- The reality of a fresher living in halls
- First hand account of things that become apparent, annoying, part of life | opinions
I wanted to write this article to convey my feelings about the current halls I’m living in: Kirkstall Brewery. Within this article I wanted to vent my disappointment with halls in general so far, without targetting Kirkstall directly, which I felt would have been very unprofessional and unfair on them. So, I narrowed it down and spoke generally about experiences freshers face in their first year, and the realisations they have from moving into halls of residence.
I went to Kirkstall Brewery and photographed my house, flat and it’s contents, including my bedroom. These were to be used for the 10 points to reiterate what had been said through visual images. I was happy with my photographs and their technical aspects, also when taking them I took on board the thought of what each point would perhaps discuss and contain. I also used some student forums for past students who have lived in Kirkstall Brewery giving advice and their account of living there- which I found both informative and amusing!
Writing the article was quite enjoyable, I feel this has also taught me a lot as I have realised I need to drop thoughts that catchy, personal sentences are a ‘cringe’ and realise that it is what it is, without these journalism would be boring. I have perhaps been quite naive to Journalism, and am now starting to learn some basic aspects of what it’s like to use journalistic methods and structures within preparing for an article and towards the writing of it. I now know that structure and information are key to writing an article, and without them, you have no basis or focal point for an angle to the story. Similarly to the main article I wrote, I again found the editing and narrowing down my word count as near to 600 as possible a challenging process. Overall, I am happy with the final draft of my List Article and some of the wording used to relate to the target audience of students.
The time has come sooner than you could have imagined. Thrown out the back door of college along the conveyor belt of academia, next stop- university. During this hectic ordeal you are also expected to face independence. Sort out a place to live and manage your own money. Combined with the daunting thought of being away from home comforts- this can be an extremely overwhelming time for a student. Stood within the big gate to freedom and it’s at this time it sets in, when you’re in at the deep end and it’s too late to turn back.
Here’s an itinerary for halls, from a fresher on the front line.
10 THINGS YOU WON’T READ IN THE SMALL PRINT:
1. The price- Most university halls tend to have ridiculous pricing. For what you get- one room that’s yours. Make sure you research the pricings and look into the small print of your contract! Money is tight as a fresher, accidents happen, just make sure you cover your back and avoid being ripped off.
2. Your room- sitting on an old mattress viewing off-white clinical walls and standard interior of your room. This is where you spend the majority of student life. Doing work or attempting sleep, usually the latter. Either way- it’s yours, so try making it personal in a bid to stay sane within these four walls.
3. Location, location- Give this a good thought before leaping to any final decisions. Have a scope around surrounding areas on Google Maps or you could risk ending up stuck in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing worse than being trapped in a deadbeat area, bored and with no money to venture out.
4. Social fresher – Being a fresher is always glorified as a huge social time of your life. In actual fact, there are terms and conditions to this. Unless you comply fully with the norms of weeks of alcohol binging mayhem, you’ll have a bit more of a struggle. Freshers week is a must do experience!
5. Noise!- Noises come from every angle in halls. Especially when you’re trying to sleep at night. Slamming of fire doors or the vibrating of your room from someone’s bass hailing out sounds the floor below. The standard 4am post-clubbers chanting at the top of their lungs. Sleeping pills and earplugs are a necessity.
6. Flyers, ALWAYS Flyers! Shoved and scattered in a pile of hundreds every week under your door. Countless club night wristbands, local takeaway deals or an invite from the chaplaincy. Mounded up and slowly making they’re way to the kitchen. On the up side- you’ll never need to reach far for a takeaway menu!
7. Sharing- Space within most halls tends to be tight. Every bit of space seems to be too small and forever nearly stepping on each other’s toes on the manic shower run. Allocated half an empty shelf each in the fridge next to spilt milk is about as good as it gets.
8. Letters- The little post box to your flat, also comes with little shared key. Forever receiving ex-inhabitants mail and countless letters from the TV licensing agency hounding you “under inspection”. Sharing comes into the equation again and patience is needed for the countless time your housemate loses the key, yet again.
9. Fire alarms- Guaranteed at least once a week, the fire alarm WILL go off. Waking up to the deafening sound of the fire alarm and evacuated out of the building like a zombie into the cold, dark night. The aftermath being surrounded by other angry zombies and the guilty, giggling drunks. Never gets bearable either.
10. The kitchen- The freshers jungle, piled sky high with weeks worth of everyones stood washing up, beneath found plates that magically grow mould. This is probably the worst area for student neglect. If you want to stay moderately healthy within this alcohol fuelled period- bleach and rubber gloves are a must have!