In the mid-1990s I went to university in Bristol. It was free, you even got a bit of money for going, and no one had an internet. It was a completely different time. A time when sociology degrees still meant nothing. A time when no one had mobile phones, and only drug dealers had pagers. But have things changed that much over the years? Or will new students definitely be falling into the same twatty manholes that shaped the adult I have become?
Here are some things that WILL/WILL HAVE happened to you. Tick them off as you go…
You attempted fusion cooking
When you first arrive at university, chances are that you’ve never once cooked in your entire life. Hence there’s a lot of guesswork and poking around toasters with metal forks going on. One of my early discoveries was that if you fried bread, it morphed from BREAD into FRIED BREAD. I fucking loved fried bread. To the point where I became world renowned for my “Fried Bread Fried Bread Sandwiches”, which consisted of one bit of fried bread ensconced between TWO. If people turned down the offer of one, I genuinely thought that they must have already eaten.
You got off with someone who just that very minute had been sick
Post-university: “Hey man, did that girl just spew? That is gross!” At University: “Hey man, did that girl just spew… whilst you were getting off with her… and then you carried on?” Yep, pretty much. Oh, and someone who isn’t you will have had a threesome. You will never have a threesome.
You boasted about how little work you ever did
In literally no other walk of life will you receive kudos for being completely unmotivated, and yet my university years were peppered with conversations about how little anyone had done, or how they just didn’t bother with lectures anymore. Granted, it was free back then, so you know. Fuck off. Stop pestering me.
You seriously misinterpreted fashion
The day I went to university was the day that my clothes stopped needing my mum’s seal of approval first. Turns out this was a poisoned chalice. When I got it right, I got it right. When I got it wrong, I was walking down the street wearing a full Kappa tracksuit and flip-flops. Like a twat.
Oh Jesus. You watched Gummo?
Fucking mainstream movies dude, they’re so corporate or political or something. Let’s watch fucking Gummo. The lesson here is that you should never watch Gummo. Not under any circumstances.
Months later, I lifted the lid for an inspection and immediately threw up directly into that wheelie bin. It remained for another few months.
Yeah, you slept on a mattress
Somewhere on the planet there is a pile of lonely bed bases, which became orphaned from their mattresses before they can even remember. It’s distressing. I slept on just a mattress for three years. I also once moved out of my bedroom on account of an ant infestation (I saw three ants). I relocated to the middle of the lounge, where I would often awake to find groups of strangers smoking pot and watching me sleep. True story.
Please say you moved a wheelie bin into the flat
This actually happened – in a moment which felt exactly like a flash of genius, I decided that it seemed silly to take bin bags to a wheelie bin, when you could simply pop the wheelie bin in your kitchen and deliver your mess straight into it. Months later, I lifted the lid for an inspection and immediately threw up directly into that wheelie bin. It remained for another few months.
You turned your bedroom into a “chill out room”
So you’re having a party, huh? You’ve got a DJ who is pure vinyl – he’s got fifteen records. This thing is going to be fucking wild. You know what you need? Somewhere to unwind. Somewhere where there’s reggae. Beanbags. Joss sticks. Some almighty cunt juggling.
You convinced yourself you had an STD
In the same way that if you say a single word enough times it ceases to have any true meaning, if you examine your dick for long enough, you start seeing welts and aggressive rashes. Despite being the least-sexed human being ever to go to a university, I one day decided that a perfectly usual discolouration on my penis was probably AIDS. Not content to do things the normal way, I sprinted to A&E and waited for nine days to see a quack. He prodded the cock, looked at me curiously, and told me that there was absolutely nothing wrong with it.
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