14 Lessons You’ll Learn While Studying at Robert Gordon University
Going to Aberdeen’s RGU will teach you more than just what you’re studying on your course…
1. Cardio is important.
Walking up Garthdee Road every day to get to your classes not only teaches you the importance of exercise but also a deep-seated hatred of inclines of any kind.
2. Sometimes the library isn’t the place to go.
If you study at RGU and you need a book checked out, you will have to march yourself up to the 5th floor just to reach the library doors. Depending on the subject, you might have to go up another two floors. If you, like most students, don’t have legs made of iron, maybe just read the books online next time.
3. Close proximity to food chains = comfort eating.
When there’s a Subway and a Papa John’s on campus, comfort eating becomes a real problem, especially when it’s exam time. It takes some serious willpower, but you can resist the urge to binge eat while on a 13-hour study marathon. Unless, of course, you don’t like Subway or Papa John’s, in which case you may wish to seek professional help.
4. People can bond over anything.
With more societies at RGU available to join than in your wildest dreams, people can bond over any interest or common ground no matter how small. You can’t say that students here aren’t creative with their societies with a League of Anime, Dumbledore’s Army, an Electronic Gaming Society and even a Knitting Society.
5. Always dress for comfort.
Putting some effort into your appearance isn’t a bad thing at all, but when you have to trek from the Sir Ian Wood Building to the Garthdee Annexe in under 5 minutes, you don’t want to be doing that in heels. Similarly, no one will care about how good you look in your new jacket when you get soaked in rain because you didn’t wear something waterproof instead.
6. Having a breakdown is completely normal.
Walking around RGU campus during exam season is like witnessing several midlife crises all at once. You will find people questioning what they are doing with their life or why they’re even at university, crying on staircases, and even staring blankly at the River Dee out of the window. Sometimes the stress of student life just gets too much, but it’s totally acceptable to have a little (or big) cry every now and then.
7. Scottish summers are short and the winters are long.
Not so much an exclusive lesson for RGU students as it is for any students in Scotland. Here, however, you can see the fields of grass around the university going unused year round because of rain, and it really drives the point home. This isn’t to say that you never see the sun, but odds are if you do, it’s only for a day or two before the rain comes back (or better yet, it starts to snow).
8. There are multiple ways to reach your goals.
With RGU and North East Scotland College having an agreement that allows students to enter into 3rd year at RGU on certain courses, you might meet people half-way through university who you have never encountered before. It just shows that there are multiple routes you can take to get the same destination, and if some don’t work out, there are always others to try.
9. Student discounts are everything.
No one can say that student discounts aren’t one of the greatest ideas of the modern world. But when your campus has two Costas that both offer student discount, you may end up with a full blown caffeine addiction on your hands.
10. Some people really enjoy their own space.
If you are new to RGU, you might be walking through the Aberdeen Business School building looking for a quiet place to study when you notice that the study pods – made for groups of 5 or 6 people – are all occupied by individuals. You might think they are reserving it for others who have yet to arrive, but they aren’t. Some people just like a lot of personal space.
11. Wi-Fi will fail you.
When you have to use a temperamental Wi-Fi system like eduroam, you almost begin to expect everything to stop working at the absolute worst time. You better print off your precious coursework well in advance because when you do it last minute, there’s no doubt that an error will occur. Maybe it’s the thousands of students using it at once or maybe it’s just cursed… I guess we’ll never know.
12. Buses to uni are always late and will be full of students.
At a university that is at least a half-hour walk from the centre of Aberdeen, you may decide to go for the “quicker” option and catch the bus. Bad idea. Unless you get to the bus before it reaches the student flats, you’re going to be late. This is a fact – just accept it.
13. There is usually a way around paying for something.
If you, like a lot of students at RGU, didn’t want to pay for a parking space at the university, you know that you can always just use the Sainsbury’s or Asda car park down the road free of charge. This can be easily applied to life – if you don’t want to pay for something that badly, you can surely find a smart yet legal way around it.
14. And finally, you’ll learn to love everything about being a student there.
Yes, we complain about everything, but we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else ❤️️