Halfway Hall: A mid-uni-life crisis?

Elsa Maishman 15 February 2015

Halfway through, and it seems like time is going faster than ever before. We had our Halfway Hall Formal at Homerton on Thursday, and it was an emotional night to say the least.

Most of the evening was spent looking round at friends, taking it all in with mixed feelings of panic and pride, contemplating what’s in store for all of us. I’m definitely not nostalgic for Freshers’ Week, but I do think back to those very first days and wonder what we would have made of our lives now.

There are so many awesome things about Cambridge life that I will sorely miss come graduation. Whilst moving out of student accommodation will be glorious (no more sharing a bathroom with strangers), living alongside friends has been wonderful fun. Nipping in and out of each others’ rooms during bop preparation, chatting until midnight and always having a group to eat dinner with is an experience never to happen again. There’s also the amazing five-week holidays we get here.

More to the point, leaving university means becoming an actual adult, with proper responsibilities. Marking the halfway point has really reminded me how fortunate we are to be here, and how different things will be when it’s over.

All of this is not to say that I’m dragging my heels about leaving: in reality, it’s all quite exciting. In the not-so-distant future there will come a time for Cambridge life to end, and for the ‘Real World’ to not seem quite so scary anymore. Earning an actual salary and being able to buy things other than Sainsbury’s Basics is eagerly anticipated, and the extra independence is something I feel the need for quite regularly here.

It’s just that with all the internship and work experience applications flying around, it’s easy to get lost in the midst of it all. Sometimes it feels like I’ve spent the majority of second-year thinking about plans for the summer and how they will affect life after third year. Planning for the future can come at a cost of missing the present, and the present is pretty special.

So while I’m not terrified about leaving, my main concern is spending the next 18 months taking it all in. I want to do it all and experience everything Cambridge has to offer before it’s all gone.

Luckily we second-years still have time to do all the things we might have wished we hadn’t missed, so I for one am going to take some evenings off to eat cookies with friends, explore colleges, and enjoy it. There’s that old cliché of only regretting things you didn’t do, and I cannot imagine that meant those three extra books on the reading list.