1. Higher education in Norway is free of charge. In addition, the state gives the student a small scholarship. You can also take out a loan for your personal needs during your studies.
  2. Market research shows that students are the largest group of online poker players. In different countries, this figure ranges from 20 to 30% of all online poker enthusiasts. The skill of bluffing can come in handy in a credit game: it’s always good to play good face on a bad ticket…
  3. The student is getting old. It’s a fact. At least in Europe, people are going into education at an increasingly later age. In Switzerland, for example, the average student age is already 25.5.
  4. The length of the Harvard Bridge is “364.4 smut and another ear”. This measure of length came from the surname of the student, Oliver Smoot, with whom students measured the bridge in 1958. The one hundred and seventy centimeters Oliver was moved along the roadway and marks were made, which were nearly lost when the bridge was reconstructed. Curiously, Smoot himself took a seat in the House of Weights and Measures – he became head of ISO (International Standards Organization).
  5. One of the classic men’s penny loafers owes its name to a student superstition. These shoes have a slot in the tongue where you put a coin. One tradition dictates that students hide a penny (or any other kind of cash) in their shoes before an exam to make sure they get a lighter ticket and a better teacher. Some, however, believe that it is better to put not a coin, but a banknote (or better several).
  6. There’s an amusing tradition at Yale University. Older students like to share their notes with their younger classmates so that knowledge is shared from generation to generation and freshmen don’t have to use the essay writing service to prepare for classes. Although the latter become indebted for it. You don’t have to pay any money, though. The person who takes notes gets greenish green around the eyes to make them look like headlamps and then rides on the back of the student who helped him out for a few hours.
  7. Arguing with teachers is expensive. This was proved once again by one cheeky Oxford student who asked for a mug of beer during an exam. The ancient tradition of the university allowed this. The student received his drink but was immediately fined by his teacher. But not for drinking alcohol at all. The resourceful teacher referred to an even older custom: it was forbidden for students without a sword to appear at an examination.
  8. The students are very good at making non-trivial decisions. Sometimes out of carelessness. The mathematician George Danzig, for instance, was late for class at the university and mistook an equation on the blackboard for his homework. It took him several days to get the answer. Then it turned out that he had tackled two “unsolvable” statistical problems that were beyond the reach of established scientists. Danzig just didn’t know they didn’t have the solution – and found it over the weekend.
  9. “An honesty exam”. At the famous Princeton University in the US, students write their written exams without teachers in the classroom. It’s all about the university’s “Code of Integrity”, the traditional solemn oath that all first-year students must take without exception. Students pledge in the oath that as good citizens they will not cheat on exams.
  10. A parcel for the Pope. A very curious and funny tradition exists at Georgetown University in the USA. University students unscrew and steal the hands from the Healy Hall tower clock and for some reason send them by special parcel to the Pope of the Vatican. Despite the best efforts of the special guard and the pleas and demands of the University administration, the hands of the clock continue to disappear regularly every five to six years.

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Last Update: November 30, 2021