There were times I thought I was never going to get in for the afternoon’s lecture today.
OK, picture the scene, Rob waiting at the bus stop, when the thought struck him that he’d not picked up his electronic ID badge. So off he trudges back home, seeing the bus coming down the road. Well ok, I’ll just not have time for a quick coffee before we start then.
He gets his badge, gets on the next bus, and gets to Southall for his 30 minute run to Acton. Some 50 minutes to get there, should be enough to get in time for the 1pm start. Where’s the buses? Ah, there aren’t any for 5 minutes, the display says. Not a big problem. The display still says 5 minutes to any bus to Acton some 30 minutes later, as it does 45 minutes later! By now I’d resigned myself to being late and having the first black mark against me. Just after 1pm, the buses start turning up, and away we go. Turns out there’d been an accident further up the road…
I get there about 1.30pm, and I’d missed a presentation by the college Welfare officer. Well, that was a person I did want to have a chat with, so it means I’ll have to use some of my spare time to talk to them. Bah. However, the course lecturer in charge had not yet been in to take the register, so I was safe. That was some serious luck!
The written english assessment that I just caught before the lecturer arrived was a piece of cake. I’d have been extremely unhappy if he’d found anything the matter with my written english… Giving me 20 minutes to write about any subject that interested me saw 15 minutes on writing match reports for Hampton & Richmond. No surprises there, and I could easily have done more, had space allowed.
Mind you I’m not sure about a couple of my younger colleagues on the course, not with their ability, but their application! In the 20 minutes for the assessment, when most had written a page of A4, one had done about 2 inches, and his mate 3/4 of a page. Seems their Blackberry’s were more interesting than the assessment. I can see trouble with them if they don’t get their fingers out.
Last bit of the day was the introduction to the library and computer suite. You know how those things go, now don’t you.
Tomorrow, no college but possibly some discussion with Employment Services, apparently if the course is under 15 hours, you don’t need to sign off. Well thats good, as ours is 14.5 hours! Hah!