First of all, thanks for leafing through the virtual pages of the LIVIC website. It’s my first edition as Editor, so I’ve been feeling the pressure a bit. To ease the tension, I’ve included a picture of me holding a koala, which was probably the smiliest I’ve ever been or will ever be. Please take a moment to enjoy the warmth and happiness that even a picture of these cuddly creatures instills in anyone capable of emotion.
If you’re new to Imperial; welcome! Here begins the time of your life (mainly because after this you’ll spend the rest of it chained to a soulless desk). But seriously, Imperial has tons to offer, contrary to popular opinion; after all, you are at the second best uni in the world (suck it Oxford). Make the most of it. Have a flick through these pages to get some ideas for the year ahead.
If you’re a returning student, lecturer, researcher, member of Skempton’s life support team; welcome back! I hope you had a great summer, and stocked up on enough happiness to last you through the term. If you didn’t, feel free to pop in to the LIVIC office, where I’ve installed a ball pit, a petting zoo and a trampoline covered in furry toys.
As you might have guessed from the pic, I spent a bit of time in Oz over the summer, so I’ve got to witness some pretty amazing CivEng structures and am feeling inspired (I’ve yet to see whether I can rescue the vestiges of my degree with inspiration alone). Whether it be the blistering bridges of Brisbane, the smooth silhouette of Sydney Opera House or the neo-gothic Cathedrals of Adelaide, it’s reminded me of the limits of alliteration, as well as what our profession can achieve. Go get ‘em!