(Original post by Anonymous)
I have heard of it happening at universities such as Aberdeen and Aberystwyth
, not so much traditional red-bricks. A friend of mine had bullying occur in her halls where there would be one person who wanted to dominate the entire flat and be the life and soul of the party, any objections and the victim would be victimized and bullied. This poor girl happened to be from quite a wealthy family so didn't really fit in with her flat. She had other friends who went to boarding school outside of her flat, but within it, it was traumatic for her. The girls would throw jam and objects, yelling, screaming and roaring outside her bedroom door. She reported it, but the Halls Manager said that she should be the one to move, regardless of how much possessions she had with her or if she had anyone to help her move. She was really nervous with anxiety and depression after this - Couldn't study, didn't get out of bed till after mid-day, didn't want to socialise, and didn't eventually do well in her degree.
Another incidence occurred with a friend in Aberystwyth University. She lived in a flat which happened to have a 53 year old mature student placed into it. This woman always wanted to hang out and fit in with the younger students, rather than be independent. She wanted to dominate the flat, control people, cause arguments and then intervene with inception so she would be praised for calming and resolving the arguments. The woman would hold parties and knock on everybody's door invited them into the kitchen, but not on the victimized students door leaving her sat alone suffering inside. Regardless of this mature student being older or not, if you happen to unfortunately have a bossy boots and wannabe boss in your flat, this is where the trouble begins because these people crave popularity. The victim had no where to move because Aberystwyth has an Accommodation Crisis
occuring so there were no replacement rooms quoted by the Accommodation Office. The student also had problems with staff members when she challenged/questioned lecturers on material that wasn't understood, she was told off, yelled at, lecturers spoke nastily and raised their voices at her. She ended up dumbing down and being mousey quiet, not herself. The more she flourished, the more she was put-down. Therefore, she wasn't allowed to flourish. The university took her Tuition Fee but the Undergraduate Office didn't even fit her on the timetable for classes that she had registered for. When she enquired, she was told, 'Sorry, nothing we can do.' These missing classes weren't even replaced or subsituted for her. She also experienced psychiatric trauma from this experience and was prescribed medication to help, became anti-social from the flat incidenct as well as needing help to get through things in daily life from all the yelling, segregating and voice raising that happened in the university. She described it similar to being emotionally abused. She ended up dropping out and failing her degree.
In both scenarios, people happened to be jealous, inferior, not particularly nice, had bullying tendencies and then targeted the victim for their differences, even though university is suppose to help students flourish, be themselves, unique, individual and have independence.