I saw this posted by Nilsa at Somi Speaks and thought I’d do it myself.
1. Where did you go to college?
I went to university in the UK and the US. Here it was Lancaster, for my first and third years. In the US I was at the University of Maryland, College Park. Go Terps!
2. What did you study?
I did the amazingly useful American Studies. Hence the year in the US. I actually really enjoyed my course. It was all literature and history and film and politics, and other than the boring Puritans bit it was mostly quite interesting.
3. Was college really all that it was cracked up to be?
I loved my time in Lancaster. Really loved it and if it were possible to go back in time and do it all again I would, right now no questions asked. The university was small, and a campus with individual colleges. I was in Fylde. It really fit me, and I knew as soon as I went on a visit that I wanted to go there. I just had the best time, with no real responsibilities, surrounded by friends and able to sleep in pretty much whenever I wanted. What’s not to love? My second year in the States was harder. I lived with five other girls, all in their third or fourth year, and they already had their friends group sorted and there wasn’t much room for me. Once we got past the initial ‘Say this word with your amusing English accent’ there wasn’t much to talk about. And the whole roommate thing is weird. Mine was very lovely and we got on well for the most part, but no matter who you are, spending so much time with someone who is basically a complete stranger is wearing. There’s nowhere you can go that’s just yours, a space you can escape to. Instead you have to keep calm when they’re up til the early hours tapping on their computer, or when there’s a stand off over who should clean the bathroom. Give me my tiny single room in Lancaster any day.
My second semester in the US was much better than the first. I was taking classes I really enjoyed and had made some good friends (all British) and had people visit me, so it got easier.
4. How far were you from home?
A couple of hours at Lancaster. 3000 miles and a five hour time difference when in the US.
5. Did you have the same roommates all four years?
I only had a roommate in the US. One year was enough thank you. At Lancaster a lot of the people who were in my block in the first year were back in the third year, or close by, so there were familiar faces.
6. Where did you order food from at 2AM?
Er…I didn’t. I’d go to late night at the dining hall but I don’t think it went on that late. Being so close meant I’d rock up in my pjs and get a milkshake or something else disgustingly unhealthy. I put on the ‘freshman 15′ and then some. Yeesh. Not cooking for yourself is dangerous.
7. Did you date in college or were you tied down?
There was boy drama in my first year, but it wasn’t serious, more silly frankly. I went on one date, when I was in the US, the second in my whole life, and just as painful as the first. I am not made for dating. I am too awkward. The boy was nice enough I guess, and he took me to the Cheesecake Factory. I have no idea what we talked about, but he never called me again, and I was relieved.
8. Funniest drunk college moment?
I don’t drink, and didn’t then really, so no anecdotes I’m afraid.
9. Did you make it to class on time?
Not always. I had good intentions, but they often went out the window on the first day of term when I realised I hadn’t tuned in my radio for my alarm and the static wasn’t loud enough to wake me. Sometimes the thought of going and sitting in a lecture hall first thing felt like too much, and sleep was more important than education. I made all of my seminars though, and I did better with attendance in the States.
10. What was your favorite class in college?
I really enjoyed my second semester classes in the States. I did mostly literature and history, and some film courses. I didn’t make so good choices in my first semester, and one class was changed on me without my knowing it, and I got stuck with a frickin poetry class which was painful. But later I did a Southern Literature class, and was introduced to writers like Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty, and read more of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner. The professor was also great and encouraging and obviously loved her subject, which helped. And there was a drama class, (as in plays, not me acting) that I enjoyed. In my film class I watched films I had never heard of or dismissed as something I wouldn’t like. So now I have seen Fitzcarraldo (Jesus that film is bizarre), and Breathless (longest death scene ever), Vertigo, and The Big Lebowski, which became one of my favourites. So I think all my classes in that semester were excellent.