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Get on goldrush

Written by Lifestyle

Gold Rush: In the final weeks of University or College when you rush to f*** all the people you’ve failed to in the past, or who you have liked throughout studying but never had an opportunity to get with. It usually takes place in the final weeks of studying since you are unlikely to see these people again post-graduation.

As the ever-useful Urban Dictionary states, Gold Rush is the idea that for third years, you’re leaving university so now would be the time to try to hook up with any people you couldn’t in the past. Whether that be because it would be ill-advised or just plain difficult, it’s the people like course mates or flatmates that you’ve avoided getting with to escape the later awkwardness, but is there value in the idea?

“If it’s the awkwardness issue that’s relatable but surely if it was a real burning desire you wouldn’t have paid too much attention to the consequences”

The first thing to consider is which target to acquire, it has to be fairly realistic, there’s no point in gold rushing that obscenely hot lecturer a lot of courses seem to have or something equally unfeasible, because that’s just setting yourself up for failure…

Secondly you might want to have a think on why you haven’t got with them over the past 3 or 4 years. If it’s the awkwardness issue that’s relatable but surely if it was a real burning desire you wouldn’t have paid too much attention to the consequences.

Speaking of consequences, if it’s someone you want to keep in contact with and the reason you haven’t gone there in the past is friendship, you might want to have a reconsideration there, because those reasons will still apply post-uni…maybe.

In theory, it’s a decent idea. You’ve spent your whole university time not hooking up with someone to avoid the fallout, but if you do it in the last few weeks the fallout will be minimal, justifiable even.

If it’s a housemate, it might be an idea to wait until the very last few weeks, because you still have to live with them up until the end, so awkward mornings should be kept to a minimum where possible. Just as a suggestion.

“If it’s a housemate, it might be an idea to wait until the very last few weeks, because you still have to live with them up until the end, so awkward mornings should be kept to a minimum where possible”

If there’s someone you’ve spent your time at uni considering but dismissing because of the ramifications, gold rush seems like the perfect solution, but is it an actual thing? Unsurprisingly yes. The University of Leicester is where the practice was born, or at least the phrase for it was. That means that there were enough students participating in the tradition that it became a coined phrase.

Last modified: 9th May 2016

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