Monday, 25 June 2012

A Weekend At Uni

A large proportion of our weekend was spent at Leeds University. On Saturday, we attended an open day with Daniel, who is now looking for a university place for when he finishes his A levels next year. We were back again on Sunday with Eleanor who was performing there in a charity concert.

It was quite a hectic day on Saturday as we rushed from one talk and tour to the next. Daniel's still unsure which subject he wants to study at university so we visited different departments to hear what's on offer, and he managed to gather plenty of information.

I have to say that I was very impressed with the university and all it has to offer, though as it's the first one we've visited, I don't have anything to compare it with yet.

Eleanor took part in a charity concert for The Rotary Club of Headingley with her drama group in The Great Hall, a beautiful gothic style building which is used for graduation ceremonies. She sang a solo, I Don't Know How to Love Him, as well as taking lead in I Have A Dream, and singing in the chorus.

It was a busy weekend, but very enjoyable.


  1. We'll be doing university tours in a few years - time goes so fast! A solo - talented girl.....proud mummy i am sure xx

  2. Glad to hear that you left with good impressions from the university and another proud parent moment or two with Eleanor on Sunday!
    Lisa x

  3. It can be a very confusing time trying to pick an university but the pieces will all slot into place in time.

    Well done Eleanor

  4. You must be so proud of Eleanor at the moment.. her singing really seems to be taking off! I hope that Daniel finds a uni that he really likes. It's certainly a time of big decisions. Jx

  5. What a proud Mum you must be, and what a glorious setting for a concert :D

    Good luck with the uni/degree choosing, been there and done that with my lot already!

  6. Glad that Leeds was impressive. KL is still adamant that she wants to go to Manchester, which suits us fine. Far enough away for her to feel that she's away, but not too far for visits. Eleanor is certainly doing well with her singing.

  7. You have had a busy weekend Jo, very exciting times for Daniel and some big decisions to be made............well done to your daughter too, 'I don't know how to love him' is one of my favourite show songs. x

  8. Spooky! We were at the open day on Saturday - I wonder of our paths crossed? I was very impressed too. Its his 1st choice so far.

  9. You must be so proud of your children and all that they are doing/achieving! Good luck with the univerity choosing.

  10. Well done mom. Not all children go University.

  11. Sounds like a good Uni to start off with - i wonder how others will measure up.
    Well done to Eleanor on her performances - you must feel so proud!
    Have a great weekend Jo!
    Gill xx

  12. Thank you for all your lovely comments.

    Grace - You'll be looking round universities in no time, time passes so quickly.

    Lisa - I'm always so proud when I watch Eleanor performing. She's auditioning for a part right at this minute, I hope she's doing well.

    The Cookie Jar - It's waiting for his results which is the real nail biting bit. I'm so hoping that he does well.

    Jan - I love listening to Eleanor sing. If nothing else, it's giving her so much confidence performing in front of an audience.

    Annie - It's a fabulous setting, isn't it? We're so lucky in this country that we have some wonderful architecture.

    Scarlet - Fingers crossed that KL gets an offer from Manchester. It solves so many problems when they know where they want to study.

    Lily - I love musicals, and like you, this is one of my favourite songs. Eleanor sang it lovely.

    Diane - Leeds impressed us too. We were the ones rushing from one subject block to the other. How easy it would have been if Daniel had made a decision about what he wants to study.

    Gillian - I'm very proud. It must seem years off choosing a university with your children being so young, but it was only a blink of an eye away that Daniel was that age, it creeps up on you.

    Ruth - Daniel isn't there yet. Still lots of study to do and exams to pass. Fingers crossed that he can do it.

    Gill - We were very impressed with Leeds. Others will have to be extremely good to measure up.

  13. Good luck with choosing a university! We were at that stage this time last year. We went to Durham's open day on the hottest day of the year - it was exhausting! But now all her offers are in and her decision has been made and our daughter has just heard which hall of residence she's going to be in, and it's all coming up very fast. Leeds wasn't on my daughter's list of choices, tho I did try to persuade her to apply, but I know the university through work and it has a fantastic reputation.

    The acoustic must have been wonderful for your daughter's singing in that venue. Those are challenging songs - more difficult than they sound. You must have been so proud.
    You can hear my daughter in the 2nd duet in the Bach 'Wachet Auf' in this selection of pieces from her school's orchestra and choir tour to Poland this year. (the Bach starts at 5.09)

  14. I was really impressed with Leeds, Linda, and so was Daniel, though we've got lots more to look at yet. It's all a case of getting the grades he needs, and getting an offer from whichever one he decides on, it's nerve wracking. The Great Hall was a fantastic venue and you're right, the acoustic was fabulous. I enjoyed listening to your daughter, she has a wonderful voice, I'm sure you're very proud of her.