A mantle piece ordained with alcohol in various stages of consumption, pizza menus ripped up to provide filters for fags, mugs growing insulin, anally organised stacks of DVDS and video games. Welcome to the house of Harry, George, Robin and Piers, students at Sheffield Hallam University. The Awkward Pint digs out the Dettol for their dirty kitchen and even dirtier minds.
Harry, 22, says: “Keeping the place clean is a battle. But it’s fun, we always have guest.”
All four boys are in committee for Hallam’s Snow sports club, SHU Snow. They live together, work together and play together.
“Our house is pretty much the hub for SHU Snow. It’s a shelter for our veteran members and fresher’s obviously,” says Piers, 20. Continue reading →
Staffordshire University student, James Hulson, reveals how he quit his Computing and Engineering course two years ago because he “couldn’t fit in” without consuming alcohol.
It is widely regarded that University and consuming alcohol go hand-in-hand. Most adults seem to think that students spend approximately 10% of their time studying, 40% of their time in bed, and 50% of their time in the pub.
However, this is not always the case, and it certainly was not the case for James Hulson. James, now 20 years-old, went to Staffordshire University two years ago to study Computing and Engineering.
Despite him moving to University full of hope and optimism, he never managed to settle in within his halls of residence, and lasted just nine days before returning home.
“It was pretty evident straight away that all anybody was interested in was how much you could drink on a night out” said James.
“I understood that maybe it was just a freshers’ thing so I tried to wait it out, but it was too much to handle. I went out with them for the first couple of nights, drinking soft drinks, but the atmosphere and the people themselves just weren’t for me.”
James often felt left out on visits to the Students’ Union bar
Fatherhood: The one thing guaranteed is change… A daunting prospect for some.
Your just trying to find your feet in life. Thinking about starting a career, going to university, getting a promotion or even finishing school, and out comes the line “I think I’m pregnant.”
At this point your heart sinks into your stomach and your head is filled with questions and thoughts.
Joe ‘Mundo’ Parker centre of the picture gets serious when he is captaining his local team in the cup final.
‘Mundo’ Parker, 24, a typical ‘lad’ from Mansfield is going through that exact process. To ’Mundo’ there is nothing better than a night out with the boys, a game of football at the weekend and a fair amount of time on his Xbox.
A late comer to university, he is currently just in his first year studying Graphic Design in Sheffield. Everything is about to change. Continue reading →