My route to work takes me through Kelburn, a suburb close to the university and popular for student accommodation. Each morning I encounter students heading off to their first lecture of the day so I thought I would share my observations of different student ‘types’.
The Herd: A slow ambling group of 4-5 students that manages to effectively block the entire footpath, often with a bunch of slightly irate faster moving pedestrians queued up behind them (me included). Not even school kids hurtling towards them on scooters make much of an impact.
The Studious: Open book in hand, these students either really enjoy their studies or haven’t done the prep. At exam time they turn into The Crammer, with handfuls of notes and anxious looks on their faces.
The Boarder: Always male, these guys have a habit of sneaking up behind unsuspecting pedestrians and whooshing by making them jump. Ok it looks kind of cool, weaving around obstacles on a skateboard, but to those who do it down the middle of the road – just remember the anti-drink driving ads: ‘everyone thinks you’re dumb.’
The Hardy: The all-year-round shorts and jandals wearer. In mid-winter I’m wrapped up in a scarf, gloves and puffer and still cold, and there’s someone in front of me braving bare legs and toes. I’m informed that they are most likely to be science students – studying the effects of exposure perhaps?
The Chatty: This is the group I enjoy the most. The snippets of conversation I hear in passing range from flatmates and studies to the exponential increases in earthquake magnitude. Understandably top of many people’s minds last week.
The Wired: No list would be complete without the mention of the ubiquitous texter, complete with headphones, and oblivious to everything until impact with pram, jogger, lamppost, dog or strategically placed sandwich board.
I could go on – there’s The Scurrier (which usually means I’m late too), the The Teeter-Totter (struggling along in inappropriate shoes) and The Sherpa (weighed down by heavy texts, musical instruments or strange cylindrical objects) – but I’d rather hear about your own observations.