All millennials favourite show growing up was ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’. Growing up was tough, but for thirty minutes once a week, we would rejoice as we caught up with Tracy and the gang. Throughout the five series, Tracy went from an unruly, adolescent lout to, err, well we enjoyed it anyway. Yet as unbelievable as it may seem, our life at University closely resembles Tracy’s life at the Dumping Ground. While we don’t tell anyone to ‘bog off’ in 2017, there have been many times where we relate to Tracy Beaker. So sit back and enjoy this great Beaker-themed post.
1. When The Going Gets Tough…
University may give you some amazing moments, but there are some tough times too. And sadly, we’re all partial to a little bit of dramatisation now and then. As Tracy correctly suggests here, University can be a stressful and agonising experience. Yet it doesn’t take much for us to make statements like these, as our friends quickly realise.
2. The Joys of the Student Loan
One of the high points of your University experience is when you get that little innocent text message on your phone from the Student Loans Company. It opens up many doors for you – spending sprees in town, multiple trips to eat out and more. As Tracy shows here, it can be exciting. And even Jackie looks excited about the possibilities.
3. Fresher’s Week
For the first time in your life, you will have total freedom – resulting in a chaotic fresher’s week. Here, you’ll see deals you never thought were possible, with £1 shots proving the highlight. Your facial expression when you see this for the first time closely resembles Tracy’s face above. Fresher’s week turns out to be a great week.
The version of you that makes it to pre-drinks however is totally different to 3am you. You will enter the club confidently, and perhaps you’ve even made a pact with yourself not to embarrass yourself. But, as Tracy proved when she put Adele’s make-up on, a tiger simply doesn’t change its stripes.
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5. The Consequences
For every night out, you will deal with the consequences of your behaviour the next day. Your kind-hearted flatmate will come to check on you, but your head will be hurting so much, that you will just want the peace and quiet. As our beloved Tracy did. Eventually fresher’s week comes to an end, and you’ll settle in to something that partly resembles a normal University life.
6. Coping with the Stresses of University Life
When the essays and various other assignments are thrown at you, your stress levels can rise. Then at this point, suddenly there are an abundance of people who start to annoy you. You regularly take your anger out on them – perhaps you do after all say ‘bog off’ to them. Maybe you even call them a ‘weed’. Poor Peter… he only wanted to be Tracy’s friend.
7. When Your Friend’s Birthday Rolls Round
Yet something that will get you through the tough times is the thought of your friend’s upcoming Birthday. Yet you quickly will learn that your idea of fun isn’t matched by your friend. Tracy and Cam had their differences. But their strong bond saw them eventually ride off into the sunset together, even though Tracy did burn down Cam’s house… The same will happen with you and your friend, even if she doesn’t want a pile of mad adventures, you do, and that’s all that counts.
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8. The Waiting…
Then when the Birthday does get here, you go to meet up with your friend, and what happens, she isn’t ready. However, even though you’ve been waiting outside for a paltry ten seconds, you distort the truth on the phone. Tracy had a habit of doing this, with poor Cam once again on the receiving end of this tirade. Waiting alone waiting for your friend’s can be a common experience at University.
9. When You Grow Tired of your Friends
Then you get those times when you just look at your friends – and wonder what they’re doing. Now and then it can be time to freshen your act up, and if that involves telling your closest friend that she resembles a constipated elephant… then so be it. Tracy didn’t hold back with Justine, and Louise was unpredictable. Click below to see the next nine areas!