University’s like this little world, a bubble of time separate from everything before and everything after – Mhairi McFarlane.
I’m one of those graduates that shamelessly follows their university on all social media platforms. I love Roehampton. It was my life for four years and I have many incredible memories there, as well as lots of amazing opportunities in both work and play.
I am astounded to think that six years ago this Sunday, I arrived at the gates of Roehampton University – it became University of after I started – with my parents and moved into halls where I met my Newman 3 girls. It’s also crazy to think that some of these girls are engaged, have kids, have secured careers and (not so crazy) lead amazing lives of their own. A lot can seriously happen in six years.
I graduated two years ago (something else that I can’t get my head around, and probably never will even when I’m thirty) and I have to say, again, I loved every second of university: the highs as well as the lows, the amount of drunken antics at Bop on a Friday night alongside the very sober nights of working them too, the crazy late night cramming in the library, the books, the stories, the people and everything else that came with uni life.
I thought I would list the top ten things (there are many, many more than ten) in honour of freshers starting their university life everywhere.
The people. Roey people are the best. There’s no question. And even if you don’t get on with everybody… Who does?, they’re still the best because they chose Roehampton. Plus there’s that saying… It’s not where that makes it, it’s who makes it, and that is very true indeed.
The pre parties. Many a game of Ring of Fire, Ride the Bus and Never Have I Ever have been played in my various homes at Roehampton; from the floor of a bedroom, to a living room to LB4 “Penthouse”.
Frigby. “Froebel girls are illegitimate…”, “Digby til I die” and God knows what other chants. Frigby is still the only football I have ever attended, and come on, it’s blatantly the best. Where else are there going to be a massive water fight and cider blacks whilst football is playing?
The bar. Aka my second home. There was a point, and a long one at that, possibly all year, when if I wasn’t working there, I was drinking there, or just being there in general. That place has a lot of memories.
Bop. What is a Friday night without Bop? I had many a drunken night in Monte Hall, and a load of fits of giggles whilst working them too. I have to say, I wouldn’t go back because it wouldn’t be the same but I’ll never forget some of the crazy fancy dress outfits and the some of the most horrendous mornings after.
The closeness. People jumping in your bed to watch Big Brother, or on your bed to the sound of the Cheeky Girls, morning, noon and night, and you don’t care. In fact, you welcome it because that’s how close you become with these people. They’re your family.
Freshers Week. Everyone loves a good freshers week: a week long string of back-to-back activities that include a lot of socialising and drinking, at that bar that I miss. Every year, there are the classics, and sometimes something a little different.
The library. Crazy I know but where else could I find a load of books talking about Peter Pan?
The atmosphere. There’s something about recognising the majority of the faces you see. Plus, it is London’s best campus, don’t you know? A part of that is down to the crazy, tight-knit atmosphere.
Summer Ball. Pimms all day. Waltzers. Top musicians live. Friends. DJ sets. Silent Social. Hog roast. 5am survivors photo. Enough said.
There is no place like Roehampton and it has a very special place in my head and heart.
If you’re heading to university this year, you are in for a whirlwind of an adventure. Believe me, you think three or four years is a really long time. It’s not, especially when deadlines are looming. Embrace and cherish every second. Don’t regret the random nights out when your heads are banging, and stay on top of the work side. You are there to get a degree as well as have the time of your life.
What do you miss about your uni?
Love, Faye x