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Bellerbys is Home

Posted 25 October 2013
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It was 17th September 2012 when I first arrived at Bellerbys College. The gloomy weather certainly did not help me with my home sickness. As soon as I checked into my room, a tone of silence hit me and my head was telling me that my life here was going to be dull. However, when I got up for school the next day, I was completely amazed by the atmosphere in college. There were so many friendly faces around.

It was 17th September 2012 when I first arrived at Bellerbys College. The gloomy weather certainly did not help me with my home sickness. As soon as I checked into my room, a tone of silence hit me  and my head was telling me that my life here was going to be dull. However, when I got up for school the next day, I was completely amazed by the atmosphere in college. There were so many friendly faces around.

Time passed quickly, it was like watching a time lapse video of flowers blooming, my time at Bellerbys grew more exciting and I met more new people every term.  I was 17 when I first came to Bellerbys and I had ben assigned to live in the under-18 block. Despite the curfew, there were nightly ‘meetings’ with my friends in the common room (celebrating birthdays, surprises, and movie nights).

Abbe friends 

After every Christmas break, my friends and I would reunite and exchange presents with each other. Although the people we meet and the friends we make come from different parts of the world, we know that at the end of the day when we come back to college, we will reunite.

Abbe with friends 

Bellerbys is at its most beautiful during winter, students love the snow and we would have our annual Bellerbys College snow fight with everyone in McMillian student village. Through studying and living at Bellerbys I have been exposed to many different cultures. Perhaps this is why I enjoy it here.

College in snow 

As soon as I turned 18, I moved into the over-18 building. Despite the fact that I get more freedom now, I do miss living together with my friends in the same block. However, living in the over 18 block has its advantages; I have my own kitchenette where I can cook ( so I no longer have to starve after 11).

During my free time, my friends and I would stroll around Greenwich Park or grab some food and drink near the college. The location of the college is excellent as it provides all the facilities we need. It is definitely easy to adapt to life here in London.

In terms of education, Bellerbys offers a small number of students in a classroom and this has given every individual attention and concentration. This also gave students the opportunity to get closer to their classmates and work together as team. Recently, students that are doing the Humanities Foundation Programme are required to complete a group project called ‘ conflict’ this has enabled students to move around freely and get to know more people outside their classrooms.

Bellerbys is a place where I make lifetime friends and I  am psyched to come back to college every term to meet them. This is my final year at Bellerbys and I am looking forward to the rest of this year and I hope to meet more new faces next term!

Abbe Liew 

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