The holidays are almost over, and like most 17-18 year olds who’ve finished their final year, the reality of starting university is beginning to dawn on me as results day draws closer - it’s no longer just something we talk about, and the thrill of joining over 25,000 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students at UofG is intimidatingly exciting.
For someone who considers themselves ‘selectively social’, moving from the Northeast of England to a place where I currently know nobody was a bold move. But I chose the prestigious University of Glasgow as it ranks among the best in the world, has some outstanding alumni, including Father of Economics: Adam Smith (which of course, for an Economics and Business student was an enticing quality) and boasts one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen.
As a young LGBT Sikh from a small village, the city of Glasgow offers so many great qualities. It was named the most vegan-friendly city in the UK by PETA which is music to my ears for a health-conscious vegetarian foodie like me - meat-free haggis anyone?
Freshers' also looks like a brilliant opportunity to network and make friends outside of my residence of choice (Wolfson Hall) and to get a fun perspective of historic Glasgow. I should hope to see many of you fellow students helping me celebrate my birthday on the 15th September!
I always imagined the experience to be similar to an American teen movie or show, complete with beer-pong from red solo cups and jocks drinking from a keg-stand. But this is materialising into more of a fantasy and looking less realistic as September is fast-approaching. As much as there are new experiences to look forward to, there are just as many all of us are secretly dreading.
The responsibility that comes with the independence of my own budget for two semesters weighs heavily on my mind. Long gone are the days where my #OOTD was my primary concern.
Has anyone else heard the horror stories of fraternity and sorority hazing? And what about the thought of having to share a shower with complete strangers? It’s enough to give anyone nightmares.
However, while this is making me apprehensive, it’s all a part of the university experience, and I think the good definitely outweighs the bad. We’re probably all in someone’s Mean Girls’-style Burn Book and yes, our flatmates might not be to our choosing. But I’m ready to embrace this and focus on getting that First degree while making the most of the experience by signing up to those crazy societies and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.The beauty of being a Freshman is that you have so much potential and meet so many new and diverse people.