Nights with housemates
After writing about ‘Freshers’ and ‘Days Out’ I think it is now time to tell you about my University experiences when it comes to making friends. Briefly reflecting on what I said on my first blog, it will be inevitable to feel nervous and have high anxieties when considering the possibilities of spending a year with a bunch of strangers. Honestly facing that challenge is not as difficult as what I first thought because the other housemates in your student housing will feel exactly the same as you. They may come across as confident individuals but deep down the butterflies will be swimming about in their stomachs.
However, the University of Bedfordshire has a natural friendly environment which helps considerably. In the first hour of meeting everyone in the student flat, my top tip would be to stay patient and suddenly the friendship will blossom. Some people tend to introduce themselves on Facebook once their student accommodation has been confirmed. One person could say that speaking on Facebook for the first time is a good idea. However, it might be better to wait and meet in person, you could get a more general and greater view of your flatmates.
On week one, my new flatmates and I all sat up till late in the night playing cards around the table, which created some hilarious memories for us all. We introduced new games to each other which got us all talking and helped create a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. During the evening we all announced our ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’, my terrible habit of leaving tissues around the flat has got much better... I think!
When we were not playing cards we would watch a film together, Disney’s The Sword in the Stone became our first flat film, followed by a ‘certain favourite situation comedy of mine’ that I will refrain myself from saying. Also, nights spent playing cards and watching films helped out financially as we did not go out much which saved us some money too, but our nights were still very much enjoyable. (YOU DO NOT NEED ALCOHOL TO HAVE A GOOD TIME!) I thought I would subtly drop that in.
It has got to the stage where we all know what each flat mate ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ are and sometimes it might be that just a few of you will prefer to do something together. That is another good thing, even though you might want to do things together as a group, there could be a flatmate that shares the same interests as you.
Posted on 15th April 2014 by Forrest Dunbar.
Forrest is a 1st year undergraduate staying at Liberty Park, Liberty Living's student accommodation in Bedford.