'WE WERE TOLD THAT STUDENT YEARS ARE THE BEST - BUT THAT IS NOT TRUE'
On Tuesday 29 June 2021, Nottingham Post Community Reporter, Olimpia Zagnat, wrote that students in Nottingham are disappointed at having missed out on end of year celebrations and having to replace 'exciting' nights out with modest barbecue in their gardens. Those due to return are hoping next year will be better.
Disappointment as Nottingham students say they are 'missing out' on end of year celebrations amid Covid restrictions
'We were told that the student years are the best - but that is not true'
Students in the city said their university experience is far from what they have imagined amid cancelled end of year celebrations and postponed graduation ceremonies.
Many said that they replaced the "exciting" nights out with modest barbecues in their gardens, hoping they will not receive noise complaints.
It comes after a student was fined £10,000 for organising a party on Harrington Drive in Lenton that "got out of hand" and left many residents in tears.
However, many are now saying that they have been missing out on experiencing "the best years of their lives".
Second year student Harriet Page, of Lenton, 20, said: "We had a few complaints from our neighbours in the last year, even if we did not do much.
"I would have probably been more disappointed if I were in my final year.
"I can at least hope that next year will be better.
"It is just very disappointing because we were told that the student years are the best - but that is not true."
Other students said they made the most of it once their favourite pubs reopened.
Second year student Pierre Mills, 21, added: "I would usually go to the pub with my mates and then return home for the party.
"It is nothing we can do about it, and we do not want to get in trouble so it is just a few of us.
"We never had crazy parties with a lot of people like the other who later got fined for it did - there is a subtle line."
For final year students who have just graduated, the end of year celebrations were far from what it was expected.
It comes after Nottingham Trent University has confirmed its Class of 2021 graduates will now not have their ceremonies until Easter 2022.
Broadcast graduate Jordan Holdstock, 23, said: "Honestly it sort of passed me by a little bit.
"I think the closest I came to an official end of uni celebration was accidentally bumping into people as they were taking pictures outside of the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism.
"My house also had the incredible luck of having to go into self isolation around the end of university.
"And then on coming out of it there seemed to be loads of people just starting their period of quarantine too so for me it's been pretty quiet compared to what had been hoped for and expected."
Chemical engineering student James Gale, 21, added: "It would have been better for us if the clubs were open, but we did not have that opportunity.
"At the end of the day, it is not about where you are, it is the people you are surrounded by.
"As long as you have got your friends with your it is always fun."