The Student Word: Overheard in the Union

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"I 've just recently started, so I have three years to go. It's a daunting task but I am really looking forward to it. I took a year off studying after finishing my A-levels; since then my life has lacked purpose and direction. I am not nervous about university life - I have faith in myself - and now that I'm studying, I've found that I'm a lot more focused. I really think university will provide the discipline my life lacks.

The work I've done so far is hard, but I've found it interesting. My first day, I was a bit embarrassed because I rocked up a little bit late, but I'm a good student really. I have a good mate and we often study together because we find that we really motivate each other when we get bored. I think it's very important to have friends like this around you at university.

I live at home, so I am missing out on the social life that living on campus can offer you, but living with my parents is good. I am comfortable with where I am and I think I've partied enough in the past few years. My younger brother is planning on starting university soon and there is no way I'm going to let him graduate before I do, so I am all about hitting the books right now."

"This weird man chatted me up on the train last night. He came up to me and said: 'I'll teach you to ride a horse'."

"Did you get your tooth sorted out?"

"I had such an embarrassing moment at the cinema - I got all caught up in the chair. We had to ask them to turn the lights on!"

"I put on my form that I was a vegetarian because I was feeling fussy. Now I'm stuck in halls with a bunch of vegans. It's very stressful."

"Was her bike broken?"

"Well, by the fact that the wheels weren't going around I would say yes!"

"My hot cross bun has gone down the wrong way. What a way to die - it's not very glamorous is it?"

"I saw these beautiful shoes. They want me! They want me!"

"Hannah is so bossy. I am so glad I'm not in her group."

"Did you know that a courgette is not a vegetable?"