SCABs – By @bbrice01
By Becky Brice
If someone had asked me to write a blog post a couple of years ago, I would have politely told them to jog on. I didn’t exactly sore at English in school, which led me to believe that I had no future with words. However, since leaving school and being able to write about subjects I am actually interested in, I’ve discovered a new found ‘like’ (I wouldn’t go as far as love). I still have to psych myself up to write, but once I get going I find it much more enjoyable than I once thought was possible.
Alongside that of course comes reading and, again, I came to reading a bit later in life. To be clear, I did have the capability to read at the usual young age, I just didn’t enjoy it. Luckily, the commute to work for the past couple of years has enabled me to put aside time exclusively to read, where there are no distractions. There’s no better motivation to keep your eyes on a book than the possibility of commuter eye contact I find. During this time I have found that books are actually great. I know, a little late to the realisation, but nevertheless I got there in the end.
I’m going through my reading and writing journey because I’ve found that these blog posts are a consequence of both. My ability to write something passable was my first hurdle, and then getting myself to read through everybody else’s was the second. When I started on my first SCAB I thought of it as quite a selfish task. What can I write about that will help me through the current crisis? What would be useful for me to read back over in a year’s time? However, I think the thing that has surprised me the most is how useful it has been to read over previous and current students’ posts. It was probably the most useful resource I used when deciding whether to apply to SCA. Looking back, it is also the reason I did so and why I went on to eventually accept the place. It has put my mind at ease on so many topics, from the interview day, to commiserating yourself if you don’t win a brief. I think we often think it’s only us that have these thoughts, and it comes as a great comfort to realise that that’s not the case. Never has it downplayed how hard this year is going to be though, so I think I need to brace myself for that. It has since been useful to slowly introduce everyone to each other. It is our first insight into what everyone else has been doing before SCA, whether it’s doing a ski season or finishing a Classics Degree. Of course I’m not going to remember which backstory belongs to whom but it’s a start.
I guess this is a bit of a love letter to SCABs, a sentence I never thought I’d write, for introducing me to SCA and hopefully helping me through the next year. May it be as difficult and arduous as so many have promised, but also as rewarding.