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.
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.