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Coming Up Roses: University Tips from ‘Schitts Creek’

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

Hi guys,

I hope that you’re all doing well. 

Recently, my Mom and I have been binging ‘Schitts Creek’ on Netflix. I don’t know why we didn’t start sooner to be honest. I think it’s a wonderful show that is both funny and full of heart. Since OurWarwick is a site for perspective students, I thought that it would be fun to share a few tips for university newcomers written through the lens of the show.

Don’t be afraid to stand out

One of my favourite things about ‘Schitts Creek’ is the fact that Moira (Catherine O’Hara) isn’t afraid to be herself. Even though she is no longer amongst the high society that she once knew, she still dresses in the same way. Of course, her outlandish outfits look out of place in Schitts Creek but she doesn’t care. She dresses how she feels most comfortable and is happy to do so. This can also be applied to university. If you’re worried about not fitting in, please don’t. It’s normal to be worried about the prospect of making friends but it is so much easier if you just be yourself. I can guarantee that you’re much more more likely to find your tribe this way. You really don’t want to spend the next three years in a friendship group where you don’t feel comfortable.

Step out of your comfort zone

Over the course of the six seasons of ‘Schitts Creek’, it is fair to say that the Rose family find themselves in many situations that they are not used to. However, they ultimately decided to embrace these instances and are usually better off for it. Jazzagals, anyone? University is the perfect time to step outside of your comfort zone, just like the Roses. It doesn’t even have to be anything major. Whatever you feel brave enough to do is more than enough. Just try saying yes- you never know what you might discover.

Be a good human

I think, if the Rose family learn anything over the course of the show, it’s how to be good humans. They realise that the world doesn’t revolve around them and also learn what it means to be a family. At the start of the show they can’t think of anything worse than hard work. By the end, they’ve helped out the majority of people in the town in some capacity. I’m in no way suggesting that you should put the well-being of others above yourself, but do try to be a good human whilst you’re at university. Especially in Freshers Week, keep an eye on your fellow course mates. Chances are, they’ll be feeling exactly like you do. Remember, it’s cool to be kind.

There you have it, university tips straight from ‘Schitts Creek’. I hope that this post has been fun to read, it was fun to write! Do you like ‘Schitts Creek’? Let me know in the comments below!

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

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