Today is the last day of my penultimate term at university, and as I’ve said, that’s terrifying. The funny thing is, of all the things I’ve learned at university, I still don’t know how to properly write an essay. Or, at least, in my opinion.
To be fair, essays and mathematics don’t tend to go hand-in-hand in general, we’re all about calculations and reports. Essays are a whole new ball park, so writing a history of mathematics essay due this week was an interesting experience, to say the least. I got there, and I think I did alright with it, but only time will tell.
This realisation, however, has prompted me to reflect on what I HAVE gained from University (excluding maths, obviously. I’ve learned lots of that.)
So, here we go, top five, non-academic, lessons I’ve learned at University:
5. How to make pasta 1,001 different ways. Everyone jokes that all students eat is pasta, but we do eat a lot of it… It’s cheap, it’s quick, you can make it even when you’ve got practically nothing in the cupboard. Nicest way I’ve had it? Bacon and veg carbonara. Trashiest way I’ve had it? Cheese and bean pasta. Weirdest (and yet strangely good)? Sweet chilli tuna. Laziest? Just cheese.
4. I can’t have energy drinks. Anything with a caffeine content stronger than milk and I twitch like I’ve just been plugged into the mains. Okay, so that’s an exaggeration, but seriously, can’t handle energy drinks. You hear stories of students brewing coffee with monster and staying up for three days to do an assignment. Not me. I’ve just learned a lot about sleep deprivation…
3. It really does matter whether you split colours and whites. I didn’t learn this until second year. I spent all of first year throwing everything in one load and that was it. No issues. Then in second year I did the same, again and again, no problems. No problems, that is, until the fateful day I put my brand new MAROON uni branded hoodie in without thinking… I’ve now got some beautifully pink t-shirts. Oops.
2. University isn’t easy and that’s okay. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again; things aren’t always easy at uni. Sometimes it’s hard, really hard. It’s okay. You’ll get through. It’s just about good friends, and talking to the right people at uni, communicating with your department. Comfort food, and a trip home helps too.
1. How to make a costume out of anything. Mainly cardboard. This year I’ve been a pylon, Mr Bump, a bird, and Santa’s nice list, to name a few. All of those were constructed with cheap coloured card, permanent markers, string and staples. You think that sounds pretty good? My housemate/best friend is the QUEEN of making her own fancy dress. Last year she made herself a pterodactyl costume. I needn’t say anymore, your jaw should have just hit the floor with how impressive that is. It’s her super-power. Have you learned any interesting, non-academic lessons at uni? Comment below.
Until next time, when I’ll fill you in on behind-the-scenes of rugby varsity, all the best.