Having worked in Bangor now for two years, I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and form some close friendships with people from the area. I understand that I am very fortunate to have had this experience considering the low employment opportunities available in Bangor at the moment. These kinds of friendships are crucial in maintaining a healthy relationship with the local community, as it is important for us to acknowledge some of the frustrations that we as students can cause.
In Bangor it has surprised me how much of a division there is between the local and student communities. This is inevitable as students come and go, but for the majority of people Bangor is their home, and it’s important to remember this; especially during fresher’s. With so much going on during fresher’s week; meeting new people, making new friends and enjoying wild nights out, it is easy to forget that the world doesn’t revolve around student life. It’s important however that we still respect the local community. Loud music from house parties and seeing the streets littered with promotional flyers or other student-aimed pamphlets are just some of the things that can cause understandable frustration.
Bangor is a small, beautiful city with low crime rates and a great atmosphere; it’s only right that we do everything we can to maintain this whilst enjoying and making the most of our time spent here.