Your thoughts about uni have already started if you are reading this blog. You are probably thinking, “What does a uni student even look like?”… Maybe you are even contemplating that age old belief, “Do I have to have glasses to be considered a real uni student?”
University so far for me has been a really great experience. I’ve made some great lifelong friends and am enjoying what I’m doing and where I’m heading. My thing is that I really don’t want to graduate with just a degree (or two in my case), I want to have travelled and experienced life and the world as well. You only get to live once so you may as well enjoy it.
If the previous words may as well be yiddish to you- then check out this post and start uni in style.
(A short blog covering everything from fairytale monsters to scoring free junk food)
Before we go any further, let me explain that your very first day of semester is going to be both exciting and horrifying. I remember stepping into a room of over 500 students, totally overwhelmed by the fact I didn’t know one single person. To add to my disorientation my lecturer said something along the lines of: “The class may seem crowded at the moment, but at least 50 students will leave after a month, and only half of you will graduate after four years.”
Summer: sunrises (sometimes with a touch of tequila), sun burnt days, music festivals, the parties, the summer flings, gossip, beach, sand between your toes, sunglasses, holidays, warm nights, sunsets, then ready to do it all again the next day. Summer was truly amazing!! Summer is possibly everyone’s fave season of the year. A three-month period where you do all the things you wanted to do all year round… but only within three months. As summer parties draws closer and closer to an end, the prospects of becoming a good, little, but suddenly bigger uni student appears to be just as close. Its time to get serious…
This my fourth year of university and after all this time there is one thing I can say with absolute certainty. I am not a morning person.
I don’t quite know what got me through my first year of university, so perhaps I’m not the best person to be giving out advice on how to do it. But seeing as I’m currently in my second year and loving it maybe there’s a few thing I’ve picked up that’ll give you a hand. So here’s my top ten tips for surviving your first year. You were warned.
I like to think of my first year at uni as time spent learning what not to do. They say that when you make mistakes you’re supposed to learn a lesson, and I’ve certainly learned a few so far. The result: I’m a better student for it. I didn’t have to learn all my lessons the hard way though, talking to people and making new buddies gave me access to a plethora of advice and nightmare stories, so I was clued in on a few things before some crucial mistake-making opportunities. Because I’m a firm believer in that old adage, ‘what goes around comes around’, I’d like to share a few of those key pieces of advice with you.
“A Ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for ” – William Shedd
Nervous? Excited? Nauseous? First day of Uni?…yep. I’m not going to lie to you – Uni can be hard. In fact, more often than not….very hard. BUT I can honestly say that I would not swap this opportunity that I have for anything. Yes, I have had my fair share of study-induced all-nighters, and exam freak-outs, but I truly am having the absolute time of my life.