Welcome to another blog post! Hopefully, as most are, this’ll be another useful post to read!
This time, I’m discussing: University.
If you’re going back to University to study a masters/PhD or if you’re simply going to University for the first time, this post’s for you!
Are you moving away from home and beginning at a new University where you don’t know anyone? Join the University’s Facebook page/group.
Universities across England (and most likely abroad) have forums for Freshers/Freshman’s.
It’s also a good idea to use the Induction Day as a chance to hang out and meet the people on your course or studying similar courses. You’re going to be spending the next few years with them, after all…
DISCLAIMER: Don’t be afraid to be choosy about friends.
I was blessed with mine, but have heard stories where people’s choices in friends at University influenced them in the wrong ways.
Our communities, these days, are getting out of hand.
Unfortunately, we seem to be existing amongst barbarians (London’s crime rates are skyrocketing).
Therefore, please make sure to look out for people, always – on nights out especially.
DISCLAIMER, AGAIN: Stay true to yourself.
University is like starting secondary/middle or high school all over again.
Of course you want to be liked, but you’ll be loved for being yourself.
Find ways to break from the norm and not be swayed by peer-pressure.
Keep In Touch With Family & Friends From Home
Again, if you’ve moved away to attend University, keeping in contact with family and friends from your hometown is vital.
It will keep you levelheaded. You and your friends could always swap notes/introduce your friends to each other, growing your circle.
RING/TEXT. YOUR. PARENTS. EVERY. DAY. Although they talk bravado of “wanting to get rid of you” and such banter, your family (parents especially) will really miss you (and don’t mean any of it).
A family WhatsApp group (if you haven’t already got one setup) is a great way of keeping in contact with family. Swap memes if you have to! Just, keep the conversation alive. Let them know you’re okay, regularly.
Take Advantage Of Your Student Union
They’ll have some great offers on student resources, initiatives and extra-curricular activities to get involved in.
Another idea you should consider is: joining some Societies of interest. You can find out more information regarding this at your SU.
Joining a Society will help you increase your social circle. Hobbies are vital to take your mind off work and/or partying.
Set A Weekly/Monthly Budget
If you’re living away from home for the first time, being completely in charge of your own finances can be daunting.
Schools and colleges don’t teach us about this because Photosynthesis, Pythagoras and Of Mice & Men are more important.
First thing’s first, you need to budget having a good time versus paying your rent and other fees. I can’t stress enough how the most important thing to do is: budgeting.
There are some really good student budgeting apps that you can download too. Try Yolt, I recommend it!
It’s important to remember that you have responsibilities whilst at University, and that although partying all night, every night, is what we all want to do, it’s not feasible – and can leave us out of pocket.
Get a Part-Time Job
If you want to have more money to spend on partying or whatever else, which, let’s face it, everyone who’s not me, will… Get a part-time job.
You can start on a Christmas Temp contract and stay on afterwards (if your contract is extended). This will help you grow your budget.
NUS is the student card you shouldn’t live without.
Sign up to take advantage of some of the greatest offers in Entertainment, Fashion and much, much more!
Sign Up To Relevant Reddit/The Student Room Forums
There must be some Reddit or The Student Room forums that will give you more information on discounts for study or even entertainment resources.
You could even use this to connect with students in other Universities.
Your Hard-Drive or USB Should Be Your Best Friend
Back up your work!
It’s so important to save your coursework, lecture/seminar or exam notes in multiple places because if it’s lost… You’ve got yourself a SHITUATION!
Manage Your Workload
This should’ve been at the top, but I know how everyone (but mine)’s minds work.
Friends, good times, and money (to spend on good times) before actually doing the work required. That’s absolutely fine. We’re all entitled to live our lives the way we want.
I was a geek who kept lists and rewarded myself with several hours of playing Sims, so I could only daydream of being that way inclined.
The best thing (whether you’re a geek like me or a party/good-time seeker) is, we all get to the same destination in the end, and that’s success.
Look After Yourself
Lastly, REMEMBER TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF!
It’s all well & good telling you to look after others, but you are your own responsibility and you come first, always.
Look after yourself by staying healthy, happy and on keeping on track with your assignments.
Balance is the most important. Doing everything in moderation leads us to perfection.
If it’s not impossible/too far, try going home for the holidays. Split your time between home and University, you’ll feel better for it.
I hope this post has helped in given you some tips… If it hasn’t, I’m sorry?
I wish you all the luck with your studies and University is there to be enjoyed.
To conclude, make the most of every year, but particularly the first as that’s the least stressful (education-wise).