Starting university is both exciting and daunting, you don’t know what the next week is going to bring you and what life is going to throw at you next. This is why I’ve created a little guide with a few things I’ve found out since starting university.

YOU WILL MISS HOME IMMENSELY

Whether you think you will or not and how long it lasts it’s completely personal. However, you will definitely miss home whether for a few days or a few weeks. The one thing you should do is bring something from home, this could be in the form of a picture frame or simply something that reminds you of home.

YOU WILL PROBABLY GET LOST ON YOUR FIRST DAY

I know I did. If you’re going to a university with a small campus it may be slightly easier to avoid getting lost. I would recommend printing out a version of the campus map and stick it on the first page of your notebook, this way you can check which way you need to go before leaving one class and heading to another.

SHOPPING BY YOURSELF WILL BE HARD

The temptation to fill your shopping bag with biscuits and treats you’re not usually allowed lots of at home is a real problem. I wouldn’t recommend going crazy, I did this and not only did I put a little weight on in the first month I also felt terrible. Make sure you’re eating enough vegetables and a balanced diet, yes you can have treats but your body will thank you if you feed it healthy produce. (Especially if you’re planning on drinking a lot… we know freshers do it.)

PLAN YOUR WEEK

The urge to go out every night with your new found friends is a big one. You do have other priorities though. I’m not saying don’t go out and become a recluse but you need to make sure you’re planning everything and then you can figure out days for fun activities. The “planning” could simply be to set yourself a goal of sitting down and doing 3-4 hours of work every day then after that time you can go out and have fun.

MAKE NOTES

I could not stress this enough. Write everything down, even if at the time you’re not sure whether it’s significant, you have no idea how helpful it will be when you have to write an essay or produce a project. You can also use colour coding to make it easy to figure your notes out at a later date. I also recommend using a new note book for each subject and possibly each project if you have a lot to remember and revise.

PUTTING INTO PRACTICE

These are just a few things I’ve learnt since starting university, planning is everything and it’s always useful to organise your work life, it will reduce stress and make revising subjects easier in the future. I wish I knew a few of these things before I started at University but unfortunately, I didn’t know anyone who had gone before me. So I want to share my knowledge with you.

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