University starts in just under a month from today, but for those starting university for the first time, or going back to continue your studies, are you ready to dwelve right back into it? Continue reading for some university tips and advice.
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I am no expert. I am not a graduate. I am a student, just like a lot of you. I’ll be starting as a first year student in a month, but have already completed a year, so this and my friends is where I can offer advice from. Now, not all the advice I can give will help you, or apply to you. But I wanted to offer advice that school and UCAS and websites specifically for universities always miss out.
So let’s get crackin’ with the list (so it’s easier and not super boring for y’all)
1. Don’t miss lectures, you will not catch up. You will tell yourself you will, but you won’t. Mark my word.
2. If you are entitled to a bursary, take advantage of it! You are paying a crap load of money to study, you are going to be ridiculously in debt, and most likely broke for the next few years. The bursary money will help you stay sane, feed you, and help with Christmas and birthday presents. Find out if you’re entitled to one!
3. Don’t choose your grades over your mental health. University is draining and so so stressful. Grades are extremely important but remember to take care of yourself too! Put yourself first, always.
4. Study what you love, with all your heart. Not something that will get you a good job, and definitely not something that your friends or others are doing. I made a mistake and wasted a year, don’t do the same (read about that here).
5. Don’t go to university to get drunk every other day. Don’t go to university for hook ups. Don’t go to university for freedom. If you are going, go for your education, life lessons and experiences. Don’t forget the main reason you are there. I’m not saying don’t have fun, do have fun! Definitely have fun! But, remember you’re there to study too!
6. That student finance looks tempting in your bank account. But, leave it there. Don’t go buying designer good or booking extravagant holidays or just being stupid. You won’t have enough food for a good meal. Pace yourself.
7. Write clear notes! Write clear notes! Write clear notes! and then organise them! These will be a lifesaver during exam time and for assignments.
8. You only need 40% to pass the first year (generally). It’s helpful. First year generally does not count for your final grade. But this does not mean you can slack. What you learn in first year is what will help you throughout your degree. Pay attention and graft, or just go home and save yourself money and time.
9. Do not change yourself to make friends. Do not expect to make best friends in your first week, term, or year. You most likely will make good friends at some point, but so so many people I know haven’t found people they’d like to call ‘friends’ in the first year. And that is totally okay!
10. If you are struggling, tell someone. Specifically your tutor. They are a lot more supportive than they let on (generally!). Tell your coursemates who you talk to. Tell someone. Do not suffer alone.
11. If you live in shared accommodation, do not take your flatmates food! Do not take their milk. Do not take their bread. Do not take their cheese. Don’t take anything!
12. Save money where you can! But cheaper food! Get clothes in the sale! Use discount codes and student finance! Avoid Starbucks and meal deals! Shop online for cheaper goods (er hello! Ebay? Amazon?) (I wrote a post on how I made £90 by shopping! Read it here!)
13. Only go if you want to. Do not go because you parents wanted you to. Do not go because your friends are. Do not go because everyone on social media is talking about it. Do not go because you think it will give you a high paying job. Do not go because you can go partying every night. Do not go unless you want the degree.
14. Take home comforts with you. It will help you with homesickness. Make your home cosy. (I made a wishlist of things to get for university to make sure I remember it all, works as a checklist too. Click here to read it!)
15. You do not have to dress to impress. You do not have to wear makeup. Turning up to lectures in joggers and a messy bun is acceptable, after first week of course. Just remember to brush your teeth! And use deodorant!
Some of these are very basic pieces of advice, but some to implement regardless.
Are there any university tips or advice you can share that I’ve missed out?
Lots of love,