My First POP! – OurWarwick

My First POP!

Sophie Miller | English Literature and Creative Writing Contact Sophie

I’m a bit of an anomaly amongst first years in that clubbing has never been my thing. In fact, I’d never stepped foot inside a club before… until last week. I get tired really easily, which is kind of a problem in terms of nights out, and I don’t particularly like crowds either, so going out all the time has never appealed to me. My flatmates have been trying to persuade me all year to go just once, but I kept saying no – I couldn’t understand how they could go out and then drag themselves out of bed to go to lectures the next morning (or not drag themselves out of bed and not feel guilty about it), but I figured now that exams are over and I don’t have any need to get up in the morning, maybe I should try it, just once…

So I went to Pop.

For those of you that don’t know, Pop is held every Wednesday in the SU and is all about the cheesey pop songs that we know and love. It’s one of the most popular SU events and there are a lot of people who go every single week without fail. The big advantage of Pop when you’re a first year is that it’s right on campus so you don’t have to pay for travel and if you get tired, you can leave whenever you want and stumble home safely without being in the middle of nowhere. Plus, it feels a lot safer because you know that everyone there is a Warwick student and, despite the fact that there are 25,000 of us, you are bound to see a few familiar faces (even if you soon lose the ones you came with in the crowds). To quote my flatmate: "Pop is the place where you see everyone you’ve ever met since Freshers other than the people you came out with". And that’s pretty much true. You can try and stick together with your friends, but the sheer amount of alcohol consumed by most there means that it’s easy to get distracted as your friends float away in the crowd – but you can usually find them again soon enough if you try!

So, last Wednesday, after downing a lot of alcohol to drown out my anxiety (I’m not a big drinker, and several people go to Pop completely sober, but my flatmates were very persuasive with the alcohol) I went to Pop, and surprisingly really enjoyed it! I had a lot more fun than I expected to, and ended up staying all the way to the end, coming back home in the early hours of the morning (still very drunk – my flatmate had to put me to bed). I’m really glad that I plucked up the courage to try it out, as it was definitely a worthwhile experience. I’m not about to suddenly transform into the kind of person who goes out several times a week, but every so often is fine. Even if it did take me a whole year at university to get there, I’m glad I got there in the end!

This week I ventured even further and went out again, this time to Kasbah in Coventry (where I gleefully went around telling people very loudly "This is my first Kasbah!!!!"), but that’s a whole other story…

Sophie Miller | English Literature and Creative Writing Contact Sophie

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