What a fantastic day in Belfast on Saturday and it was great to meet so many wonderful people but I’m going to start this blog with how we arrived.
As ever, all invites had been sent, our advert was playing on your radio and instructions to reach us had been delivered. The last thing to sort out was ourselves! Karen, Mandy, May and I were traveling over from London airports to Belfast International on Friday evening so we could be fresh for the day on Saturday.
It wasn’t a smooth start to the journey for me in particular with a 45 minute delay on the Stansted Express and then an hour flight delay, but I was in good company so a bit of chit chat and duty-free shopping made for a quick wait.
Karen Ferguson (Head of Hypnotherapy) and I arrived in Belfast at about 6pm to meet our colleagues May Williams (Student Interviewer) and Mandy Martin (Counselling Tutor). We hopped into our cab and travelled into the city. Our extremely friendly and kind driver took us on a quick tour of the city centre – he knew our time in the city was limited but didn’t want us to miss some of the beauty. This I am so grateful for –hence the beautiful image below! The splendour of the city was second to none.
The evening was short for us but we had some delightful food in Cathedral Quarter then headed back for some shut eye.
The morning was relaxing as we ate and prepared for the day ahead. We arrived at Stranmillis University just after 9am. The drive up to the venue was stunning, the imposing beauty of the college was drenched in sunshine and we knew the day ahead was going to be good.
From 9.45am there was a steady stream of people filling the corridors of the venue, revelling in the sunshine and the excitement of their future. The presentations got underway on time by 10am and it was go go go until the end of the day.
Karen and Mandy had to don a couple of hats during the day as they finished their parts of the presentations they were joining me in the waiting area. May started her interviewing as soon as the first presentation drew to a close and the queue of people wanting to interview on the day was growing so I stepped in with my other hat for the day as interviewer.
Between May and I we tried to kept the wait time right down to a minimum for an interview and Mandy and Karen ensured that everyone else was cared for whilst waiting.
I was bowled over by the excitement in the rooms as prospective students learnt more about what they could be studying, how they could develop a career of their dreams and how much fun they could have doing it!
The sun kept shining all day, which I was informed was a rarity for the city! Smiles were kept as well and all that was left to say as we departed straight back to London was good luck all! It was fantastic to meet you and we look forward to our next visit.