Things I Wish I Knew: Uni First Year Edition

The new academic year is almost upon us and I am really (strangely) excited. Starting a new school year has always been one of my favourite things. This is mainly because it means I get to sort out a new routine and buy loads of new stationery. Last year was my first year at uni and I was pretty clueless, I am the first in my family to get into university so I really had no clue what I was going into. Hopefully, these little truths can get you prepared for your first year.


I really underestimated the usefulness of my freshers week. I’m quite an introvert so I thought talking to new people would be a nightmare but everyone is in the same boat. Really make an effort to talk to other students, it will really come in handy when you start going to lectures etc. It’s also really useful to learn about how your uni will run. They speak about services, where to go for help etc. It’s definitely worth the time.


Planning is what has made sure my life hasn’t fallen apart in the last year. It’s so good to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on. It was much easier to make plans, be organised and just get stuff done because I had it laid out for me. I also like to put in the topic of the lectures/seminars and the reading because I’m extra. A few of my friends and I from uni use these planners for doing this. They are really clear and easy to work with so I love them.


I mentioned this in my last post about uni and I stick by it. You will one day pay for your degree so it’s so important that you take advantage of the services they offer. You wouldn’t buy a car just not to drive it, would you? Honestly, any questions you have to ask them. Visit them or email them during office hours. They are there to help you and you’re paying for it so take advantage. You will find that most tutors are super happy to help you so don’t worry about being annoying.


Methods of note taking are really individual so it’s important to find the way that works for you best. At first I used a noteook but this didn’t work for me. I was missing certain things, my hand got cramped easily and my notes were not at all legible. I swapped to my laptop around halfway through the semester and honestly, it was the best thing I’d ever done. I’d say it’s probably better to test which works best for you quite quickly as I had half paper notes and half computer notes which was confusing for essay writing. Also, I’d like to mention how people who take no notes during the session frighten me…like what is your superpower oh-mighty-one.


If you’re going to be a fellow commuter (like me) while at uni then I really urge you to get yourself either a railcard or bus pass. I never got a railcard in the first semester because I was being cocky about how it wouldn’t cost that much to travel. Truth be told, it was costing me a hell of a lot of money. Please don’t make the same mistake as me aha.

Thank you so much for reading. I wish all you freshers the best of luck with your first year. If you would like some advice feel free to message me on my social media. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful.

“Trust the magic of new beginnings” – Meister Elckhart.

Lots of loves,


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  1. Unknown
    August 1, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    I really should've used my tutors more! I felt so on my own and lost at some points and I don't know why I didn't just go to them and ask for help! Beth x |

    • KatieYvonne
      August 1, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      I felt the same for ages but after I spoke to one of them I felt so much better x

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