Inside St. Andrews
5 questions for the local reporter that went to school with Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Royal connection news flash! NBC San Diego's a.m. reporter and San Diego native Megan Tevrizian was, gasp, a classmate of Prince William and Kate Middleton during their years at St. Andrews University in Scotland. And by classmate, we mean in the same class. At the same pubs. On the same streets! Well, kind of.
She isn't exactly allowed to say much about the experience (more about that in question #5 below), but she did open up to us a bit about what the experience was like when the tiny college town in Scotland became home to one of the most famous men in the world.
1) What is St. Andrews like? We hear it's a tiny town with just a few pubs and a fromagerie?
St. Andrews was unlike any place I had ever been to before. The school is Scotland's oldest University and some of my lectures were in beautifully wood-paneled stone buildings that dated back hundreds of years. The town itself is located on the east coast of Scotland and borders the North Sea. It's a sleepy, historic town with cobblestone streets, a local fromagerie, and only one market. It's home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Course, so the population consisted predominantly of students and tourists. Students liked to brag that there were more pubs per capita in St. Andrews than anywhere else in the UK (we never confirmed whether or not this was true, but there were definitely a lot of pub crawls.)
2) Why did you decide to go to school there and was it difficult to "get in?"
I transferred to St. Andrews my junior year after falling in love with it while studying abroad. The university had an infectious feel to it; the student body consisted of people from across the world and I loved how internationally-minded it was. It has a very good reputation in the UK and abroad.
3) Were you at the infamous fashion show where, according to the rumor mill, Kate first caught William's eye? What was it like?
I wasn't at that 'infamous' fashion show where William apparently fell in love with Kate, because I hadn't transferred there yet. But I did go to the Don't Walk fashion show in the following years. We didn't have a greek system or a big varsity athletic department at St. A's, so our social life revolved around things like these annual fashion shows and formal society balls. It was a big night out and certainly one of the social highlights of the year. My friends who modeled in the shows all said they had a great experience.
4) As an American studying abroad, were you treated differently than other Brits?
Not really. My friends spanned from around the world. That was the beauty of St. Andrews - there were so many students with their own uniquely different point of views. I did notice that the class system was more prevalent there, than it is here in America. But being an American, I felt exempt from the traditional class rankings.
5) Did you have to sign nondisclosure agreements before starting school? What is the consequence for breeching?
The university was understandably protective over William's privacy, and many of my friends remember having to sign a waiver that said we wouldn't pass along any gossip stories to the press. I think, overall, students respected William's privacy and were honored to have him as a fellow classmate, and in return, he treated his fellow classmates as equals.