A bit of very welcome good news: after five months on my course I'm finally settling in, finding the right pace, and growing accustom to the British styles of education and speech. The best result of this is that I'm finally enjoying a taste of success in my work; I'm getting some good feedback from my lecturers; I'm able now to pay attention to the content of lectures instead of being distracted by not knowing for example what the heck 'naff' means (it means the opposite of cool, like 'dorky'); I'm able to contribute to my seminars with something meaningful rather than a pretentious look of actual incomprehension.
Normally I would hesitate to self-promote so shamelessly, but the fact is that I have, before now, been struggling through my coursework with some embarrassment. Chalk it up to any number of factors, but the point is that, in contrast with my previous hardships, my recent taste of success has been quite uplifting. So now I presume to share it with the world. (Crazy interweb!)