9 things university has taught me.

Well what a year, I cannot believe that first year is nearly over. As excited and happy as I am that summer is now on it’s way, I can’t help but feel a little downhearted that I won’t be living 0.23 seconds away from some of my favourite people in the world and that I won’t be living in the little “student bubble”.

Summer brings the real world, and work, and saving up again, so we can do the last year all over again in September, only this time with a little more sophistication and class that comes with us all being older and wiser obviously.

I have lots of wonderful things planned for the summer which I can’t wait to sink my teeth into (adventure one commences on the 25th May, stay tuned to find out!) but I sometimes wish I could live as a student forever.

University has been an eye-opening and wonderful experience which I feel very incredibly lucky that I am able to do, education is after all not offered to women all over the world, so to be able to study at such a prestigious institution and be a part of it is a great thing! Being in Glasgow (and out of my comfort zone) has taught me so much and why we should be proud to learn!

1. That’s cool to be smart. Maybe this was a noughties/teenties thing but sometimes in school, it’s not cool to be smart. It’s cool to be ditzy, blonde, a bit silly instead. NUH UH. Not the case out here, being smart is cool. Having interesting and intellectual conversations is cool. That doesn’t mean university students don’t like to laugh and chat about silly things, it just means you don’t have to feel insecure about being smart. It’s cool. Apologies for repetition of the world “cool”. I’m obviously lacking a smart and wide vocabulary lol.

2. You are probably not fussy eater. I used to be the worst, I didn’t eat much my mum would try and feed me. But after coming to university and realising how expensive food actually is and how boring the same thing can be time and time again, I bucked my ideas up and now there is pretty much nothing I won’t eat apart from mashed potatoes and I’m not too fond of tomatoes on their own. Apart from that, the world is literally my oyster.

3. You should never judge someone on how they portray themselves to the world. Just because someone has a “perfect” Instagram and has been on 18374 holidays to 284y5 different countries doesn’t mean they are happy. Yes they might have had better opportunities that you but that doesn’t mean they’ve had a better life than you. Plus you are only 18/19 you still got lots of time for opportunities.

4. The same applies to judging someone on where they came from. Doing that is just stupid because you are only going to miss out on a super person from somewhere different and end up with someone you don’t like just because they come from the same sort of background as you. My friends at university are a right mismatch of people from lots of different backgrounds and from all over the world but that doesn’t mean we don’t fit together. Plus with friends from all-over you can get lots of cool trips (ie. trip example no1: Wigtown Show in the Machars, August 2016).

5. You learn to create your own support network. I’m very close with my mum and I was terrified about the thought of not having her around every single day. Sure, I could phone and text her but it isn’t the same. My flatmates are pretty much like my Glasgow family and one of them said to me, “I don’t think of you as a friend, well I mean you are, but you’re more like a sister I don’t fight with.”

6. You learn to do you. University gives you lots of opportunities to meet lots of new people and discover lots of new interests, interests you might not have had access to before. Being around all these creative minds and creative juices gives YOU a chance to flourish and discover what you love.

7. Exercise is kind of easier and I don’t know how to explain this one. Maybe because everyone got fat together due to the alcohol intake and everyone decided to lose weight together and head to the gym? I regularly go swimming at my gym, sometimes I go to the actual gym and I used to do yoga before I stopped (clashed with something else and I was kind of lazy). Writing has always been a passion of mine and I’ve been able to advance on that aspect of my life due to my new situation and the opportunities offered by the uni.

8. Little things start to make you happy. Like a clean tea towel or Hellman’s mayonnaise or new shower gel. You don’t understand the struggle of tea towels unless you are a student.

9. You learn how to be happy when your skint and supposed to be studying. Getting up at university for a day generally excites me, whether that day be spent in class, in town with my friends pretending we can afford things in the shops, going out for food, going out for a walk, going for McDonald’s or just having a chill day where I binge watch one season of the Walking Dead in one day. Getting the bus into town and just having a wander around the Buchanan St lifts my mood due to all the buskers and window-shopping. I love going up to Ruchil Park to look out over Glasgow for the viewpoint. AND nothing makes me happier than a shopping trip to big Tesco with the gang. Such funsies.

May your studying go well and your exams be over quick!