MY 100TH post is here.
For such a special occasion, I thought I should mark it with a special post and as I’ve written on this blog many times about what it’s like at uni ,and given my side of the story, I thought it would only be fair to get my flatmates side of things, so I interviewed them. And opinions have been shared.
But before I get to the questions and the tea that was spilt, let me introduce them first:
Hannah O (HO)– Yes, I ended up with a housemate also called Hannah. Hahaha! Its brilliant. She shall be referred to as HO for Helpful Orange.
Becky (B)– The embodiment of any girl studying at Exeter, basic and likes going out. (But in a nice way Becky, love you!)
Tori(T)– When we started uni, Tori went through a phase of having a yorkshire pudding after every night out- it made her VERY memorable.
Emily(E)– Emily plays cricket. Also I think she thinks we’re all pretty stupid.
Abby (A)– Abby rows (so is very busy! and is a wise and calm influence around the house.
Saffron (S)*– Saff is the hardest partier in our house, yet is also managing to not fail her degree – she is the ultimate uni student.
Hannah V (Me)– I’m the odd one. Also the one writing this blog post (Hello.)
*Saff will be absent from this interview. Despite asking repeatedly for her answers, she hasn’t given them to me because she’s too busy romancing a fresher.
What was your first impression of everyone when we met for the first time?
HO: Hannah- who? Tori was the one from Essex, Becky was loud and annoying, Saff didn’t like snike, Emily was a lot shorter when we first met (Emily and Hannah went to the same school), Abby was tall and lovely.
B: Hannah was fun and had good banter (this is a win for past, socially awkward me.) Tori was normal(?) Saff was intimidating and unexpected. Emily was talkative and friendly,Abby was friendly and lovely, HO was quiet and moody, not a massive fan.
T: Hannah stood up for herself, liked banter and didn’t like me (this is not true, I loved Tori!), Becky was the ringleader, worried about keeping conversation flowing and if she was popular. Saff was scary and intimidating and had a TATTOO. Emily was chatty, sensitive and chameleon-like. Abby was quiet and kind. HO- I don’t know her, Mariah Carey
E:Hannah I thought didn’t like me (also not true!), Becky was the centre of attention, Tori was a dancer, Saff was scary, Abby was strong and HO I already knew.
A: Hannah was opinionated and slightly scary (sigh), Becky was bubbly and the ‘mum’ of the group (Becky did adopt a natural mum persona for a day, and then freshers week happened and it became obvious that this was not a suitable role.) Tori was quiet and studious, Emily was slightly girly and sporty, Saff was mad and HO was calm and funny.
Me: When Becky suggested at four o’clock on our first day that we start drinking to ease the awkwardness, I began to inwardly questioning my housemates.
What is one thing you do in the house that no one knows about?
HO: Play chicken goggles in the bathroom mirror whilst wearing Saff’s unicorn head and eating some bread. (I will offer no explanation for this, however I will say that this is very on brand for HO.)
B: There is literally nothing that I do that you guys don’t know about, sorry. (That is true, Becky can keep nothing quiet.)
T: Contrary to popular belief, I actually do work sometimes.
E: Can’t think of something you don’t already know.
A: The karaoke sesh is totally worth it (sorry em if you hear it through the wall).
Me: One time when I was really bored I hoovered the hallway.
What do you love most about our house?
HO: The endless supply of free food in the kitchen.
B:The light up tree decorations in the lounge, the double beds and our ‘cosy’ lamp.
T: The shower is the perfect temperature and pressure.
E: I love how much we laugh together.
A: The atmosphere when everyone’s hanging out in the lounge.
Me: I’ve found slug trails in the kitchen, but no actual slugs. I like the mystery of this.
I also asked what everyone hated most about the house but it would be a lot quicker if I just summarise everyone’s answers into: everything.
And finally, what do you love/hate most about each other?
HO: I love everyone’s sense of humour and I hate the mess.
B: I love when we all chill together and that everyone mostly gets along. I HATE that SOME people don’t EVER take the bins out and just don’t EVER make any EFFORT. (This answer has definitely not been embellished for dramatic effect and is definitely how Becky would say it.)
T: These people are some of my bestmates and I love being around them and that they help me grow as a person. I don’t like that some people seem to think I don’t pull my weight with cleaning, when I do more than people think!
E: Hannah, I love your mug collection (although also respects my wish to not use my mugs all the time, thank you Emily) and I hate nothing! (good answer!)I love that Becky is always smiling and hate that Becky is always ill. HO knows her own mind, yet always guilt trips us about killing the planet. Saff is a constant entertainment source but doesn’t always abide by the kitchen rota. I love Abby’s hugs and hate how she’s always busy. I love Tori’s unashamed ability to sleep through anything, and I don’t like how messy she is.
A: Love the openness and the relaxed vibe we have with each other, hate the two day old mess.
Me: I love that I can count on anyone for a laugh and how supportive everyone is of each other. I hate not being able to sleep because of noise. Especially musicals. Sung by drunk people. In the room next door.
Thank you to all my housemates for contributing and shedding an honest light on what it’s like living with people at university, hopefully we all like each other the same amount once everyone’s read this post.
Happy Sunday guys!