When someone says the word ‘Party’ to me, I recoil like a vampire in sunlight (and occasionally hiss like one too, but only if I have had too much sugar that day). I, to the disappointment of many of my friends, am not a ‘party animal’. I don’t drink, I don’t like loud music or dancing and I’m not too fond of strangers getting too close. I’m a pretty boring person in that respect. Now bear with me, I’m not using this blog to moan about all the ‘youths’ and their ‘bad habits’. Some people enjoy doing all those things and if you do, I’m not going to hold it against you. People are all unique.
See? That’s the point I was trying to get to (whilst moaning at the same time. Multitasking!) One of the most exciting (and most terrifying for some) aspects of Uni life is all the different people they will meet. I’ve met a crazy amount of people whilst here in Portsmouth, and all of them are unique in their own way. Did you know that before I came to University, I had never been friends with a person who wasn’t British? In fact, I don’t think I had a conversation with someone from a far and distant land (aka beyond the British Channel) which lasted more than a few sentences. Within my first week of coming to Portsmouth I found myself having dinner (rather uncomfortably) with someone from Romania. At that point, I don’t think I could have found Romania on a map (geography isn’t one of my strong points) and suddenly she was sat next to me. I coped in my normal usual way, I made as little conversation as possible, and nervously chewed on my pizza whilst she made conversation with other people on my table but I’ll never forget that experience. Nowadays, she lives with me in the same house and steals pizza off my plate, so you could say I got used to being around her.
I guess what I’m trying to say, in a long and rambley sort of way is that you, potential university student (or whoever is reading this), are going to meet a lot of new people. Not only at Uni but throughout your life. Even if you don’t want to and try to hide in your room all day. I’ve been there. You run out of food eventually. You might find it hard at first, I went through my first semester thinking I wouldn’t make any friends and you might meet people you don’t like, but don’t feel disheartened. Just think of me, socially awkward guy on gaming course. I now have friends who accept my grumpy ‘stay inside and read a book’ nature. They are from lots of different countries, some like to party, some are quiet, some are tall, some are short but they all accept me for me and they make Uni all the better because of it. Also one of them is Maria who does the blog next door, so go check it out! (it’s almost as good as mine!). University is about learning and growing as a person and not just about ‘doing the work and getting a job’ despite what some people say. My experiences with my friends have given me some stories which I can tell and laugh about for the rest of my life. Also, as a bonus, I can now tell you where Romania is on a map!