so with my first year at university almost over I thought now would be a good time make a list of useful advice for those of you about to begin your university adventure! Hope you enjoy them 🙂
1- University is not an American sit-com
Many people have a distorted view of university which comes from watching shows such as The Inbetweeners or The Big Bang Theory. I admit these shows are great, but you are much more likely to spend your uni days binging these shows on Netflix than actually living their lifestyle! This doesn’t mean that you won’t attended wild parties, just that realistically you will spend more of your time napping than anything else.
2-Your parents probably don’t know best!
Ok, this one is quite controversial but the truth is more often than not they are just as clueless as you when it comes to university life. Whether they’ve never been to university or attended a long time ago times have changed, things are different and it will be hard for them to fully understand the lifestyle you have become a part of. This doesn’t mean that they can’t give you great advice, just that you need to cut them some slack if they don’t understand the importance of deadlines, societies or housing pressures.
Socialisation is arguably the most important part of univerisy life. Everyone is in the same boat and usually ready to make friends and have fun. Embrace the opportunity to walk around the streets shoeless and dressed as ‘Where’s Wally.’ You will never have the chance to do it again!
4- You will not like everyone.
If the first person you meet doesn’t become the best bud you’ve always dreamed of, don’t panic! It’s ok not to like everyone and undoubtedly some people will not like you either. That’s life. If you meet people you don’t like, move on. It’s not the end of the world.
5- You will probably grow to hate your first year flatmates.
When you first move into halls everyone seems lovely and friendly but as time moves on you notice that Hannah never empties the bin or that James comes home at 3am screaming. It’s fine. Grit your teeth and get through it. You are all just people with nothing in common forced to live together for a year. It won’t be film nights and pre drinks all of the time. Deal with it.
6- Finally, don’t forget those back home!
Univerisy might be all exciting and cool but sometimes a chat with your best friend from home or a day out with your mum is the best thing ever! The people you care for the most have not disappeared because you’ve moved out, make an effort to stay in contact and meet up with your old pals. Who else can you bitch about uni to? :p
Thanks for reading my list, hope it helped! Let me know in the comments if there is anything that you think should be added :). Xx