Tuesday, 10 February 2015

'Typical Student' Things I've Never Done



When writing for students, it's all too easy for people to lump us all together, assume that all students are exactly the same and forget that actually student life can be hugely varied. While I love reading magazine articles, websites and blogs aimed at students, I often find myself struggling to relate to the stereotypical student that's portrayed. And actually, I don't think I'm a particularly unusual student. I do go out, I do live away from home and I do manage my lifestyle on a student budget rather than a working income. So today I'm breaking down those clich├ęs just a little and listing a few of the 'typical student' things that I've never actually done...

1. Eaten a Pot Noodle for dinner. I think I've had one, maybe two, in my life as it is. I find them disgusting - they don't even look like food to me! Cereal for dinner, yes. Baked beans on toast, yes. But never a Pot Noodle. 

2. Gone for a night out at the Student Union. Now I think this is mainly a Bristol thing. I don't know anybody here who does. Being a city university rather than a campus, the union is pretty out of the way, especially during first year when it's a couple of miles from most of the halls of residence. There are plenty of cheap clubs and bars that are easier to get to than the union.

3. Pulled an all-nighter in the library. Much like the Pot Noodles experience, I can probably count the number of times I've stayed awake til morning in my whole life on a single hand. I don't work very well in libraries, and I definitely don't work very well past about 8 or 9pm at night. So it's pretty obvious why working through the small hours of the morning isn't something I would do! Some people do thrive off the pressure of leaving things to last minute, but I'm very much a get the essay started ASAP kind of person.

4. Gone on holiday during reading week. Mostly because I don't get reading weeks. End of.

5. Gone a whole term without cleaning the kitchen/ bathroom. Anyone who's ever lived with me will know that I can be just a little obsessive about cleaning. But I always feel a lot better knowing that everything is clean! In fact, my uni kitchen is probably closer to spotless than my home one...

6. Had a free cheeseburger/ McFlurry from McDonalds. McDonalds is tucked miles away from the university precinct - plus their food is never very appealing to me. Especially when you spend all day learning about health and disease.

7. Visited friends at other unis. Even though I keep promising to do so! This is one thing on the list I really want to make an effort to do before we all finish uni. The trouble is that I spend at least  half the year having to travel back from placement on the weekend, plus the fact that our term times and exam times often clash. But I will make this work somehow!

8. Eaten breakfast from a saucepan. This is probably due to the combination of my obsessive kitchen cleaning meaning that there are always clean bowls, plus the fact that for two years we had enough crockery to serve a three course to meal to 12 people. I have, however, eaten my cereal out of a large mug when  my most recent hospital accommodation came with three bowls for a six-person flat...

9. A very Bristol-specific one this - I've never had a Donervan's. No real excuses here. I'll just hang my head in shame. I have had Arches pizza though if that even slightly makes up for it.

Which typical student things have or haven't been part of your university experience?
Jennifer
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  1. I've only done some of these haha.

    Pot Noodle/McDonalds: YES. Cleaning/saucepan breakfast: EW NO.

    Student Union: HELLS YES. Our uni's SU was (is) award-winning, so that was the best place to be! :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I think the SU is something I've really missed out on - there is no one place that everyone will be! xx

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  2. I've done some of these, but like you not all the "studenty" things - I have never eaten breakfast from a Saucepan, or pulled an allnighter in the library - plus I'm fairly clean so I like having things cleaned as well.

    I have been to our SU but it isn't that good so definitely not one to go to alot.

    Hannah xx

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    1. I'm starting to wonder if anyone's actually eaten from a saucepan! xx

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    2. I do unfortunately know someone who did...xxx

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  3. Yes don't go for the pot noodle ! There are far better foods out there :)
    I really miss uni so glad to have come across your blog to relive some memories

    Have a wonderful week
    With love from London,
    Hayley
    http://thelifestylemenu.co.uk/

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    1. I'd always rather cook than make a pot noodle!
      Glad you're enjoying the blog :)

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  4. Hmmm I love pot noodles and McDonalds hahaha :( I've never pulled an all nighter in my life though! I guess my student experience would be different to that in the UK/US in that I commute to uni, I've never lived in halls or colleges before!

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    1. I've had friends who commuted to uni and it's definitely got it's benefits :)

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  5. I've never seen anyone eat from a saucepan! I went to uni with someone who drank cocktails straight from one once though...I lived for the free maccies cheeseburgers though. I don't even like mcdonalds much now but I was gutted when my student card finally ran out! x

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    1. Cocktails from a saucepan?! Wow, that's definitely a new one for me! x

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  6. My union was THE place to be on a Friday and Saturday night. Granted I was at Newcastle Uni and they had some great club nights in the union but the rest of the week we spent clubbing in the cities clubs. So many fun memories! I never pulled an all nighter in the library either, then again I was there too much during the day!

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    1. Other unis seem to make their unions work a lot better by the sound of things. Haha, I hate ever being in the library, day or night!

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  7. Not sure if it's the same abroad, but in the US people start going out and partying on Thursday night. I never went out on Thursday in undergrad because I always had classes the next day. :/

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    1. In my first couple of years, people were going out pretty much every night of the week regardless of what was the next day! Nowadays it's like one Friday night out a month for me haha

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  8. LOVE this post! I have never had a pot noodle either, but you are definitely missing out on the free mcflurry aha! Would you mind if I did a post like this too? It's such a great idea!

    Abbie xx
    Another Student Blog

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! Yes feel free - and make sure to send me a link to your post because I'd love to know what typical things you have/haven't done :) xx

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  9. Apart from number 7 and 9, I'm exactly the same!! I think people just have bad perceptions of students but actually, we're not that bad! I really enjoyed reading this :) Great post xx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

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    1. I think student life is really changing as well - maybe it used to be more like the stereotype but actually we're a lot better than that! xx

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  10. Hahah I loved this post! I actually ate really well when I was a student, the thought of a pot noodle revolted me! I'm like you too, I can't stay awake to do work so I just start early and chip away at it :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. I put good food before most other things in life - plus I don't think I'd be very good at studying if I ate rubbish! Glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  11. I am EXACTLY the same!! & number 5 - theres student living.... and just plain dirty.
    www.luciaflorence.com

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    1. I'm glad that so many people have responded saying they're about the same! And believe it or not, I've met people who think that because they're students, they should have a dirty bathroom/kitchen?!

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  12. I love this post Jenny! :) I can honestly say I haven't done any of those either!! Just to let you know I've nominated you for a blogging award, the Liebster Award, all the information about it is on my blog for you.

    Danielle xx
    | Student to Staff Nurse |

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    1. Thanks for your comment :) I will go and check out the award! xx

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  13. I haven't done a lot of those things either -- cleaning and crockery are high on my priorities! But I definitely went to our student union. In fact my university had two (men's and women's waaaaaaay back in the day) and about ten bars between them, so it was a super fun night out!

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

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    1. I think it would be nice to have a union that everyone went to - yours sounds amazing! x

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  14. I feel the same way that you do about pot noodles and mcdonalds! I used to love McDonalds and used to have them WEEKLY (gives me the shivers thinking about it) and I put on so much weight! I know now how unhealthy they are, and haven't touched one in nearly a year!

    http://wonderfulandweirdbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk

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