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    (Long, protracted whine to follow.)

    ...these are the ingredients making up the consciousness filling the brain of the body lying on the complementary slab of concrete that passes for a mattress here in Talybont South.

    Coming to Cardiff for my Ph.D. sure was a bright move. Now, not only am I forced to accept my own inherent mediocrity, but I also have to suffer student quarters filled with ******* oversized foetuses 10 years my junior running around being ******* pathetic. And- of course, I have to suffer this is completely alone. And for what? So that I can rack up a huge student loan doing a Ph.D. in ******** I´m , at an institution where the other postgrads and postdocs ignore my existence, and my supervisors are as distant as a functioning frontal lobe is to the insipid noise-boxes on legs that inhabit this ********. The one thing I was happy about was that there weren´t any other rats locked into their ensuite janitor closets in my flat, and now that too has ceased to be a comfort.

    Add in the weather, the fact that I haven´t slept decently for a week and that I don´t know what the hell I´m supposed to do here, a knee injury combined with incessant walking and, finally, all sorts of significant relationships left in my wake like a trail of napalm over most of Europe... and I´d say these next three years should prove... ******* brilliant.

    Oh well, at least I can easily off myself by ramming my head into the conrete slab/mattress. I do love Cardiff.
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    Move somewhere quieter.
    Socialise with people in your department.
    Do some work, get yourself noticed as more than a "mediocre" student.
    Spend some time doing things that you enjoy.
    Problem solved(-ish). Or at least, problems shrunk significantly.

    And just to look at this from everyone else in your flat's point of view: You are being the unsocial, boring person who always complains about loud noise and is effectively just taking up space which a "more fun" student could live in.
    Yes, that's clearly not a fair analysis of the situation, but it's exactly what everyone else will be thinking. So move house.
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    Stop describing it like it's some sort of concentration camp and man the **** up.

    You chose to go there, and don't forget you were also a Fresher once.
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    (Original post by Athanatizein)
    (Long, protracted whine to follow.)

    ...these are the ingredients making up the consciousness filling the brain of the body lying on the complementary slab of concrete that passes for a mattress here in Talybont South.

    Coming to Cardiff for my Ph.D. sure was a bright move. Now, not only am I forced to accept my own inherent mediocrity, but I also have to suffer student quarters filled with ******* oversized foetuses 10 years my junior running around being ******* pathetic. And- of course, I have to suffer this is completely alone. And for what? So that I can rack up a huge student loan doing a Ph.D. in ******** I´m , at an institution where the other postgrads and postdocs ignore my existence, and my supervisors are as distant as a functioning frontal lobe is to the insipid noise-boxes on legs that inhabit this ********. The one thing I was happy about was that there weren´t any other rats locked into their ensuite janitor closets in my flat, and now that too has ceased to be a comfort.

    Add in the weather, the fact that I haven´t slept decently for a week and that I don´t know what the hell I´m supposed to do here, a knee injury combined with incessant walking and, finally, all sorts of significant relationships left in my wake like a trail of napalm over most of Europe... and I´d say these next three years should prove... ******* brilliant.

    Oh well, at least I can easily off myself by ramming my head into the conrete slab/mattress. I do love Cardiff.
    You write very well. I think you should write about your story.
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    Sounds like you're having a tough time. I'm in Cardiff, send me a PM.
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    (Original post by Athanatizein)
    (Long, protracted whine to follow.)

    ...these are the ingredients making up the consciousness filling the brain of the body lying on the complementary slab of concrete that passes for a mattress here in Talybont South.

    Coming to Cardiff for my Ph.D. sure was a bright move. Now, not only am I forced to accept my own inherent mediocrity, but I also have to suffer student quarters filled with ******* oversized foetuses 10 years my junior running around being ******* pathetic. And- of course, I have to suffer this is completely alone. And for what? So that I can rack up a huge student loan doing a Ph.D. in ******** I´m , at an institution where the other postgrads and postdocs ignore my existence, and my supervisors are as distant as a functioning frontal lobe is to the insipid noise-boxes on legs that inhabit this ********. The one thing I was happy about was that there weren´t any other rats locked into their ensuite janitor closets in my flat, and now that too has ceased to be a comfort.

    Add in the weather, the fact that I haven´t slept decently for a week and that I don´t know what the hell I´m supposed to do here, a knee injury combined with incessant walking and, finally, all sorts of significant relationships left in my wake like a trail of napalm over most of Europe... and I´d say these next three years should prove... ******* brilliant.

    Oh well, at least I can easily off myself by ramming my head into the conrete slab/mattress. I do love Cardiff.
    On a more positive note, I love your style of writing. :p:
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    he might be about to kill himself, but atleast he writes well.
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    You could just man up and try harder to be involved. It certainly isn't a good thing that you've been allocated a room with people so much younger than you, people who will almost certainly have different priorities and attitudes, but you just have to suck it up.

    The weather is something that won't change, though. It's like this until about mid November, and then it gets absolutely freezing until March, and then it starts to rain again.
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    Why on earth did you put undergraduate halls on your accomodation application? There's plenty of Postgrad-only halls and if not there's plenty of private accomodation that would suit your needs.

