When I moved to Glasgow from Livingston, a few short weeks after my 18th birthday, I felt ready to take this big city by both hands. However, I feel like I’ve pretty much spent the whole of my first year in a bubble, rarely venturing out to see all that it had to offer. In my defence I do get lost very easily.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Days spent returning home from uni after possibly attempting to do something that ever so slightly resembled studying, I would get ready to go to the union or someone’s flat for pre drinks and then go to either Bamboo, O2 ABC or Garage. While I might have occasionally ventured out to a museum on the weekend (mostly because it was something to do that was free), my attempts at soaking in the culture of this amazing city was limited.
I quickly realised my mistakes and vowed to change my lifestyle. I’m not giving up alcohol or anything as drastic as that (let us not be silly now), but I’m starting to live my life like I actually live in a big city and stop thinking I still live in a town with nothing more than a shopping centre and two nightclubs.
This four part series sets out to help all the Glasgow students (especially those who have moved here for university) try something new and make the most out of their experience.
This first part will be focusing on mind and body. It’s good to stretch your mind at times and give it a break from constant deadlines. Also fitness is something that is often associated with costing a lot of money but there’s lots of activities to do out there that cost very little money. Not only will this help you stay fit and healthy, it can add an element of routine into your university lifestyle.
Glasgow is cluttered with museums. Not only are they are great way to expand your mind and become more knowledgeable about the history and culture of this city, most of them are free. They are a great activity for those days that you can’t face uni work but still feel the need to exercise your mind.
There is something for everyone, from the Macintosh museum for the art lovers, The Riverside museum to not only see some vintage transport but also walk down the old streets of Glasgow and visit the old-style shops or visit the People’s Palace at Glasgow Green to be emerged in some of Glasgow’s rich history.
Whenever a nice day comes around (forever hopeful), take all your heavy university textbooks and a packed lunch and go and study at one of many of the scenic parks Glasgow has to offer. This will help you to relax while you furiously cram for your next approaching deadline. You can even invite some friends along if you think they won’t be too much of a distraction. The Botanic Gardens are my personal favourite to do this but Kelvingrove and Glasgow Green are also extremely popular choices.
One of the biggest things I would recommend, from personal experience, is to join a university sports club. Not only are they cheap to join, for most of them experience isn’t necessary and you can go along to training whether you just want to get fit and learn a new skill or you want to compete against the best. They are great for meeting new people and become more involved with your university as a whole.
Yoga covers both mind and body and is a perfect way to keep fit while unwinding from the stress of exams and/or course work. Yoga Meditation Healing Glasgow is located near Kelvinbridge subway station and offers 20% off classes for beginner students – plus they provide the yoga mats for you.
If strenuous exercise isn’t quite your thing, swimming might be for you. A good, cheap way to do this is through your local Glasgow Club. They offer swimming only memberships at around £10 a month, which is a steal of a price.
It’s important to really see what your university has to offer. If you don’t want to fully commit to a club, you’ll be surprised how much there still is for you to participate in. If you’re after a gym membership but don’t want to give away a ridiculous amount of money each week, most universities offer an off peak membership which may limit the times you can use the gym, but will also help you save some important pennies. They usually have classes running too so that you can go without having a membership for a discounted price when you show your student card.
What are you going to do first?