University can be a whirlwind of partying, studying and dirty laundry. Here is some of my advice on how to manage it all
1. Save money Try to put aside a little at a time because you never know when you might need it for rent, groceries or a spontaneous night out.
2. Find out what you’re entitled to See what facilities or services the uni can provide. Make it work for you.
3. Ask questions No question is stupid. Make sure that if you want to know something that could help you, you find out the answer.
4. Find out if your social spaces and places are accessible It could be a pub, bar or common room. If it’s not accessible ask if any reasonable changes could be made for you and other disabled students in the future.
5. If something isn’t working for you, tell someone Don’t suffer in silence. If getting from one lecture to another is difficult or your accommodation doesn’t meet your needs, tell someone.
6. Get a dicatphone Lectures can be long so invest recording device so you can go back and listen to stuff again later.
7. Studying Figure out what’s the best way for you. I normally listen to music to help with ideas when writing essays, I suggest jazz classical or something instrumental. If it’s Beyoncé and Drake I get distracted singing along.
8. Plan your time effectively Balance your time so you can get to lectures, go grocery shopping and socialising. Try to be organised.
9. Don’t get overwhelmed Starting university can be daunting. You have to deal with a lot of changes in a short space of time. Breathe. I guarantee you’ll get through it and it really does get better.
10. Stay on top of your work load It might seem like a lot but if you stay on top of it, you will be fine. Don’t wait until the last minute to write an essay. I used to give myself at least a week before the actual deadline to be done
11. Take something with you that reminds you of home Pictures, stuffed animals, keyring – whatever is personal to you. It’ll make the change a little easier.
12. Call home every so often Even though it’s a time to be independent, chances are your mum is missing you and is worried that you’ve been partying too much and not eating properly. Call home so your parents know that you’re doing great (it’ll help you too).
13. Learn how to do practical day-to-day things Learn to cook your favourite meals, what setting to wash your best shirt on and try to keep your place clean. Or you could just live off of takeaways, buy new clothes and live in dirt but it might be expensive and unhygienic.
14. Be open minded Come out of your comfort zone. It’s a time to discover and explore new things.
15. Make new friends University is a great opportunity to meet people who are interested in similar things to you who you might not have met if you didn’t come here.
16. You can change your mind University isn’t for everyone and that’s okay BUT rather than leaving after just a term or two, try to stick it out until the end of the first year – you might find it might just be a hump that you can get over.
17. Do you Be yourself, it’s a time to find out who you are. Try new styles, go to concerts, festivals, parties and be young!
18. Have Fun! Create your own path, go on your own journey, enjoy the experience!!!