    Go and talk to your reception now, say that you are not happy and that you would like to transfer somewhere else. They will tell you that you can't do anything yet but will give you the relevant info (I think you can send off transfer requests from October 7th). If that falls through, leave halls altogether as soon as you've found somewhere else to live. Maybe advertise for a spare room in someone's house (i.e. be a lodger)?

    Postgrads are notoriously antisocial as a rule. If you're feeling lonely, join a society, sports club, church or any other kind of group that welcomes students. Basically, fill spare time with things you're interested in.
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    PhD students are amazingly whiny.
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    Heh-

    Didn´t actually expect anyone to reply to this whinefest. So- thanks, I guess. :-P I suppose I needed to vent, and your unfortunate eyes were chosen to bear the brunt of it. Let´s just say that my usual individualism-toting antisocial loner veneer has taken a beating lately, and I´m kinda stuck in this rut of despising people, while also wanting to make their acquaintance. This worked out just brilliantly as long as I was sequestered in my home country, where I was a huge fish in a tiny pond, and could walk around encapsulated in my own bloated ego.

    Here... we´ll I´m no one. And I guess I´m stuck in that old narcissistic cul de sac of being scared and arrogant at the same time. Scared of looking like an ass by actually daring to approach people, and really not wanting to because I´m arrogant enough to think that they´re all pricks anyways. I´m a swell guy. :-P

    Dunno why I´m being all self-exposing here, but I suppose I´m trying to analyse myself out of this rut. And I find doing that by whining to myself isn´t really helping. Now- if only I could focus on work, then things would be better. Or if I could just go into plain ol´ misanthropy-mode for that matter. I suppose I´m getting old. Old and lonely. And weak, obviously, since I can´t seem to just suck this **** up and plow onwards.

    Oh well- thanks all, for your advise, your candor, your outright insults and face slaps.

    I´ll shut up now.
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    I can imagine it being difficult for you here. You are surrounded by freshers, but they are quite approachable. Sometimes you need to put yourself right out there and you get the rewards, even though it will be probably one of the hardest things for you to do. I'm at Talybont South too, a fresher as well, but if you want to talk, i'm up for listening. =]
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    Cry me a river!

    Surely you expected people to be partying over freshers?
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    Oh I felt the same in Taly South when I was a fresher. I also think "Scared of looking like an ass by actually daring to approach people, and really not wanting to because I´m arrogant enough to think that they´re all pricks anyways" applies to me pretty well!

    Get yourself out! Seriously, move into a Postgrad only hall, or maybe a private flat, you'll feel so much better if you live somewhere you actually don't mind living, trust me. Here's another offer of "you can PM me if you want to talk"
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    (Original post by lancashiresmm)
    Cry me a river!

    Surely you expected people to be partying over freshers?
    Yeah but it doesn't stop, I was in Taly South by the Taly Court entrance so had pretty much everyone going past my window, plus I was in a "party house" in the epicentre (downstairs flat, room next to the kitchen where they all f****** congregated most nights). So yeah if you're not a going out person it can really suck if you're around party people/live on their route home. I'm not against people doing what they want, of course I'm not, but it's no picnic being presented with it when you just want a quiet life. Now I'm in my own place it's loads better.
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    (Original post by noodles!)
    Yeah but it doesn't stop, I was in Taly South by the Taly Court entrance so had pretty much everyone going past my window, plus I was in a "party house" in the epicentre (downstairs flat, room next to the kitchen where they all f****** congregated most nights). So yeah if you're not a going out person it can really suck if you're around party people/live on their route home. I'm not against people doing what they want, of course I'm not, but it's no picnic being presented with it when you just want a quiet life. Now I'm in my own place it's loads better.
    Nonetheless, did you not realise before you came that this was what Talybont was going to be like?
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    (Original post by RightSaidJames)
    Nonetheless, did you not realise before you came that this was what Talybont was going to be like?
    It was my 3rd/4th choice, I didn't think I'd get it, I wanted to be in Colum or Senghennydd hall! Once I knew, though, of course I realised it'd be like that- I was holding on to the hope that I'd have semi-quiet flatmates though. No such luck.
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    (Original post by noodles!)
    It was my 3rd/4th choice, I didn't think I'd get it, I wanted to be in Colum or Senghennydd hall! Once I knew, though, of course I realised it'd be like that- I was holding on to the hope that I'd have semi-quiet flatmates though. No such luck.
    Fair enough. Weird that you got given Talybont over other places, but I suppose that just proves that no halls are necessarily more popular than each other.
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    Is Talybont really that bad? Anyway, putting PhD students with freshers is a pretty terrible idea as most PhDers desire to have boring adult lives most of the time and freshers want to drink and fall over.
    Also, it makes us feel old.
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    (Original post by arkbar)
    Is Talybont really that bad? Anyway, putting PhD students with freshers is a pretty terrible idea as most PhDers desire to have boring adult lives most of the time and freshers want to drink and fall over.
    Also, it makes us feel old.
    Hey not all us freshers want to be loud, drunk and fall over I'll have you know

    Saying that, even if I did go out all the time, I'd still find it hard to be drunk. I have the age and a belly going for me!
 
 
 
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