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14 Things Every Student From The Middle of Nowhere Will Understand

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

1. With nobody ever having heard of where you’re from, you always say you’re from somewhere else.

After the first few failed attempts at explaining to every single person you meet where the hell it is you’re from, you inevitably resort to simply telling people you’re from the big city closest to you.

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2. Getting defensive when someone ridicules your town.

If your middle of nowhere hometown does happen to come up in less-than-complimentary conversation, you waste no time in defending it. You can slag it off as much as you like, but no one else.

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3. Feeling like you’ve become exponentially cooler than 90% of the other people in your town when you return.

Once you have settled into uni, made your friends and all that, you go back into your town and look at everyone and everything there like it’s all part of some kind of sitcom. You’ve realised now that there’s a whole world out there, with certifiably better people in it.

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4. Purposefully adopting your uni town’s slang and distinct accent (if it has one) and never looking back.

In an effort to prove that you’ve outgrown your small town, you put in a good effort to adopt a new identity to make sure not only that you fit in, but also so that you seem cooler when you go home.

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5. Never quite getting used to the fact that, at university, you have a choice of more than one nightclub.

Back at home, you’re used to having just the couple of locals that you go to pretty much week in week out, and going to the one club that’s still an expensive taxi ride away. Needless to say, having a choice of countless bars, clubs and pubs at university is almost too much for your country bumpkin brain to handle.

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6. And that nights out go on way past 1am.

You now laugh and cringe simultaneously at how tame your nights out used to be.

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7. For some reason, people always assume you’re posh.

It seems to be the case that, when people hear you’re from some middle of nowhere town, they automatically brand you as a spoilt, posh kid that grew up in a palace far, far away. No doubt there are lots of students from the middle of nowhere who did indeed grow up with a silver spoon in their mouths, but that’s not the case for a lot of us.

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8. Feeling the need to report every half-exciting occurrence to your family and friends back at home.

Yeah, OK, maybe everyone does this, I don’t know. But for middle of nowhere-ers where nothing ever really happens, pretty much everything that happens at university is worth talking about.

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9. Becoming nostalgic about your hometown.

In spite of how much you complain about it and how much you don’t regret leaving, you do start to find yourself becoming extra emotional when you remember what it’s done for you and the good memories you have from there. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all.

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10. But also realising how sheltered you were there.

When you get to uni, you meet a wide variety of interesting people from a wide variety of places, each with respectively unique backgrounds, and interesting stories and insights. It actually blows you away, and can give you a fairly different perception of the world. Suddenly, things you only ever saw happening on the TV are happening in front of you, opening your eyes to the real world.

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11. And finding it even more cut off from the real world when you return.

You often hear people describe university as a bubble. But if they really want to know what living in a bubble feels like, they should just go to your hometown.

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12. Loving how much freedom you have at university.

When you’re from a middle of nowhere town where everyone knows everyone, even the most inane gossip spreads like wildfire. You can’t do anything out of the ordinary without it basically making the front page of a local newspaper. Sure, there’s a fair share of drama to be had at university, but it’s nowhere near as invasive nor childish as it is back home.

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13. Worrying about how you’re going to cope when it’s all over.

Now that you’ve had a taste of freedom, of life outside of a small town in the middle of nowhere, it’s very hard to imagine how you’re ever going to give it all up when university is over. Of course, you may not have to, but the thought alone sends a shiver down your spine.

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14. But also wondering whether you’d have appreciated university as much as you have done without coming from your small, middle of nowhere town.

Would you have just taken it all for granted if you hadn’t ever known anything different? Possibly, and for that reason you start to appreciate that maybe you were lucky to have grown up where you did.

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