Starting university for me was terrifying. No one else in my family had ever been. I was worried about pretty much 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 HAVE 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). This made me think I wouldn’t make friends. 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. Spoiler alert: I don’t drink. 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. I learned that this isn’t the best approach. There is definitely a difference between my grades when I properly plan and write an essay. Take the time to do your assignments and do them properly and with care. I got a good bit of advice I got was to made sure you have your assignments finished 48 hours before the deadline.
PAYING FOR UNI ISN’T THAT BIG A 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. 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. Also, 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’LL 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 because it doesn’t last forever. 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 put them to work.
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. If you have any questions about university feel free to ask me, my messages are always open. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful.
Lots of loves,