“I’ll never do that”: A Story of Things You’ll Definitely do at University
We’ve all heard the myths and crazy stories about the ‘typical fresher’ and although you’re excited for the nights out and the new flatmates, you vow that you’ll never become the typical student that adults always mock. Unfortunately, you will.
What you plan to do: Budget carefully, keep a diary of everything you spend and make sure you don’t go on nights out when you can’t afford it.
What you actually do: Start the year budgeting, forget about it, end up spending more than you intended on Domino’s pizza to cure the Smack hangover.
What you plan to do: Prepare fresh food for most of the week (freezing the leftovers) and cook a nice meal with a flatmate once a week.
What you actually do: Panic for the first term, end up eating frozen meals from home every day for a week, bulk buy pizza and pasta bake mix from Tesco.
What you plan to do: Attend every lecture, do the recommended reading the night before and write up notes afterwards.
What you actually do: Begin the term doing the above, accidentally leave Kasbah at 5am before a 9am lecture, pretend to have forgotten about it and vow to catch up on the lecture during the day. (You won’t).
What you plan to do: Dedicate a certain amount of time wearing jeans etc, do a load of laundry at the end of each week.
What you actually do: Wear everything an unlimited amount of times, run out of clothes, beg each flatmate to put your stuff into their washing machine; resulting in you losing at least 3 socks and gaining a pair of theirs.
What you plan to do: Carefully choose one or two nights out per week, base your alcohol intake on the amount of lectures you have the next day, take lots of fun pictures with your flatmates!
What you actually do: Get persuaded into five nights out, insist on only drinking a bit, getting incredibly drunk and insisting that one more shot won’t hurt. (It will).
But despite turning into the most typical example of a student, I can guarantee everyone does it and you’ll have the best year ever because of it!