The University of Bristol’s Arts and Humanities building bore witness to truly heart-breaking scenes today as one student bid farewell to her newly appointed lecturer. Michelle Edwin, 20, met the professor with a warm and meaningful embrace at the end of the lecture, signifying her intention to never return.
The Whip caught up with the first year to discuss the rationale behind her actions. “It wasn’t a decision I took lightly” explained the emotionally charged fresher, who made sure to emphasise just how taxing a farewell of that magnitude can be on the soul.
Later on, it was revealed that the main motivation for the decision was grounded in the strain on individual autonomy that making it to a lecture generates. “Free will is something that is important to me. I refuse to jeopardise it, even if that means missing my 11am lecture on a Monday” Ms. Edwin remarked passionately.
The dramatic farewell had a sobering effect on those present, with many Arts students already struggling with the immense pressure that comes with the mild responsibility of attending a few hours of university per week.
“The unspoken understanding between the two parties was readily apparent to any of us who were present at the time” claimed one of Michelle’s fellow English students.
This is just one of many examples of students engaging in the battle for the protection of their autonomy by rejecting the timetable impressed upon them by the university. In an age where work will absorb your own time greater than a black hole absorbs light, perhaps it is a battle worth fighting.