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At 9/11/11 04:29 PM, SomaGuye wrote: how much did you guys usually spend.
I still live at home and mooch off my parents. I'm living the dream. Chances are that I'm literally going to finish university debt free. Tuition fees for Scottish students studying in Scotland are paid for by the government and I stay at home like I previously said, so have no accommodation costs.
Might sound alright, but it does mean having to travel to campus on a daily basis and then being stuck there for 8 hours before I can get a bus back home.
I only bought one textbook, and that was for a module that I started during week six.
But that said I did Computer Science, which is heavily fact-driven and well documented online. If I were doing, say, a politics degree, I imagine I would have to buy a lot more textbooks and things.
Anyway, as far as money goes my parents covered my rent, I bought all food and booze (and in 2nd + 3rd years bills). I'm from a wealthy family so no means tested grants or anything, just the standard ~1.2k per term maintenance loan, which I used plus a bit each term. I had some savings from before uni that I dug into, probably spent 1k extra each year?
University costs as much as you allow it to cost. I've heard uni being called the great equaliser, because no matter how much money you go into your first year with, you end up with nothing. I went into uni six hundred pounds in the black before my maintenance loan came in, and by easter first year I was in my overdraft.
Don't worry too much about money. If you spend it quickly you'll just have a very quiet and slow second semester. If you are very reserved you'll just have a slightly more expensive second semester.
5k per year is masses while catered, even if you were self-catered (I spent about £20 per week on food). Save as much as you can for rainy days because no-one likes the guy who's like "I can't come out this week because I have no money".
Well, off to bed in preparation for my 6:30am wake up. It feels pathetic going to bed this early. How many hours of sleep do you guys live on?
About seven hours or so. Working Friday - Sunday, I scheduled my classes for the afternoon and early evening on the week days, which allows me to keep my night owl habits and still get a good sleep.
If life gives you lemons, read the fine print; chances are, there's a monthly fee attached.
At 9/11/11 07:10 PM, SomaGuye wrote:At 9/11/11 05:21 PM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote: (I spent about £20 per week on food)I don't even buhwuh
maybe a little more, but no more than £30. A big bolognese doesnt cost more than a tenner (and thats with reasonably decent ingredients) and can feed you for four or five nights.
that figure doesn't include like when i got takeaway or anything though
At 9/11/11 07:48 PM, SomaGuye wrote:At 9/11/11 07:16 PM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote: that figure doesn't include over half of my food intake though.Leo you are increidibly useless how did you ever find a job.
i didnt get takeaways that often
only like idk two fifteen inch pizzas a week
So, my school has its own magazine and its pretty wild. I saw one of their covers and was immediately like, "Does this thing have porn in it?" Lol.
Pretty stressed at the moment, heading in to my third year (ish) at uni and currently holding down 6 shifts a night serving and bussing. Toss in a girlfriend and suddenly I have no time to do anything anymore. Hitting one of those mods where i'm not really seeing a purpose or an end game
Slept through my alarm and woke up with only 10 minutes to get ready and leave in time to catch the bus. Great start to the first day back.
A story, utterly true, called
The Case of the Missing Roommate.
Ah, the start of the school year. The nervous eye of the storm before the inevitable outbreak of chaos and drama; yet there's something different riding in the winds this year, a more ominous presence than the wide-eyed innocence of 2010.
There are many obvious differences in my own life. The first being that I have friends and a girlfriend; how I managed this feat is beyond my own comprehension. The second being that I somehow found myself working two jobs, another very uncharacteristic behavior. But the third difference is even more palpable than the first few; I'm living in a two bedroom on campus.
There are two rooms in this dreary beat-up apartment building. The carpet stained with the memories of parties long past, and of fluids both unnatural and bodily. Cupboards perched about the kitchen are subtly agape, unable to close after over twenty years of use and abuse. And a broken couch faces the three-point living room window. Move in day was quite simple, I assessed the ridiculous amount of damage, wrote the necessary forms of complaint and spent about an hour or two unpacking all my boxes. All under the impression that the room was vacant, empty, and according to the U of C website without another roommate.
But yes, I have a roommate.. or at least technically. His existence is still in question.
A day after move in, I did my daily rounds on the internet only to discover the following under my residence application
OL-205A -- puremath8192 (Sep-07-11 - Apr-27-12)
The first set of numbers and letters indicate my room, and the following bit is the username of the new roommate and his move-in/move-out dates. puremath8192, Age 25. A quick review of his profile revealed he has no interests, aside from classical music. Everything was right down the middle; non-smoker who doesn't watch television or movies, dislikes friends and doesn't drink, and spends most of his time in the library or reading. My asian-radar was going insane at this point, but surely he wouldn't be a problem. A much better roommate than the average bro-idiot foaming at the mouth for tits, beer and flippy-cup..
