- Take it seriously. No point doing Snapchat and confirming on Ucas and then you don’t even try. Get it together and do the best you can cause it is hard. Waking up is hard as well. #isit?
- Make sure you are registered with the doctors and dentists. Freshers flu will hit you like no one’s business or something worse and you need to get it sorted. Ain’t nobody got time to putting a bag on a dental check-up. Get a HC2 certificate.
- Don’t let anyone be responsible for your happiness. It is your experience, so you shape it the way you want to.
- Challenge your grades if you don’t think they are correct. Give it to the lecturers and stand for your quality work.
- People will steal your food in your fridge and try and steal your things in University room. Mark tings with a UV pen so you tell people you don’t play them games and your chest is just as high.
- Don’t be afraid to change courses. There is no point of going to University if you don’t like what you study as it could lead to your future career.
- Get to know your new city if you are moving away from home. Find how to walk to and from the city centre, the taxi numbers or which bus or route to walk home safely from a night out, where to go in the city centre, where is the coach/train station is.
- Go in there with an open mindset, you will meet so many different people from different backgrounds so just embrace it!
- Know your bank balance. Know what comes in and what goes out. Budget and spend wisely. I cannot stress this enough. Money will come in and it is usually the most you had but it doesn’t mean you have to spend all of it, this is not Drake and God’s plan, or Student Finance is on Speed dial. #thatsnotyou
- Have an emergency fund just in case a madness happens so you can still live.
- I don’t need to know your life story in the first 10 mins of knowing you I’m so sorry. Keep some things a mystery and some things are better left unsaid.
- Keep in contact with family and friends – You’ll never know who you need or who will fight your corner and you can visit them in different cities.
- Don’t do anything you don’t want to do. Don’t drink if you don’t drink, don’t smoke if you don’t smoke, don’t beat if you don’t want too. Don’t force a lifestyle that you don’t want to live.
- Never underestimate the deadline. It might seem 3 months away but a couple of ‘not doing my assignment’ evenings and doing nights out will catch up on you and now you are stressing since all the laptops are on loan in the library, the printers aren’t working and you didn’t save your last draft, you have ‘lost’ your USB and then your computer that you are working on is doing a Windows Update. FFS not now! Handing in work late is more stress than its worth. Have multiple USB’s and save the work to the cloud!
- Have a support system, go to the student support services if you are feeling like you are suffering from mental health issues or phsycial issues etc and have a good circle around you.
- Just because there is a reading list doesn’t mean you have to buy and read anything. Buy the book 2nd hand from Amazon, Google Books or Oxfam Online or borrow the book from the library.
- Use your student discount to your advantage.
- People will snake you at Uni, I am so sorry to tell you. Hopefully you’ll get your besties and live happily ever after but there is always one goat who tries to mash up your success Keep the same energy. Tell them to move man.
- Have fun, as well as studying – you should be there to henjoy and learn.
- Guys and girls are trash at Uni. Gyal will want to take your man, man want to take your girl. Friendships can be so close but then break like your edges. Be secure in your relationship/friendships – don’t get into a relationship for the culture and communicate if things are going wrong not subliminals on Twirra.
- Apply for internships and jobs – got to be securing the future as well as the present. Take a placement year if you can they are so valuable, and you will learn so much about yourself, the working environment and gain valuable work experience.
There is so much more tips that I could give you but I think 21 is enough! I loved Uni in the end and I would have love to know these tips before hand.
Good luck with your University experience!
Peace until next time,
This Girl Can Write, A
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