Ben Abbiss

Ben Abbiss

It’s Friday morning. You’re drowsily pulling on your work trousers as the TV chatters on in the background. Gradually you notice the two CBBC presenters in suits bouncing around the screen. They look familiar. “What did they used to be on?” The show is called ‘Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up’ and the overly-jolly faces of these two Ant and Dec wannabes are flawed by faint disappointment. “Sam and Mark… they were on Pop Idol or some reality thing ages ago.” The sympathy is short-lived because they are so annoying first thing on a morning but you feel for the lads all the same. How the slightly mighty have fallen.

In Freshers week. there were the big three conversation starters everyone had to go through a thousand times: Name? From? Course? Then, formalities over and provided the answer wasn’t “Humphrey, Buckinghamshire, Harry Potter Studies” you could talk like normal people about whatever you wanted. A common interest is found with a lot of people in travelling. It seems nearly everyone I spoke to in that first week had been or had ambitions to go travelling. Whether this meant dreams of three weeks partying around south-east Asia or a planned year-long culture crawl in South America, the general idea was the same: ‘Travelling is good, I want to do it.’ Was this just people hyped up on Fresher’s friendliness, happy to enthuse about something they actually had never considered? Or do modern students see travelling as the ultimate good time and a part of the student experience?

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