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MarshmawoMarshmawo1 year ago
Do you still collect and/or display your collection while at uni?

Ill hopefully be starting uni soon, as long as i get the points (i was given a conditional offer so as long as i get the points ill be fine, but im rly freaking out over it lol since i have no motivation to do my assignments and wow the year is ending FAST) and ive been wondering, is it normal for people to still collect while at uni?

im not exactly planning on bringing figures with me or my whole manga collection but i was wondering if anyone else has done that. ill be staying at uni for 4 years, which is quite a while imo and while ill be going home every now and then ill be quite a ways away; what if i go to a local con and buy a figure or manga/merch/etc. it doesnt really help that my chosen course is english language with japanese orz

ive had a lot of personal issues with being labeled a weeb/people only seeing me as a weeb and nothing else so im... very hesitant to bring anything that could tell people i like anime. due to my course subjects i dont want someone to find out i like anime then to be like "ahhh so youre here because youre a weeb. got it".
i want to make friends there since we'll be spending a year abroad in japan too, but im not sure i want people to know im so into anime i collect anime merch. idk now that i read it back its a bit dumb and i know i can decorate my room however i want, i guess id just like other people's opinions on it

appoligies for any typos im a bit frazzled bc bad mental health orz though ty for any help, i really appreciate it!
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I don't think it's strange for people to have an interest in Japan because of anime and manga, especially among young adults, and particularly among students enrolled in a university subject about Japan/the Japanese language. Calling you a "weeb" because you like to collect anime merchandise would be out of ignorance and/or prejudice - you can't please everyone. I would think less of someone for calling me a "weeb".
11 months ago
I know this is a month old but I also wanted to add my piece.

I’m 25 but I’m going to be moving to York this September to begin university (Japanese, what a surprise). I don’t plan on taking a lot of figures but some small ones for my desk and definitely some plushies to decorate my room whilst I’m there.

I can understand your worries. I live in a small town and way back when I was a teen, I was the only person who liked anime in my school. “Weeb” wasn’t a term used back then but people always pointed out my weird hobby. But I honestly don’t care.

I’m 25 now and despite what everyone thought, I never grew out of my anime phase. If anything, it’s more intense now than when I was a teenager. I don’t mind people knowing what I like because it’s a part of who I am.

Anime wasn’t so mainstream as it was ten years ago. It’s more commonplace for people to like it so you shouldn’t be singled out. You’re going to be going to university. A place filled with adults, people over eighteen. You shouldn’t have to worry about being bullied because you’ll be around adults, not immature kids who want to impress their stupid friends.

Also, if you’re going to be studying Japanese, there’s probably gonna be anime fans like yourself on the same course. There’s most likely an anime society at your university too!

Be true to yourself and good luck with your studies!
11 months ago
ty for all the help everyone! ;_; i will be doing my best to reply to everyone
1 year ago
i brought my whole shelf and my favorite figures with me for dorm tbh. its presence at the dorm gives me enough joy that its worth it. the worst that ever happened was a guy saw my shelf and got excited i was a geek girl and asked for my number even though he was just there to help me with a lockout cause he was an RA.
1 year ago
I dont dorm but I am going to start my bachelor degree this fall. Collecting and being in college isn't hard for me because I'm lucky enough to live at home, dont have Bill's to pay for, and work a part time retail job. But I still can't go crazy and order like ten figures a month of something, not that I would because I'm very picky and careful about what I buy now.

Anyway, I'd recommend only bringing figures with you to university if you're either dorming in a room by yourself or with someone you trust. I dont dorm but I have heard quite a few horror stories from people at my college about roommates stealing clothes and even undergarments from them. . . .

Also, you shouldn't be afraid of people calling you a weeb. As long as you're a well-rounded individual (and you seem to be) who knows what they're passionate about, then you shouldn't let anyone stop you from expressing it. If you like anime, you should be allowed to should it off. I'm not saying come to class with a body pillow or something, but maybe like have a anime charm on your bag or wear a shirt with a subtle nod to your favorite anime. Even if something small, you should be able to wave your anime fan flag with pride. . . . . . I'm sorry if this paragraph came off as weird, rude or a bad example, its 3AM and I'm weird full of a lot of energy and I honestly dont know how to properly say what I want to say. I can't say I've never been afraid of being called a weeb, but even now that doesn't stop me from showing my love for anime. I just aim to try to do it in a way I'm comfortable with, so I wear anime jewelry, watches, and charms on my phone. Sometimes I wear shirts and hoodies, but for the most part, I subtly display my otaku-ness.... Sorry this comment was so long.>_<
1 year ago
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I brought my figures with me to display in my dorm in college. I felt like I could be myself in my room and it was my personal place of comfort. If I had friends come in who didn't understand it they still appreciated it and thought it was interesting.

You should totally bring yours to college!
1 year ago
It definitely depends on where you'll be living, and honestly if I was in your shoes. I would bring some of my collectibles and store it in a closet or a cupboard that's personally mine and mine alone. For example, all my anime merch is hidden in a storage closet in my bedroom, where my figures and anime and manga are displayed proudly in that compartment.

Also, I understand not being comfortable with being labelled as a weeb, but I don't think hiding your love and interests, is the best way to make some long-lasting friends. But that's just me. Best of luck.
1 year ago
Definitely depends on what kind of living space you have and who you're sharing it with, if anyone. On my trades course (military) living on base, we had single rooms. I'm not a big collector, and only bought one figure during that time, but had it on display along with the manga I bought then, and a nendoroid brought from home. picture/1958245... It was nice to be able to see something really me while stuck living in a place where all the furniture, linen, even most of the clothes in the closets were the same as everyone else, haha. And it was kinda amusing to think about the reaction of whoever was doing inspections.
1 year ago
Years ago (1965-1970) when I attended MU-Columbia campus) I spent my first 2 years in the college dorm system before moving off-campus the remaining years. I never kept anything collectable at the dorm or the off-campus residences. Although room was a premium on campus the main concern was theft, nonchalance, non-caring youth who still needed a few months to years to mature before developing a modicum of respect or common sense re treating other peoples' space, things.

The concerns off-campus were minimal as grad students tend to seek other forms of relaxation than noticing/damaging off-beat diversions 1 of their undergrad ilk might entertain.

Back then if I had anything larger than a 5x7 b&w photo or 35mm slide that I can keep inside my desk I relegated it/that to my aunt/uncle's farmhouse located a 2-hr drive away. Their kids were grown, out. Stuff then had a snowball's chance in hell as long as I was a visitor every weekend or every other weekend. Unfortunately, this hideaway became a liability post-1959 when my juvenile/minor cousin would come over to play with anything he could find. Toys I had saved from childhood or college in like new/excellent condition became fair/poor once exposed to the elements outside by my relation; boo hoo.
1 year ago
i'm actually in the exact same boat as you; i'm provisionally starting uni in september and i packed up all my figures already. the thing for me is i'm really not sure if i'm gonna be able to get a room/living space for myself or find something with a lot of roommates and i think a lot of it depends on that + how permanent the place is gonna be.
either way, i think starting with taking a few smaller figures/merch/manga for in a bookcase or on your desk isn't a bad way to go. might even turn out to be a fun conversation piece for ppl who wanna get to know you!
if your stuff can safely be stored at your current place i say there's no need to bring everything over right away, just kinda wait and see what the situation calls for :>
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