My University Experience - The Highs & Lows

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

So its coming to that time of year where everyone is going back to school and joining a new year group or maybe you're preparing for your first year of University. If you're anything like i was then you're probably pretty scared and a little apprehensive about the whole experience. It is defiantly a very big step in your life and lots of things start changing.

For one, most of you will be living on your own for the first time away from home and that alone can be very scary! Not only that but you're moving to a new place and making new friends and starting a new chapter in your life and your education!

When I embarked on this journey this time last year I was in exactly the same boat. Everything was new and scary and I didn't quite know what to expect. I wanted to share my experience and some of tips so that any of you who are going through this new chapter can feel a little more at ease.

My 5 Top Tips:

1. Don't over pack clothing! - As you probably know if you went to visit your halls there isn't a lot of room and there really isn't. Make sure you have the essentials you're going to need but try and back the bare minimum. If you're not that far away from home you can always pop back on a weekend or in the holidays to grab some things you may have forgotten but for the most part, you really will make do with what you have. The main things you need are : comfy clothing for lectures or lounging around, going out clothes for freshers or any other nights when you'll be partying, and just a few casual outfits for normal days.

2. Don't hide away in your room - When you're in a new place and you feel a bit lonely and maybe homesick the worst thing you can do is just shut yourself away in your room. trust me! it makes things a lot worse and gives you too much time to think about home. Try and mingle and get to know your house mates or roommates, remember you will all be in the same position so no one will feel overly confident. Freshers is a great way of getting to know people and making new friends, so try your hardest to get yourself out there and have fun!

3. Budget!  - For most of you when you get your student loan it will be the most money you've probably ever seen in your bank account. This is very dangerous because that money isn't going to last! It may look like a lot but you don't realise how much it costs to live on your own! It is very tempting to spend loads of money on clothes and whatever you enjoy spending your money on but that just means you won't have enough money to eat towards the end of the term! Budgeting is a great way of making your money last. Maybe even having two many accounts where you pay yourself a certain amount a day or a week so your money lasts.

4. Don't forget to study - With everything being new and there being lots of changes in the first few weeks of uni it can be quite easy to forget the real reason you're there. Remember that you're the one that is effectively paying for this education and there's no point in being there if you're not going to put effort in. It may be more work than you're used to and it may be harder than you were expecting but there are always lecturers and people around you who can support you, There are helpful library and even help desks on campus so you never have to fee like the work is dragging you down.

5. Don't Panic - It's very easy to feel overwhelmed at university, you are dealing with lots of new experiences and sometimes it can all get a bit much. Just remember you're not alone! There are guaranteed to be other people there who feel the same and who may be struggling just like you. Reach out to people of you're having a down day, you'll have new friends or even old friends who will be there for you, there are always helplines or an email you can use for any help or assistance you may need, and always remember that your family are only a call or a text away!

University is tough, for some people it can be quite hard (I defiantly struggled), but for the majority of people its the best experience in the world and they wouldn't change it. It's usually only 3 years of your life and you should try to enjoy and take in every moment because at the end of it you really will be pushed into the big wide world!

I hope this post made you maybe feel a little more at ease about University, not everyone has the same experience but if its anything like mine you'll really love it in the end!x