My experience at uni so far…

Currently I’m in my second year at university studying French with business management and I can tell you now university isn’t a doddle (well first year maybe but second year is definitely NOT). So in this blog I’m just going to share with you a few things I’ve learnt since coming to uni…

  1. It’s okay to be yourself. Basically what I mean by this is if you don’t want to go out every night of the week and get absolutely trollied then that’s perfectly okay. Its not a university requirement that you go out all the time because A thats such a waste of money and time since you don’t remember anything anyway and B the only thing you do get out of it is a sore head and your feet cursing you from the not so comfy high heels you so desperately tried to wear all night. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go out because I think everybody deserves a good night to let loose, especially in celebration after you say goodbye to those haunting deadlines, but you just shouldn’t be pressured into going out when you don’t want to. I mean who can afford to go out all the time with student loan nowadays anyway.  giphy-5
  2. Be careful with money. On the topic of student loan even though its so tempting to spend that magical sum of money each semester you gotta restrain those little fingers from pressing checkout online or entering those 4 magic numbers in the card machine, because that money runs out quickly and when its gone its gone for good. Unfortunately my student loan didn’t and still doesn’t cover my accommodation or bills so I have a part time job on the side which gets tricky during exam season and when those deadlines creep up but essentially I need it so just gotta deal. So for me I’ve never actually been able to spend any of my student loan to date, sad times.giphy-6
  3. Preparation is key. Now this is something I didn’t quite grasp in first year, the whole idea of organisation, preparation and keeping on top of that endless stream of work, but that’s okay because thats what first year is all about. Theres so many changes that happen at once and so many new things you have to adjust to that you physically won’t get everything right first time so try not to beat yourself up about it. You’ll get there, everyone does just in time and experience. I must admit though this was something I found particularly hard because I’m the most impatient person in the world (thanks dad) so I like to get things right then and there, but sometimes in life you just gotta wait (unfortunately).giphy-4
  4. Don’t compare yourself to others. I’m a massive culprit of doing this, especially because I’m studying French surrounded by such amazing people who are practically already fluent and theres me with no French relatives and having only learnt French at school which wasn’t much help to be honest. You know what I mean, just learning and reciting paragraphs for exams and oh the dreaded unexpected questions which weren’t really unexpected because you knew the topic beforehand, but you’re still sitting there thinking no please no don’t ask me them. Well now I’m learning about French politics and French laws when I don’t even know about my own country’s politics or laws and those dreaded unexpected questions are a just daily occurence but still dreaded. Anyway back to what I was saying about comparing yourself to others, even though you may think you’re the dummy of the class you’re definitely not. Its just at university praise is not really something they do so just prepare yourself for lots in the way of criticism, but don’t worry you will have improved its just they don’t like to tell you that you have #outofschoolreality.          giphy-3
  5. Go to your lectures. Now it may be tempting especially at the end of the semester to miss a few lectures here and there, no one will notice? But you forget that you’re actually paying to go to university and you wouldn’t pay for something unless you wanted it so in a sense you’re just shooting yourself in your own foot. It’s better to go and sit through a whole two hours of someone rambling on about nonsense than missing something crucial in the long run. It may hurt your soul at the moment but it will pay off in the future. And anyway it’s not like you’ve got to go to uni every day for 9 hours straight, I only have to go in 3 times a week (for £9000 a year, totally getting my moneys worth…NOT). giphy-2
  6. Make sure you check your emails and blackboard. Lecturers love to spring unexpected work and deadlines on you so make sure you check your emails/blackboard (blackboard may vary from uni to uni but it is essentially an online portal for all the modules/work you’re currently doing) because you don’t want to turn up to a lecture and feel a sudden rush of panic as the lecturer says I hope you’ve all prepared for your presentation today. At this point you can feel yourself slowly sinking into your chair trying to pretend you’re not there. giphy
  7. You are responsible for your own work. There ain’t nobody who’s gonna remind you to hand that summative essay in or remind you to revise for the big end of year exam, unfortunately my friends is all up to you. That’s what uni is all about, learning to cope and be independent. When that deadline says 3pm Tuesday it means 3pm Tuesday, there’s no bargaining or sweet talking that can be done to change it so if you don’t reach that deadline you’re stuffed!giphy-7
  8. Be careful with that food shop. So first year food shopping is a little trickier as you have to share a kitchen with roughly 8 other people so fridge and freezer space is a little limited. So try not to buy too much food as A you won’t be able to fit it anywhere and B most of the time you’ll end up wasting it which is what i used to do. The key thing is to buy only what you need, which I must admit is quite hard sometimes especially with jars of sauce as they are usually quite large and the smaller versions are more expensive even though there’s less stuff in it. The CHEEK! So my best advice is to shop around. Though this does get a lot easier in 2nd year when you move into your own house with the people you actually chose to live with and less of them, meaning you can have a whole shelf to yourself. Ah the dream! Plus now we tend to do a whole house shop and cook together which makes things so much cheaper and less wastage. Aldi is every students fav place to shop, but I’m also partial to ASDA and Sainsbury’s (mainly because of my staff discount) to get the branded stuff like Belvita breakfast biscuits which are my go to snack. I confess I am a biscuit lover. giphy-10
  9. Make sure you eat your greens. It’s so easy to go crazy with food because this is the first time you’ve been able to properly take control of what you’re eating. So first few months its okay to go crazy but make sure you integrate that staple fruit and veg as well. Now I know fruit and veg can be expensive but this is where Aldi comes in handy again. Aldi fruit and veg is so much cheaper than any other supermarkets, it can be a little but hit and miss sometimes but fruit and veg is unpredictable anyway. So get yourself down to Aldi (or Lidl) because you need that brain food to keep you going, especially during exam season. giphy-11
  10. Enjoy it! Lets face it you’re probably not going to get as much time off as you do at university for a while so enjoy the long ole holidays and enjoy the university experience. Get involved in anything and everything and above all be yourself!source-8

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