“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years trying to get people interested in you.”

It still amazes me how quickly we can adapt to change. Just fourteen weeks ago I lived at home, seen my friends and family everyday and didn’t have to worry about day to day tasks like buying food, washing clothes and even making sure my door is locked at night. Frighteningly, the changes that have occurred in my life since moving to Glasgow to go to university haven’t fazed me one bit.

As I was able to forget my old life so quickly, I was scared my old life would forget me. However, since coming home I have been assured that this isn’t the case, as I have slotted back in like nothing ever changed. Coming home has let me think about everything that has happened to me since I moved away to start university.

I have had to live with complete strangers, get to know my way around a city I had never properly explored, wash my own clothes, do my own cooking as well as food shopping, start a new course, motivate myself to study and try and keep in contact with everyone back home. But, as well as all these things I have ‘had’ to do I have also made lots of new friends, held several flat party’s, been to a lot of the clubs and pubs, been to the cinema, dressed up for halloween, decorated the flat for Christmas, went out dressed in a onesie, got a new job, experienced a foam party, etc, etc, etc…

Most importantly though, I have met so many different people from all over the place. I have met people who have just left school, like me, and it made me realise how naive I have been to not have thought about all the millions of others who have grown up just like me all over the world. Granted, most of us have had different lifestyles and upbringings but we all share the same experience, we all went to High School for example.

However, I have also met those who have studied elsewhere, or worked elsewhere before coming to University. I have met people who have travelled millions of miles, hundreds of miles or who just live a bus journey away.

It’s pretty amazing to sit and listen to these people, hear there story and tell them mine. Meeting so many different people has definitely been the best thing about moving to university.

One day I am going to have to leave and move on. The right now will feel just like High School does; a long time ago. I guess that is just life. You have got to make the most of what you have got whilst you have it.

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