I attend the Univeristy of Kent. For those who know about it you're probably thinking "oh so you're at the beautiful campus in Canterbury, right?" WRONG! I'm at the Deadway camp- Sorry, I meant the Medway campus (But let's not get into that right now...)
Anyway, in most universities it's common for first year students to get accoumodation. However, seeing as they threw me into the smaller campus, this was not the case. I ended up sharing a house with two second year students Gertrude* and Sophie* - coincidently doing the same course as me. Now being a girl, I know that for some reason unknown to the human race girls WILL 9 times out of 10 dislike a girls they don't know, for no apparent reason. I get along with great with Gertrude, from the moment I moved in to the very second I write this post she's been nothing but nice to me.
Sophie on the other hand... -_- Personally, I think it's because we're both Nigerian that we clash. But then again, that should be the reason that makes us closer. Anyhoo, from the first day I met her, I just knew I wouldn't like her. I remember my mum calling me and asking me what she was like and I told her straight up. She replied (in her Nigerian accent)
"Ooh Nkechi, you better not start your nonsense!"
I found that quite hilarious actually, but I knew what she was on about. So I gave Sophie a chance and chance after chance, she blew it.
Those who know me; my family espcially, may not believe that I don't like confrontation but I honestly don't. However, if I'm in a situation where I'm being taken for a mug, I will not hesitate to say my piece *serious face that slowly breaks into a smile*
Now, I could get into all the other things she's done that have gotten on my nerves but I'm sure you don't want to hear about that....
What my situation has made me realise is, I'm going to meet people that won't like me and that I'm not going to please. Now again, I know you must be thinking "It's taken you 18 years to realise this?!" But I've been lucky enough to be surrounded by a lot of great friends and family and people who I'm not necessarily the bestest of friends with, but we are able to get along and be civil with each other.
London is not a small place, but I feel that I've been sheltered in Hackney. Going to university has definitely opened my eyes to the different people, lifestyles and views there are in this world (bare in mind I mean the university, not the place in which the university resides. I swear everyone looks the same in Medway, and it's not the kind of look you want).
It's made me want to branch out and meet a whole load of new people. Don't get me wrong, I love my gorls but we are all so similar - it's actually quite scary, and I'm so used to them.
I'm ready for life to teach me lessons and to broaden my mind.
I want to break out of my shell and try new things. You never know what might happen and I don't want that in 50 years time I'm left thinking "what if..."
*Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons or whatever they say in magazine articles :P