Congratulations to all of you who got your A-level results today and are going to uni, or even if you’re not. I can’t believe it was 6 years ago since I was in this position and on my way to uni (where does the time go?) I went off to Lincoln to study BA Hons Fashion Studies, and spent three years there. I had good times and bad times at uni, but I wouldn’t change any of it, as it taught me a lot of life lessons and through that I made some of the best friends in the world.
I think I’m going to do a couple of post’s on starting university and my experience at university, but for now I’m going just give my top ten pieces of advice, inspired by the #uniadvice tag on twitter
- Talk to people – I know it’s daunting, but make the effort to say hi to your new flatmates and coursemates. Knock on doors and introduce yourself, invite them out for a drink on the first night, organise things! I met my best friends Becca, by knocking on her bedroom door the first night I moved in, six years on we are still having wine nights.
- Don’t get too drunk during freshers week – I know I sound like such a bore, but this advice was given to me before I went to uni and it turned out to be pretty good advice. By all means drink and enjoy yourself, but don’t over do it. A girl on one of my house-mates courses got that drunk at one of the first course parties she had to be taken away in an ambulance, and we’ve all seen the embarrassing drunken photos on the internet. First impressions count for a lot and you don’t want to be remembered as the one who turned into a massive dickhead when they were drunk at freshers.
- Organise yourself – Again this sounds boring, but it will help a lot when you’ve finally gotten over the madness of freshers and freshers flu, plus its a good excuse to buy new stationary! Write down all your lectures times and assignments and try and do them little and often, rather then the big all nighter rush. Been there done that and it’s not fun.
- Learn to cook – I mean properly cook not just shoving food in the microwave or getting take out all the time (Not that there is anything wrong with the occasional take away stumbling home at 4am) If you don’t eat well you’ll feel it, and it will make motivating yourself for those 9am lectures that little bit harder. You can get lots of awesome, budget friendly recipes online!
- Socialise – I’m not just talking about going out drinking, join society’s, take up a new hobby and really make the most of everything uni has to offer. Go to the freshers fair and see what’s out there. You’ll not get such a wide variety of activities right on your doorstep again.
- Be yourself – This might sound really silly, but a lot of people go into uni with this idea of how they want to be or changes they want to make and end up trying to be something they’re not. Don’t be afraid to say no if you don’t want to do something and don’t feel you have to give in to peer pressure to fit in. 🙂
- Be smart with your finances – Again I sound boring, but don’t blow all your student loan at once. Try and budget a little so you can live and eat properly, and try not to use your overdraft or student credit card if you can avoid it. Also make the most of your student discount/ freebies. When I was at uni McDonalds gave you a free cheeseburger with your meal if you showed them your student card.
- Discount shops will be your best friend – you can find some really good stuff in there! Wilkinsons is really good for homeware stuff, and I used to find some great fancy dress stuff in the pound shop. Be a bargain hunter!
- Do your share of house duties – Don’t be that lazy dickhead who won’t help. Nobody likes them.
- Ask for help if you need it – Whether you’re struggling with your course, homesickness or house-mates, don’t try and cope on your own. Uni’s have a range of services to help if you are feeling down or just want somebody to talk to.
I could probably go on and on here but I’ll leave it at that. I’ll be doing a couple more posts on my uni experiences so keep an eye out.
Feel free to comment or tweet me with any questions