12 Types Of People You Inevitably Meet In Your First Week At York
Finally. The University of York’s notoriously late-to-start term is upon us. But who will you be running into when you get here?
Here are the 12 types of people you’ll find all over campus…
Because of York’s intimate size, campus is full of them. They don’t actually mean a great deal and you can become one from all walks of York life, but they can be fun to know/be for a while.
Most likely college: Vanbrugh/Langwith.
Can be found: Literally in any prominent society, college or club. Everyone kind of refers to themselves as one half-jokingly if they’ve done something important for a while.
Despite no actual sports degree course…and this not being America…York is full of these gym fanatics.
Most likely college: Derwent/James.
Can be found: Every Wednesday night on the lash in Salvation.
To be honest, we all know York’s SU club scene is only really the main event in first year. York has amazing student-led club nights and these beauties usually come out in droves around the less-known, alternative nights.
Most likely college: Goodricke/Boulevard and affiliated to any random college.
Can be found: The best house parties (usually Hull Rd/Lawrence St) or Mansion.
4. Wannabe politicians.
Don’t confuse these with BNOCs who INCLUDE student politicians (if that’s a thing), these students can be found anywhere and everywhere. And their faces will be all over campus around election time. They usually go for the higher committee roles on campus.
Most likely college: Langwith/Alcuin.
Can be found: Making friends at almost every club night. Or, of course, the SU building.
5. Oxbridge rejects.
Usually hanging around PEP or similar subjects, this Uni has a plentiful supply of these students. Don’t worry if you are one yourself – we’ve all been there (twice, maybe)!
Most likely college: Derwent (sorry guys!)
Can be found: On a night out ANYWHERE celebrating their freedom from their almost-Oxbridge education.
Aside from other freshers, these are the most important people you meet in your first week at York. There to make sure you don’t get lost or in too much trouble (and looking for an excuse to still go out every night of Freshers’) they’re generally good eggs.
Can be found: In the JCRC, in your kitchen every night of Freshers’ Week rushing you to a bus stop.
7. Wannabe freshers.
These 2nd and 3rd year students just can’t accept growing old and refuse to let freshers show them up on the dance floor. Amazing to get on with, they’ll smother you with hundreds of free drinks and invites to spontaneous nights out.
Most likely college: All (it’s the way to be!)
Can be found: YUSU club nights, all Willow-themed nights.
8. Club promoters.
An inevitability in any student town, you can’t cross Lendal Bridge without being bombarded by flyers. Becoming one is a fast-track route to BNOC status and knowing one ensures you’re always on the guest list for the club they work for.
Most likely college: Derwent.
Can be found: In ANY club and in EVERY Facebook group. Period.
9. Drama people.
This group of students has by far some of the most fun and active people on campus. And they’ll let you know about it constantly on your Facebook newsfeed.
Most likely college: Vanbrugh.
Can be found: Drama Barn or V Bar.
10. Comedy people.
Similar to Drama people, with added bants. Usually talking about The Shambles and their last/next trip to Edinburgh. They’re a good laugh. Duh.
Most likely college: Halifax/Derwent.
Can be found: In D Bar.
11. Gap yahs.
These students get a bit of flack for taking a year out and travelling, but they make for great games of ‘never have I ever’.
Most likely college: Anything Hes East. Probably.
Can be found: Going a bit crazy for the first couple of weeks before taking a break to worry they’re already getting too old for this shit.
12. Student journalists.
Have you heard York has the best student media in the country? No? Well, York has the best student media in the country with NO journalism degree. And generally most student journalists you meet will tell you this 100 times. Great to befriend if you want to keep in the know (which is kinda important at uni). Not that we’re biased or anything…
Most likely college: Vanbrugh.
Can be found: Twitter, all over campus looking for the best scoops.