Do some work, make friends, and don’t worry

May 02, 2013 10:06

University life is chaotic, challenging, and eye-opening.

With the exam season approaching there has been a shift to revision. Long nights beckon, but this time they will largely be in my room, and sober. I do not want £9,000 in tuition fees to go to waste.

Studying is an integral part of university, and its delights can only truly be understood by those who partake in this enlightening, yet time-consuming activity.

I assume that my experience is not entirely unique, and consequently I will not be delving into the immense pleasures of analysing 20th century legal theory.

My space here would be better used to make a few reflections on my first year. I wrote in my last column that there was more work than I predicted. The people are also not what I anticipated. Students are not all either progressive liberals or “elitist”. I mentioned before that students are expected to have an opinion on everything.

That does not actually mean they do. In fact, there is much apathy towards student politics. This can easily be explained.

It is difficult to justify a Student Union boycott of Nestlé when perhaps a Kit Kat is only just inside your budget, or forms an integral part of your diet.

There are more pressing issues, including job applications, volunteering and your next adventure back home. The fact remains, students are normal people. We have the same worries as everyone else. Yes, some are more sociable or opinionated than others, but so long as you make the effort, you’ll fit in easily.

The trick is not to worry too much. It’s easy to get caught up in the future. As one of my JSoc friends stated, we work hard now to work hard later.

There is nothing wrong with that, so long as you enjoy the ride along the way. I find that a meal provided by the JSoc chef is the best place to start.

Next year’s freshers should all be very excited.

May 02, 2013 10:06

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