Here are 20 things I learnt at university (other than what I actually went there for) and out of everything, the one thing I am most grateful for:
1) The friends you make within the first month of university most likely won’t be the same friends you’ll hang out with in final year.
2) Laundry can be heavy if not done regularly.
3) It is absolutely acceptable to drink cheap wine as a student.
4) When sharing a cab with five people, paying anything more than £1.50 each is unacceptable.
5) If you can’t sleep in your friend’s rooms whilst they are not there, if you can’t steal their food and if you can’t wear their clothes and not return it for months – they’re not true friends.
6) Give everything you absolutely do not need to charity…bringing everything back home is a pain in the baguette.
7) Four years can go by fast. Don’t waste time.
8) Never buy textbooks. If you have a good library, they will have everything you need.
9) Saving money for a rainy day is an absolute must.
10) It is possible to make a meal out of anything!
11) Don’t trust people too easily. It may backfire on you.
12) Use the “but I’m a student” card a lot! It will save you a lot of money.
13) Four pints of milk will only last a day and a half, in a flat with five girls…especially if they are avid tea drinkers and one of them likes their tea with lots of milk and sugar (wonder who that could be).
14) Family and your best friends will give you the best advice and will always love you unconditionally.
15) Take pictures of everything.
16) Christelle hates hugs and may punch/tickle you if you hug her out of nowhere.
17) Charleen is the only person who will put on an Indian accent and pretend to be an old Tamil lady with you. “Ah, you know that Kamala son? He always with those nasty girls, that too in his mother’s car! Chiiii.”
18) Holly is an English rose, a proper lady, who can now make an authentic curry – wife material!
19) Shavel will offer everyone tea and when you say you would like one, she will say she “didn’t hear you.”
20) If you randomly make animal noises, crawl on the floor, dress up like a vagabond, put on strange accents and you still have good friends – you’re very lucky. If you find friends who do the same – you are blessed.
The one thing I am most grateful for and something I will always remember university for, is how it taught me that my passion and talents lie in cooking. I should have done a food-related degree or gone to culinary school, but if I didn’t go to university, I may have never found my true calling.
Now…I officially miss uni!