September is upon us which means that people are starting the big life change that is starting university. It’s a scary time. Moving in with people you don’t know, living on your own for the first time, moving away from your home town. Here are a few things I learned in my first year of uni.
1. Times will get hard. It’s all change. You will be challenged with things, be it uni work, or problems with flatmates. That’s life, but don’t let it get you down. If you’re having problems with work or deadlines, the university have people there to help. Don’t be afraid to ask; it’s their job. Problems with flatmates can be slightly more grating and frustrating but just try to be nice to everyone and stay out of drama. If someone has done something like used your kitchen stuff and not washed it, don’t go in all guns blazing. Calm down and sort it out in a friendly manner. If you start arguing about little things, it will turn into a rivalry or a loss of friends. Just chill and if things are serious, get the uni involved.
2. Try to make lots of friends. If you stick to the same people then you’ll get bored and never expand your friendship group. There will be lots of events on in freshers week for you to meet new people. Remember, everyone there is in the same boat so don’t be afraid to just go up and say hello to someone you think you’d get on with.
3. Join a club or society. This sort of leads on from the last point. Clubs and societies are great ways to meet new people and learn/develop skills. It’s a great escape from your house mates and most clubs will have a great social side organising nights out or events.
4. Be really careful with your money. Even if you get the full amount of loan, it’s so easy to spend it all on pointless stuff you don’t need. I was awful at budgeting last year and my shopping addiction really didn’t help. You don’t want to get in the habit of friends or family lending you money because that will just get you down. Assign yourself a certain amount of money per week and don’t spend more than you’ve stated. Yes, of course go out and have fun, but nights out don’t have to cost a bomb. Some of the best nights out are cheap or free.
5. Have fun. These are meant to be the best years of your life. It’s before you enter the real world so enjoy it. Make memories and don’t get too bogged down with drama. Make the best of the situation even if it’s not as good as you’d hoped (like my uni was).
These are only a few things to help you get by. You’re there to get an education but you need to learn how to live independently, make new friends and survive.
If you have any top tips or want to ask me anything about my uni experience, just comment down below!
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