Hey guys! Sorry for being inactive the past two weeks, I’ve been starting a new chapter in my life which needed some devotion of time and energy. I’ve been settling into my university accommodation as well as attending lectures about my course and the university itself.
During that first week of welcomes, inductions and tipsy nights I’ve been given some advice that I feel will help a lot of people out in the future.
You probably have heard about the expectations that come with starting a degree at university. The amount of time you will spend doing assignments, exam revision and lecture readings will take up a fair portion of your daily life. I’m not saying that it’s all you should be doing, try joining a society or play some sports with your friends. Your day should not be full of study and reading, university is about trying new things and going out of your comfort zone.
Deadlines, timetables, and readings
When it comes to academic degrees which are very book heavy and difficult to wrap your head around, I would say spend the time to really understand the subject matter before your final exams start. It’s not beneficial to stress over missed notes or difficult modules that you could have easily done when they were fresh in your head. In terms of timetables, always leave yourself some ‘chill time’ where you can just lounge around, talk to your friends or cook something with your flatmates (more on that later). Readings are unavoidable, its easier to read through it before your lecture and be able to follow the professor’s powerpoint when listened to their advice on core readings. I know I
In terms of timetables, always leave yourself some ‘chill time’ where you can just lounge around, talk to your friends or cook something with your flatmates (more on that later). Readings are unavoidable, its easier to read through it before your lecture and be able to follow the professor’s powerpoint when listened to their advice on core readings.
Readings are unavoidable, its easier to read through it before your lecture and be able to follow the professor’s powerpoint when listened to their advice on core readings. My degree which is Law and Business requires a fair bit of reading but in all honesty, reading know will make my revision at the end of the year easier and less stressful.
Socialising & Making friends
Not everyone will click instantly with their flatmates, some are not the type of people you want to surround yourself with, others already have a clique of their own. But that shouldn’t stop you from chatting with them and learning their names, course and where they are from. Socialising will come in two forms, one will be spent with your course/degree buddies and the other with your flatmates or friends from close by. With socialising comes going out for drinks or for a meal, that doesn’t mean that if you don’t want to drink then don’t, no one is there to pressure you into doing something you don’t personally like. There will always be people you get along with better than others. That’s just the university life.
This particular section is more useful for those who had to move out of their parent’s house to live in the university accommodation or nearby. I chose to live at my university as the commute would have been too long especially on days where my schedule was full (like 9am to 5pm). Settling in will require some time getting used to the new layout, the format of your classes and the independence that comes with living for yourself. I would advise going for a walk around your campus and finding where the public transport is, the nearest shop, bar/restaurant and the buildings where your classes will take. If you can then take a friend around and get to know them better. Not everyone will feel great about their university experience, but give it a few weeks or two months and you will know everything there is to know and do around your campus.
It’s inevitable that everyone will feel homesick a few times during their first weeks. I know I did, but what helps is calling your family from time to time to just talk about anything and everything. Bringing photographs and favourite decor from your room at home to your uni room will make the joy of university life a bit more interesting and make you feel more comfortable in your new home.
Now, this list is probably missing a few tips here and there but I know that there are plenty of other people that will tell you the basics of university life. Everyone goes through it in their own way, some struggle, others fly with ease. It’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. University is about finding out who you truly are, whilst meeting great new friends as well as memories that will stick forever (probably).
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out my blog for other advice posts! Until next time…
What is some advice you would give to a first-year student at university?