It's that time of year again where a lot of you will be starting university or at least going back, I thought I’d write a short post regarding a few pointers whether you’re new or returning students, hopefully you'll gain value from this post.
If you’re new to uni this year I’m sure you’re very nervous especially if you’re living away from home, everything will be a new experience for you, you’ll most certainly be out of your comfort zone. which is a great thing, embrace it.
First off, talk to people, talk to strangers, talk to the lecturers, everyone and anyone, make sure you get acquainted with as many people as you can, it helps a lot for both parties. And at the end of the day you’re all in the same boat so it makes it that much more appropriate to make as many friends as you can. Finances are key, living away from home can sometimes be costly, make sure you’re budgeting well, there are a thousand and one budgeting apps out there but at the end of the day they’re pointless if you can’t discipline yourself to follow any of them correctly. Spend wisely and enjoy. The first year is all about getting used to the whole system and the way things work both academically and outside of uni. Make sure you’re using your time wisely, if a person wants you to go out but you find yourself behind on work DO THE FUCK*NG WORK and then reward yourself by going out. By doing the work you’ll ensure your place in second year.
Congrats you made it past the first year, now this is when it truly gets tough and I really mean that, I didn’t tell the first years that their year is super pips just to be cautious but second year is when you really need to pull your socks up. Time management your ass off, make sure each hour is accounted for and make sure you’re as focussed as you can be, fatigue isn’t an option. So get the sleep you need, and eat the right foods. Spend a lot of time with the tutors, they know whats needed for a first, they know! So spend as much time as you can with them. As a returning student you’ll realise that it slowly becomes about you, you’ll have learnt how you work and how you function and if it contrasts with some of your peers then thats ok, its your degree at the end of the day.
Go at your own pace, have fun, just not too much fun.