I decided to head down to residence services, as it was already the 11th of September and four days after this mysterious individual's move in date.
"What room are you in?" the kindly bearded gentlemen in full blown argile looked up from the blue glow of his computer screen.
"Olympus Hall, 205"
".. huh.." he blinked inquisitively, "it seems your roommate has already checked in".
A young bespectacled strawberry blonde leaned over towards the screen "Is his name like.. international-y sounding-ish?"
The argile donning man shook his head at her, and glanced up back at me. "Nope.. seems normal."
They agreed with me that it was somewhat spooky that I haven't seen this individual, or any trace of him all weekend long. You'd think he would move everything in the weekend before classes, but no, nothing. Not a pair of shoes or a box of Pizza Pops. I made a crack that it was beginning to sound like a Stephen King novel, and went on my way.
I spent the night at my parents house, and drove back in the morning before classes. As I slid the electronic key in to the slot, a chill swam up my spine. Something was amiss, I could feel it. I swung the door open and immediately scanned the floor for a pair of shoes.. nothing. I peeked in to the living room and saw everything the way I left it. I heaved a sigh and went in to the kitchen for a granola bar. That's when I saw it.
An ancient toaster oven, encrusted with the charred remnants of bread and tomato paste. Surely not a strange sight, but sitting adjacent to my OWN toaster oven (a brand new Black And Decker Classic Line) it looked quite out of place. I decided to investigate the house further for any signs of life and found only a single roll of toilet paper in the second bathroom. Puzzled, I flipped open the mirror cabinet expecting to find a toothbrush or a razor.. nothing. Perhaps he has dentures at 25, I thought. Perhaps he simply hasn't moved all his things in, I mean, it's only the first day of school and he's only had 5 days to move in.. plenty of people who listen to classical music and read all day are chronic procrastinators...
A spark went off in my brain.. THE FRIDGE. Of course! No single human being can survive without subsistence, he must've brought something. After a quick scan of the empty a slightly agape cupboards, I opened the fridge door.. this is what I saw.
A jar. Lid slightly at wedge, full of what I could only assume to be milk. On the bottom shelf sat a very asian China-bowl adorned with flowers and dragons, and the contents were some sort of murky, chunky gruel-like substance.
Yes, roommate brought no food, no shoes, no bathroom supplies, no soap, no DVD's or a TV or movies, no posters or personal knick-knacks... but he did bring a jar of milk and a toaster oven from the late 1800's. A 25 year old mathematician whose only sole possession is a jar with which he drinks his milk. No dirty glasses, no dishes, no coats or sweaters, just this jar.
His door, dimly lit, beside me own. Perhaps he's home? Do I risk knocking on the door? The contents of the room remain hidden behind the oak and electronic lock, but undoubtedly he managed to move in the remains of the people he cut up sometime late last night. Surely he has to come home sometime tonight.. And unfortunately, your terrified narrator may not live to write the next chapter..
Canas, you are awesome. If I wasn't sitting in a public place right now I think I'd be crying with laughter. I had to hold back the laughter and even felt slightly awkward grinning at a screen, but it was worth it. I eagerly await the follow-up.
At 9/13/11 06:58 AM, Dean wrote: Canas, you are awesome. If I wasn't sitting in a public place right now I think I'd be crying with laughter. I had to hold back the laughter and even felt slightly awkward grinning at a screen, but it was worth it. I eagerly await the follow-up.
Haha thanks Dean, i'll write a good second follow up once I have the time and once more goes down. Here's a small smalllll preview, and I have another few exciting stories involving a possessed iPhone and how I managed to report a crime in progress and the strange turn of events that followed. If I ever get a day off work here i'll grind it out
I came home after work last night to find a pair of tattered running shoes, not dissimilar to the kind of kicks you may see on the bottom end of a transient. Grey and stained, the logo so tattered and frayed I couldn't tell if they were Nike's... or new balance.
Still haven't met him and he still hasn't bought any food in to the house. Not only that, but he drank my entire two litre of milk in a matter of days, as if I wouldn't notice
Things you'd never thought you would be doing in college: Holding a piece of wood that has over 100 bees on it. I'm terrified of the little things, too. It's been an interesting day...
Great day today.
First, next semester I'll be able to tutor part time, giving me an on-campus job dealing with my major.
