I went to a party last night. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it very much, been going through a hard time recently, my estranged wife left the country with my daughter and I’ve been struggling to enjoy much at all, so having found it rather depressing I ended up going home while no one was looking. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with personal life, I’m just trying to prove a point. You see there’s a common belief in a stereotype of student. Students are young people, just out of school who want nothing more than to go out every night and get drunk and have sex. Hell it seems obvious that all we do is sex, drugs and rock and roll. Eugh, if only.
As student representative for my year, I’ve got to know all sorts of students and I’ll point out the definitive phrase there being ‘all sorts’.
It’s my belief that there is no such thing as a student stereotype. From what I see, the only thing that makes these people similar to each other is that they’ve all come to study at university. Student’s are from all age groups, countries, beliefs, attitudes and personalities. It just wouldn’t fit that they’d all be party mad kids. To facilitate so many different types of people, The University of Dundee has to be able to facilitate their needs, whether it be through activities, societies or support. See, I am going somewhere with this.
For every student and for every need, there’s a service. For the sporty student, there’s a club for every body punishing desire: fencing, swimming, athletics, canoeing… water polo? Hey you can even join the rucksack club, a club that was named so long ago that its members now live in fear of suggesting a new name.
Sports not your thing? Then how about the politics society? Book club? Perhaps you’d like to meet like-minded people of your religion, Christian? Buddhist? Muslim? There’s even a society for atheists.
This week I discovered that support for your situation can be found anywhere. My difficulties have been causing me to miss several lectures, I thought I’d better inform one of my lecturers why I hadn’t been attending and immediately I’d been invited to attend counselling on campus, an offer I must admit I refused out of my keen talent of stubbornness but it’s good to know that university services go beyond just activities, support for depression, financial issues and even your health exist right here on campus and all you need do is make contact. So what ever your need, or what ever need you find crops up, it’s nice to know that who ever you are, there’s something there for you.
So there is no stereotype of student, there are many different types of people attending Dundee University but this is not a problem, because Dundee University can accommodate for us all. Even boring anti-socialites like me. Now doesn’t that bring a smile to your face.