Monday, 21 May 2018

Truths About First Year

Starting university for me was terrifying. No one else in my family had ever been so I had no idea what to expect at all. I was worried about making new friends, money, assignments and just about everything. I just want to say that being scared to start uni isn't silly or anything, it's absolutely normal to worry about new starts and what they bring and you won't be the only one who's worried.
➸ Drinking is not required  to having a good time at uni
When I started university, I was super stressed about the fact that I'm not a big drinker (I spoke about this in my previous post). I was pretty scared about not making any friends because I never wanted to go out or whatever. It soon became clear to me that it doesn't really matter to people whether you drink or not. I have friends who never drink like myself and other friends that enjoy a night out. No one should have to feel pressured into things that they don't want to do and if you have good friends, they'll never make you feel that way. So many adults have joked to me about how I must be hungover all the time and I'm just like 'I don't drink actually'. Own who you are. Don't feel like you need to be anyone other than yourself.

➸ Doing essays days before they need to be handed in is not wise
I have always been this kind of lax person when it comes to homework and stuff, I'd breeze through it the night before and just hope for the best. At university, I quickly learned that though this can be done, it's not the smartest way to go through your degree. There is definitely a difference between my grades when I properly plan and write an essay rather than when I rush it the day before it needs to be handed in. Take the time to do your assignments and do them properly and with care. I got a good bit of advice when I started university which was always make sure you have your assignments finished 48 hours before the deadline.

➸ Paying for university isn't that much of a big deal
I can hear your eye-rolls already but stick with me. You take out your tuition loan and maintenance loan at the start of every year and you'll get whatever your personal circumstances allow for the latter. My biggest stress when starting university was paying it back. I come from a working-class family and I'm the first person ever in my family to get into university so I never knew how this worked and it almost stopped me applying. Yes, you will be in upwards of £50k of debt (it's a lot I know). However, you will not start paying this until your earning £25,000 a year, even then it will be 9% of your annual earnings and after 30 years whatever isn't paid is wiped off. It's not like the second you leave university there are bailiffs at your door asking for £50k so don't stress too much.

➸ You will need to learn how to manage money
My first loan went within about a month and a half. I had never had that kind of money before and as I live at home I could pretty much spend it as I pleased (or so I thought). I quickly learned that I have to budget my money and be sensible with it because once it's gone, it's gone. Setting aside money for food, bills, travel, subscriptions etc is super important and it's definitely a goal of mine to be better with my money when I receive it in September.

➸ Make the most of the facilities and resources
You will most likely pay for university one day and so it's vital to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Go to the library, use the computers, talk to your lecturers etc. Most of your tutors will tell you to put them to full use, they will often give you their office hours so I really recommend making use of them if you need some help!

Thank you so much for reading. I'd just like to say that everyone's university experience is different and that is totally okay. Whether you live at home or in halls, drink or not - make your experience something for you to enjoy and look back on in years to come. If you have any questions about university feel free to ask me, my dms are always open. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful. 
Lots of loves,



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  1. Great post! I just finished my third year of college, and these truths I totally agree with! :) Especially drinking: I don't drink at all and still have a wonderful time with my friends! Keep up the great work :)
    -Jenna <3
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    1. Thank you so much for reading lovely! Congrats with finishing, I hope all goes well for you in the future x

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