won’t be long before we’re preparing to pack up the flat to move on to our next, as-yet-unknown, destination! Then it will be us who are the old ones being lovingly remembered as those we have just welcomed begin the process of welcoming another new group of nervous, excited, wide-eyed students – life never stops, does it?!
Wherever you are on your journey, travel well.