In my three years at university, I have always avoided the social side of university. Beyond sitting in the refectory in between lectures, I’m not one for socialising.
Yesterday however, I went to the 3rd Year Radio Production social – after a lot of persuasion from my housemates and other radio students. I decided it I might be able to manage it – just once. Although I usually trust no one, I decided I could trust the radio students (some of them at least) to not force me in to drinking or anything like that.
Let’s just say that it was an enlightening experience.
I am amazed at how much energy people have so late at night. At 22:30 (the time at which I either go to bed, or switch over for Newsnight), for some, the “party” was only just starting.
I had not a drop of alcohol (I stuck to my values… so I’m pleased) – but lots did consume alcohol… and I found it interesting to see how the dynamics of the group slowly started to change as the effect of their drinks kicked in.
I felt a bit like David Attenburgh – or some sort of NATO/UN official – observing the events of the evening and making mental notes as the night went on.
Some things did not surprise me. Other things, were interesting to discover – and one or two things shocked me.
During a discussion in which I was asked my opinion on things like smoking and drug taking, my facial expression gave away my complete disapproval of that sort of thing.
The night seemed to go from – observing some sort of weird drinking game – to standing outside on the 3rd floor balcony discussing (at length) my stance on Britain’s relationship with the European Union – and just about everything in between.
The music wasn’t exactly to my taste (hip-hop and music in which all they do is rap over a loud drum beat is just “noise” (the definition of noise being “unwanted sound”)), but I think I can ignore that one.
For some reason, I sort of enjoyed it.
I’m going to do something else I don’t normally do today: I’m going to be forced to watch football, and my reaction to it all will be recorded and played out on Tone Radio next week.
I’d better prepare for that, then…