Sorry for being away for so long, and unfortunately, my blog posts are going to be even more infrequent in the coming weeks, as I am now halfway through semester two of university, and this is when the real hard work begins.
But today I didn’t want to write about my actual course, as such, but more about life lessons that I have learnt since being at university.
- Being a fresher:
As a fresher, you are almost expected to use your free time partying. If you make friends with people in the second, third or even fourth year, and you tell them that you didn’t go out last night because you were working, they’ll just give you a look and say something along the lines of “But you’re a first year! Just wait until you start your dissertation…”
If you are in your first year, or are going to go to university soon, just keep in mind that although going out is fun, you don’t have to go out every night. It’s not a bad thing to start doing your essays and assignments early!
Being a fresher, it’s quite easy to be pressured into going out or maybe doing things you don’t really want to do, but you feel like you must because you have to live the “student experience”… which leads me onto point number 2.
- Making the most of it:
If you’re a UK student, you’ll be paying £9000 a year to get a degree. That’s kind of the whole point of university. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck in your room when you’re not in lectures, because you’ll be bored to tears.
The first people you are likely to meet will be your flat mates (unless you had a horrible situation like me but I’ve ranted enough about that already… just search for the university tag, it’ll come up somewhere) so although these people will probably become your first friends, make sure you also join as many clubs and societies as possible, and make the most out of the experience. You are paying £9000 after all, so you might as well have some fun! Plus, you’ll meet loads more people.
- Time Management:
This sounds kind of obvious, but time management is something university has really taught me. When you have a deadline coming up, your lecturers aren’t like school teachers because they don’t remind you every week that you have an essay due in two weeks. Lecturers expect you to stay on top of these kinds of things and they don’t really accept many excuses. That’s not to say they never tell you what is due and when, but they won’t email you to make sure that you’ve done the work. So time management is a key skill because you have to fit in the work somewhere amongst all the partying…
So those are just three of the things I have learnt in the few months that I have been at university. There are so many more things, like money management and how your sleeping pattern will become virtually non-existent, but you’ll understand that when you get to university.
All for now!