By Lizzie Bird
Taking inspiration from a postcard I found at home (see Reflecting on Our First Term – What is Design?) I asked everyone on our course to give me one word to describe their first term on the MAUD program at Newcastle and encouraged everyone to be as honest as they liked! I’ve put all the words together and it’s quite interesting to see them side by side and I think shows quite clearly everybody’s different experiences. My word was whirlwind. The term seems to have been so busy with deadlines, field trips, seminars, tutorials and crits it seems to have flashed past so quickly. In contrast another word put forward (the author might like to reveal themselves!) I really liked was Diving, explained as – ‘ I mean a diving that was unexpectedly long (phew! I didn’t know that I had to hold my breath that long)’. While many of the words reflect how intensive and challenging the first term has been I hope that like me, most would agree the first term on the MAUD program has been interesting and thought provoking.