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FOTO: MAGNUS EKELI MULLIS

KORRESPONDENTEN: Romkameraten min har studert pA? to av verdens mest prestisjetunge universitet, men klarte likevel A? knivstikke sin egen fot to uker inn i oppholdet.

TEKST AV: Magnus Mullis, tidligere journalistikkstudent ved UiB som nA?r tar master politisk sosiologi i London. FOTO: LENE RISHOLT THORBJA?RNSEN

TEKST AV: Magnus Mullis, tidligere journalistikkstudent ved UiB som nA?r tar master politisk sosiologi i London. FOTO: LENE RISHOLT THORBJA?RNSEN

Fra jeg fikk endelig beskjed om at jeg faktisk skulle bruke det neste A?ret i London, pA? London School of Economics and Political Science, brukte jeg uforholdsmessig mye tid pA? A? tenke, grue meg og glede meg. Jeg lurte sA?nn pA? hvordan det egentlig skulle bli A? bo i det som trygt kan kalles en verdensmetropol, om fagene kom til A? bli vanskelige, og om jeg kom til A? vAi??re god nok. Hva ville det A? studere i London vAi??re? Ai??n mA?ned ut i oppholdet har jeg gjort meg opp noen tanker.

Ai?? bo i London er A? dele leilighet med polske Nadia og norske Kristin, samt fem asiatiske studenter vi ikke ser sA? mye til. Nadia har studert ved bA?de Sciences Po i Paris og ved Cambridge, men klarte likevel A? knivstikke sin egen fot to uker inn i oppholdet. Vaktmesteren begynte A? grA?te da han tidlig pA? morgenen sA? alt blodet, og huseieren ba henne instendig om A? ikke besvime pA? den dyre sofaen i resepsjonen. NA? mA? jeg bAi??re dagligvarene hennes, A?pne dA?rer og vaske tA?y, men jeg synes egentlig det er kjekt A? kunne vAi??re til hjelp.

Ai?? studere i London er A? se seg rundt i klasserommet og se jevnaldrende mennesker som skriver, tenker og snakker pA? en mA?te jeg aldri hadde kunnet forestille meg. Fremtidige beslutningstakere, nAi??ringslivsledere og journalister. Noen av dem studerer pA? LSE mens de jobber i parlamentet, i Clinton Foundation og i The Times pA? si. Det er lett A? tenke at her har jeg tatt meg vann over hodet, at jeg muligens ikke burde vAi??re her.

Da er det fint A? kunne sitte pA? pub med de samme glansbildene og oppdage at jo, de er faktisk vanlige folk de ogsA?. De deler de samme bekymringene som meg, foreslA?r A? begynne pA? fotball med meg, og vil at jeg skal fortelle mer om hvor realistisk Skam er. Arbeidsmengden er til tider vanvittig, men det fA?les lettere nA?r andre ogsA? synes det er mye.

Ai?? leve i London er A? haste over Waterloo Bridge og legge merke til nye detaljer hver dag. Noen ganger hender det jeg mA? smile, som for eksempel da en mann gaulet ut: Ai??Oh come on guys, have you never seen the fucking police beforeAi?? da forvirrede pendlere stoppet opp for A? overvAi??re en pA?gA?ende politiaksjon. Massene spredte seg relativt raskt etter en demonstrasjon pA? indre justis jeg knapt har sett maken til. Eller som da businessmannen satte seg ned pA? fortauet sammen med uteliggeren for A? dele en wrap, en kaffe og en prat midt i ettermiddagsrushet.

Iblant savner jeg kveldsturene opp LA?vstakken, nattmaten pA? Valeri og utsikten fra Studvest-kontoret. Men stort sett er det A? bo i London, hA?re om Brexit og Harry Kane, bo med den fargerike gjengen i leilighet 709, egentlig midt i blinken.

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