Top tips for Univeristy

As I post this, many people would have just found out if they have just got into university and are probably feeling a mixture of emotions, so I thought I would give my top university tips. Uni is very controversial – some people love it, some hate it and some need a degree to do their dream job but for me, university changed my life in many more ways than just a degree. Without going to university, I would not have the friends that I do, my boyfriend, the home that we live in together and a life that I absolutely love.
Before you start:
My main tip here would be Facebook/social media. If you can find groups on Facebook of the fresher’s week/halls/course you will end up meeting people before you even get to university and it helps so much.
Do. Not. Overpack. Do I really need 6 pairs of jeans, 3 fancy dress outfits and 100 photo frames? No, no you don’t. You can easily go back home to pick up things if you think you need more or can buy things as and when you need it. I made the mistake of packing too much and ended up taking most things home at Christmas.
Be prepared and know 110% that this is what you want to do.
While you are there:
Make your room in your flat/house yours. Whether that’s by adding fairy lights, photos to the walls or your favourite teddy, make it your own space as you will be spending most of your time there.
Take every opportunity you get. Go on that conference day, the field trip abroad, use the library facilities and the careers centre. All of these are there to help you out and help you gain experience so use it to your advantage.
Join sports clubs/societies as it’s a great way to meet new people with the same interests as you outside of your course. It also enables you to have that hour or two of exercise a week and a break from studying that you might not give yourself during the week. Joining a sports club for me improved my confidence and let me relax and forget about the stresses of studying.
Don’t forget to study! I worked really hard during first year getting all 1sts and 2:1s but I let that slip during second and third year and even though I still got a 2:1, I could’ve easily gotten a 1st.
If you think you can handle it, get a part time job. It an easy way to get extra money a month, meet people from the new area, enable you to learn new skills and gain experience but it also gives you a break from studying 24/7. Obviously, I know for some courses it hard with placements etc but I would recommend getting one.
Have fun!
After graduating:
Remember that you don’t have to know what you want to do straight away, or go into a graduate job or continue to study. There are so many options that university opens and there is no rush to have it set out as soon as you get your degree.
Keep in contact with friends!
My main tip is remember why you started. Why you applied for uni in the first place, why you spent late nights in the library crying into a textbook. It’s all because you had a dream ahead of you and don’t let the minimum wage retail job stop you from getting your dream.
I hope these tips help people who are heading to university, already at university or have just graduated. I have done it all and I’m even going back to continue my dream. If I can do it, you can.
Let me know what your top tips for uni are in the comments and I’m always available to chat to anyone who needs any advice about university.
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26 thoughts on “Top tips for Univeristy

  1. abbeylouisarose September 6, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Fantastic tips, Liz! I couldn't agree more about not overpacking, I took waaaay too many things in my first year, most of which I just ended up sending home haha! Also great advice that you don't need to have your whole life planned out by graduation, it's ok to take things as they come! Really enjoyed this post!

    Abbey 🌸

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  2. Liz September 6, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Thanks Abbey ☺ I think the overpacking is a thing people do without realising – I certainly did! Of course it is, there's no need to follow everyone else as well, just gotta do things at your own speed!

    Liz x


  3. Britt K September 6, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Great post – University can be a time of growth and discovery if you are willing to embrace it! I agree, don't hold back, jump in with both feet, get involved and make the most out of it!

    Britt |

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  4. Liz September 6, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Thank you! It most definitely is, it's the time that I learnt to 'be an adult' and grew up which I needed! I had the best time at uni!
    Liz x


  5. Liz September 6, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Thank you! I hope so, I've been through it all with uni and I was going to share my experience but that might be for a later post! I just wish I had these tips when I was at uni too!
    Liz x


  6. Liz September 6, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Thank you! Hope your brother gets on ok at uni xx


  7. just-a-kidd September 6, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    I move into uni in 11 days and I'm so nervous! But you tips really helped so thank you, especially about finding people
    on socail media before moving 😊 and I am definitely excited to start studying Geography! 😄

    Lon x

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  8. Heather McLeish September 6, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Some fab tips here! Unfortunately I might have left it too late for University and staying in accommodation but I think someone who is absolutely terrified of starting will really benefit from these.

    Heather xox ||

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  9. Mollie Westhead September 6, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Thank you for these tips, I start in a couple of weeks and am finding these posts so helpful! X

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  10. Liz September 6, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Ahh don't be nervous! You'll love it and it will be the best 3 years! You'll have to let me know all about it fellow geographer! Good luck 😘
    Liz z


  11. Liz September 6, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Thank you! Never say never to it being too late, there's so many different options that if you wanna do uni, you can!
    Liz x


  12. Liz September 6, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    That's ok! I'm glad they could be of help! Good luck with it all x


  13. GirlConquersWorld September 7, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    Ha ha, I sure could have used some of these tips a while back when I first moved away from home for education, especially the one about over-packing. Glad to hear you're going back to achieve your dreams, education is so important nowadays.

    -Girl Conquers World


  14. Luscious Lane September 8, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Omg love this!! I'm going into second year now (wish I read this last year). You have some really great tips and I will 100% take on board the “after graduating” ones! xx


  15. Liz September 14, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    That's ok, thanks for reading and sharing! Xx


  16. Liz September 14, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Yeah so could I! Overpacking is so easily done, I still do it today! Thank you, I can't wait to get started xx


  17. Liz September 14, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Thank you! Good luck in your second year! The after graduating ones are the most important I think! Xx


  18. Liz September 14, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    And me! You already know people before you start so it cuts some of the anxiety! X


  19. Liz September 18, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Thank you! They are the best, joining the sports team was one of the best things I ever did! So useful xx


  20. KatieYvonne September 19, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    As someone who starts uni within the next few weeks this post has been so helpful! There's some really good tips here and I'll be sure to take them on board Xx

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  21. Liz September 20, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Thank you, I'm glad they could be of use! Good luck at uni ☺️Xx


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