We have talked a lot in our blog of the fun and social life and bits about our emotional life but Saffers was a whole life enhancing experience for me.
The first time I had lived away from home. Even though the all female college was thought stifling by some, I welcomed the more protected transition from home to the big, wide world. I suppose it sheltered us from the excesses of the sixties, as lived in the bigger metropolises, but some of the excitment of those times percolated through.
Do you remember the time we organised an informal debate between staff and students over coffee in the common room? This might seem tame, by today's standards, but it was quite a departure for Saffers and a blow for student lib. I realise that others were being more radical in their protests elsewhere in the country, but for young women only one step from being schoolgirls, this was quite a leap forward into adulthood.
For me though, it was the broadening of my mind that was the biggest thrill and my final year at college was a most amazing experience. It seemed to me that the previous two years of floundering and indecision crystalised into a realisation that anything was possible, if you were prepared to embrace it.
So then I left college and went out even further into the wide world and it bit me! But now at the other end of my careeer, having retired, I feel those possibilities opening up again if I am prepared to embrace them and I might not have that understanding if I hadn't been for good old Saffers.