1. Night Life
In England, university students hit the clubs Monday through Thursday and then head to the nearest house party Friday and Saturday when the older, professional crowd that works during the week overtakes the clubs. American students, we really have no idea of what we are missing. Frat Row does not count or compare.
*Newcastle is known for being a party city so people are out in the clubs/bar Sunday-Saturday. And students go out more because they are at the legal age to drink than in America where only a smaller percentage are. (18 vs 21)
2. Co-ed Living
Boys and girls live together both in university housing and in off-campus housing. Co-ed living is more realistic and more fun than single-gender living, and despite southern beliefs, it is not uncomfortable nor does it create a hothouse of sexual tension and fury where cream has to be scraped off the walls.
*True. Most people I know live in co-ed flats. Mine happens to be all-girl.
3. Less Academic Output
In England, I put forth one-fifth of the work I put forth in America at BSC. Class met only once a week, assigned weekly readings, and required only one presentation and one essay at the end of the semester. Despite this reduced course-load, I learned and retained more from most of those classes than I have from many of my American classes at BSC, because I actually had time to learn and to process the material instead of constantly stressing about churning out relentless, unindicative results in the form of quizzes, tests, and the God-forsaken unending stream of papers.
*Also true. Though I hate the fact that my entire grade is on the final paper.
4. Blind-Friendly Notes
In England, what Americans call dollar bills are called notes, and in England, each note is a different size corresponding to its amount: a twenty pound note is bigger than a ten pound note which is bigger than a five pound note and so on. The indicative sizes make the notes blind-friendly, and blind-friendly makes the world a happier place. Yay.
*The twenty pound note is HUGE.
Really? Does this one require an explanation? Okay, okay, here it is: food, drink, community.
*I used to think pubs were for drinking but they aren’t. I have a favorite one that is down the street from the university. Has the BEST steak pie ever in life.
6. Drying Racks
What’s highly unnecessary? Clothes dryers. Why? Evaporation. I did not meet a single English house with a clothes dryer. All clothes were dried on drying racks placed outside during summer or placed over a radiator during winter. Saves electricity; saves money; better for the environment.
*Gosh, America, we are so wasteful. But yes, they like dryer racks here. I even bought my own. ;)