student advice

School of rock: musicians give their advice for new students

MARTIN DUKELOW, ELIZA AND THE BEAR student advice 

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING UNIVERSITY TAUGHT YOU?
Probably shouldn’t admit this but university taught me how to play Call Of Duty 4. I got so ridiculously good at it because I didn’t go to a couple of particular classes. Not what the degree was designed for but still comes in handy.

DID ANYTHING EMBARRASSING HAPPEN WHEN YOU WERE A STUDENT?
So I was talking to this group of people on a night out. They were eating chips and one of them left some on a pillar by the roadside and walked off. I was so hungry so when they walked off I started eating them. Then just got blatantly caught by the girl that left them when she came back looking for something she left. Literally looked homeless.

DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD HACKS FOR LIVING IN A SHARED HOUSE?
Bought my own little secret fridge. Does my head in when people eat my stuff. Especially my flake yoghurts.


DARWIN DEEZ

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING UNIVERSITY TAUGHT YOU?
That I don’t want to be a philosophy professor.

DID ANYTHING EMBARRASSING THING HAPPEN WHEN YOU WERE A STUDENT?
I became massively depressed for most of the year and one of my new friends got so frustrated with me that he smashed a 40 oz on the ground outside my dorm room. Beer went everywhere. Because I was shutting him out emotionally and suffering.

DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD HACKS FOR LIVING IN A SHARED HOUSE?
Roommates are impossible. It’s like a significant other without the sex and love. Accept that your relationship will fail eventually and be ready to leave when it’s time. Do not waste your breath trying to change anything about them. Instead recognise who they are in reality and get real with yourself about how much longer you truly want to put up with it. Oh, and ask for what you want (even though they won’t give it to you).

DARWIN DEEZ PLAYS KOMEDIA ON TUES 2 OCT.


MARA DANIELE, THE SHE STREET BANDstudent advice

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING UNIVERSITY TAUGHT YOU?
University was a wonderful experience for me, in that it taught me more about who I was and how I wanted to network and meet new people. I obviously learned so much within the classroom that I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else, but the most important thing was definitely growing into my own and learning how to socialise in a way that showcased my personality best while also helping me make the connections I needed for life after uni.

DID ANYTHING EMBARRASSING THING HAPPEN WHEN YOU WERE A STUDENT?
I cried during my final exam presentation because I was going to miss my university so much… That was pretty awkward.

DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD HACKS FOR LIVING IN A SHARED HOUSE?
Always be respectful of people’s wishes. Not always, but usually when you are living in shared housing it is because your flatmates have moved away from home. It is important to be mindful of their comfort and take your wants and needs into consideration as well as theirs. Be very open and honest about what you want and expect out of your home in order to have a comfortable living situation – this really helps you to avoid running into issues later on down the line.

THE SHE STREET BAND PLAY THE HAUNT ON MON 3 OCT.


ALI, NOVO AMOR

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING UNIVERSITY TAUGHT YOU?
How to use my time. My classes were insightful and useful, but not everything applied to me. I probably averaged about two to three days a week in classes, and I saw an opportunity use all my free time working on my personal writing and recording projects. I knew that I wanted to produce music, so I spent three years honing that skill, whether it was an assignment or not.

DID ANYTHING EMBARRASSING THING HAPPEN WHEN YOU WERE A STUDENT?
Someone pulled my trousers down on the bus. I believe that guy is a traffic cop now.

DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD HACKS FOR LIVING IN A SHARED HOUSE?
Don’t let stray cats in; they’ll shit on your sofa. Don’t be the messy one. Don’t be the one who pays all the bills, because somebody won’t be paying you back. Understand that it’s a temporary situation and try not to let other people’s annoying attributes get to you.

NOVO AMOR PLAY THE HAUNT ON SAT 20 OCT.


EMILY, SUPERORGANISM

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING UNIVERSITY TAUGHT YOU?
I used my student loan to buy synthesisers and recording equipment (ha ha). Figure out how to turn your boring situation into a cool as situation.

DID ANYTHING EMBARRASSING THING HAPPEN WHEN YOU WERE A STUDENT?
Being a student is just inherently embarrassing a lot of the time. I think it’s probably the most awkward stage of your life. Not really qualified to do anything useful in society, but old enough to realise it. I used to be in classes where there’d always be some outspoken douche ranting about their extreme political views. So much cringe. Ah I’m cringing just thinking about it.

DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD HACKS FOR LIVING IN A SHARED HOUSE?
We (the band) all live together in a flat in London. Gotta have a shower and cleaning rota. Overcrowd that flat to save money and then spend most of your time in the park down the street.

SUPERORGANISM PLAY CONCORDE 2 ON SUN 28 OCT.


TALI, ESTRONS

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING UNIVERSITY TAUGHT YOU?
I actually left uni to concentrate on the band, so I guess I learnt that university isn’t always there at the right place and the right time. Sometimes it’s something you can go back to and sometimes it’s something you don’t need to follow your passions.

DID ANYTHING EMBARRASSING THING HAPPEN WHEN YOU WERE A STUDENT?
I cried in the bathroom once for getting a lower mark than I wanted on a paper and got found by the lecturer who’d marked me. I’m a sorry loser.

DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD HACKS FOR LIVING IN A SHARED HOUSE?
If you find yourself living with ‘the note leaver’ then it’s time to look for another place. I used to live with a guy who would cry if we didn’t do the dishes immediately and everyday was the dreaded anticipation of what new note would be left above the sink. Get outta there.

ESTRONS PLAY GREEN DOOR STORE ON TUES 16 NOV. THE ALBUM YOU SAY I’M TOO MUCH, I SAY YOU’RE NOT ENOUGH IS OUT ON FRI 5 OCT.

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