When the kids were small and as part of my endeavour to give them the 'choice' to find out about the wonderful world of the sciences, I had a yearly family pass to The Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum. These are now free to enter and are full of mums, dads, teachers and kids of course, they weren't then.
Parking was free inside the Hyde Park, so I used to visit on weekends, time permits ... or collect the older kids from school, park my people's carrier by The serpentine lake [above picture], then load two kids onto the double push chair, one with a bottle in his hand and the other with a dummy to shut him up, with the older two holding the push chair from either side with one hand, and a carrot or something in the other.
A sight to behold! The Family then used to walk out of the park, cross the busy high street and keep walking in Exhibition Road to get to the museums ... that's if the whole operation went smoothly and I didn't have to stop a zillion times on the way to explain the virtues of street manners, or sometimes even giving up and returning to where we came from and ending up just feeding the ducks in the park, and the kids, with stale bread instead .... Then, after a hand smack ... or two ... and a little cry here and there, me included ... just give up and head for home .... or, after lots of negotiations and a few promises on both sides, give it a try again!
But those times we suceeded to get to Exhibition Road, we had to pass by 'The' Imperial College to get to the museums ... and everytime I used to stop and look. Sometimes even walk about the campus with the kids after visiting a museum, looking at the architecture, people passing by and the students, then look at my kids and say "I want you here one day!" ... and I used to order the prospectus ... year on year without fail ....
... and, when it was time for the open day and I was getting ready ...
- "What are you doing mum?! You can't come! It's not school anymore, it's uni!"
- "Yes, but ... "
- "I am not a child anymore mother, trust me ... bye! :-)"
... and when kid got in ....
"Are you OK kid? You happy there? ... you know what those teachers can be like ... they need to see that I am there for you, otherwise ... When do you get to meet your tutor anyway, I'll come with y ... "
- "Moththther! ... You'll get to come on graduation day, OK?!"
- " But that's six years away ... @@"
Well, I did get to see the halls of residence ... twice ... but after that, whenever I tried to deliver hot home made food to my 'must be starving' kid in Kensington, kid either refused outright, or, came down to fetch in person ... after a few kisses, a hug and a 'miss you, miss you mother', it was ...
- "Thanx ma ... you're an angel"
... and shshshooot up, they disappeared!
... and I used to wonder, what's going on inside there?! ... but I never got to find out! ... the other kids did say 'thanks' for the food when they came home for more with 'kid', and they weren't fussy either, they ate anything, and everything ... and yeah, you liked it? I mean, you're welcome ... anyime at all kids!
Then ... it happened! I am now the proud mother of two Imperial College graduates! One from head to toe, and the other for an intercalated degree ... and I got to meet some of their teachers after the graduation ceremony too ... kids introduced us and kids made sure mum was on her best behaviour! How times change! ... and I got to taste that delicious Imperial finger food and an Imperial glass of orange juice too! :-) ... everybody else was drinking Champagne ... well, loads were anyway ...
And that was it! ... but the kids always had a dinner ball a few days afterwards [*^&$%#!] .... and 'unique', eh? ... Nice!
Now, I still visit Imperial ... the website ... a lot! I even follow them on Twitter too ... but that's not just because I am a fan ... have a look yourself! Ammaaazing site, isn't it?! With all this new tech, what next? Loud music on this uni's site too, or maybe one day they'll get out of the screen and shake hands with you?!! Spooky ... but ... Brilliant! And try to visit other top unis sites first, then come to Imperial and, see what I mean?! No hand shake yet, but it is interactive still sooo ... jump right in! ... drag your mouse here to explore their precious Kensington campus. Or, how about that undergraduate prospectus? just follow the arrows and click on anything you see! Hear that frog? ... and, did you find the flying saucer? Crazy! keep clicking :-D
But then they do wisen up once they get onto the serious business of postgraduate stuff, don't they?! ... the staff is no different! Click and see ... and are the teachers there decorated or wot!
... and you don't have to be a student there to visit much of that fantaaastic site! Well ... maybe you're not their student yet, but you have that spark they're lokking for and want to be one ... or maybe you are a mum or a dad looking for 'choice' for your kids? ... or even just a passer by ... just come and enjoy, but be warned, you will get hooked! For it is updated nearly every day! And it's always loaded with things to learn too, in an easy to understand language ... of course! I still do visit the other uni's sites too, but not as much ...
And sooo, with all this going on, when do those students get to work then, eh?!
“What do we need a psychiatrist for? We know our kid is nuts.”
- "This in the video, is a learning excer-thingy?!"
- "Yes mum, it is!"
- " Oh!"
Is this how they teach science these days! ... Gone then are the days when engineering ... And medical students, had to spend 8 - 10 hours a day reading! Or on a drawing board ... bare Minimum, eh?! ... Mmmmm, you know wot, why am I not there?! This is my type of learning, you know! Maybe I should apply to study medicine ... or a PhD ... or two ... I am the one who was meant to be a doctor after all ... and ....
- " :-D Mothther!"
- "Wot?!" :-(