And I just found out that with 17 -18 credit hours per semester, I can graduate in four years with a double major, and knowing a second language. If I really put my nose to the grindstone and take 18 honors credit hours and take on an honors project, I can graduate with honors.
If life gives you lemons, read the fine print; chances are, there's a monthly fee attached.
So, instead of studying or socializing, I just spent 20 hours of the last week playing Paper Mario on the N64 all by myself in my dorm room. I think I'm living the college life the wrong way....
I get told who's in my group for the big year long project tomorrow. Aside from myself, there will be 5 or 6 other group members. Quite looking forward to finding out who I get to work with and hopefully making a few extra mates out of this. At the same time it is a little verve racking because I have no idea how contributive these people will be.
Still, will be good to get to know someone people in the class that I'm not all that familiar with, unless I happen to get put in a group full of people I already know.
At 9/15/11 06:03 PM, Dean wrote: I get told who's in my group for the big year long project tomorrow. Aside from myself, there will be 5 or 6 other group members. Quite looking forward to finding out who I get to work with and hopefully making a few extra mates out of this. At the same time it is a little verve racking because I have no idea how contributive these people will be.
Hope you get a better group than I had for my first big project.
Was supposed to be six of us. One guy never showed up to a single session, one guy sit and do nothing, and then leave after half an hour, one girl would wander off and just chat with her friends unless constantly nagged to do something and one guy just wasn't very bright and wasn't able to do much, which left me and one other guy to do basically everything.
Was ridiculous come final presentation when there were only 2 of us presenting everything, as the others hadn't shown up, had refused to stand up to present it, or in the case of the girl in our group, had ran out of the room prior to our slot.
At 9/15/11 06:13 PM, TheMaster wrote: Hope you get a better group than I had for my first big project.
Well, most of the people in the group are people that I've at least spoken to before, with the exception of one who I get the impression might be a French student studying in Scotland for the year or something. There was a hint of French in her accent.
They all seem like decent people. I don't get the impression that any of them are going to be free loaders and they all have a pretty positive attitude in general, so they seem like the kind of people I'd want in my group.
At 9/16/11 02:32 PM, Dean wrote: They all seem like decent people. I don't get the impression that any of them are going to be free loaders and they all have a pretty positive attitude in general, so they seem like the kind of people I'd want in my group.
I give it 2 weeks before you find out how lazy/incompetent they all are.
At 9/16/11 03:22 PM, NEVR wrote: I miss university. I want to go back.
You are more than welcome to come hop on a plane and visit me in Oxford, Ohio. I'll get some extra blankets and pillows for you to sleep over.
At 9/16/11 03:51 PM, ZJ wrote:At 9/16/11 03:22 PM, NEVR wrote: I miss university. I want to go back.You are more than welcome to come hop on a plane and visit me in Oxford, Ohio. I'll get some extra blankets and pillows for you to sleep over.
Thanks for the offer, but right now I can't afford shit. I've got pay day coming up on the first of the month, but all that money will be gone pretty much as soon as I get it.
The horrors of the real world boys and girls :(
Well ive seen this little club before, but i didn't join it cuz i was being a lazy fuck. Anyways... I'm a freshman in college. I'm going to be majoring in Human Biology and go into Pre-Optometry. I am attending the University of California, Merced. (its the new one. It opened in 2005.) It is very small, which i love. And it is already well known for it's school of biological sciences.
Maybe next semester I can finally start with my diploma thesis. I have some interesting topics in mind, hopefully everything turns out well. I am currently in my 12th semester, so next semester obviously will be the 13th. That's one semester longer than I actually hoped I would need for my studies. :(
At 9/16/11 03:19 PM, SomaGuye wrote: I give it 2 weeks before you find out how lazy/incompetent they all are.
Thankfully I've worked with some of these people before on smaller projects and know that they're not really the sort to do that. I'm sure everyone will lose enthusiasm at some point but at the same time everyone knows how important this project is, they're paying to be at university and should hopefully not mess around.
Oh and I have Monday off because it's an Edinburgh holiday. YAY!
I barely moved into my university today. And I start class on Thursday. I was just wondering if anyone else still hasn't started college since it feels so weird starting this late. Most of my friends who went to different colleges started a while ago.
At 9/18/11 01:45 AM, ngfan14 wrote: I barely moved into my university today. And I start class on Thursday. I was just wondering if anyone else still hasn't started college since it feels so weird starting this late. Most of my friends who went to different colleges started a while ago.
Which classes are you taking?
I'm taking Chem1, Calculus w/ Precal review, Writing 10 (advanced english), and Computer sci 15