That’s it, it’s all over… not to be dramatic or anything but yeah I’ve officially finished my time at university and am starting a new chapter in my life! It’s crazy to think that four years have flown by and now it’s time for me to be a ‘proper’ adult. I’ve spent the last few days exploring because it turns out that I haven’t actually been to very many places besides the uni campus! I thought I’d share with you my uni experience and try to give some tips on how to survive being a student, from budgeting tips to studying!
I’m a super needy person so leaving home to live on my own was really hard plus I’m a terrible cook! I would strongly recommend making your living space your own, whether you are staying in halls or sharing a house, or even having your own place. Putting up pictures of your favourite memories, going crazy in Primark and buying thousands of cushions (you can never have too many cushions, right?!), and picking up some cute houseplants!
Try not to go too crazy with buying stuff, I definitely went a bit overboard on homewares and clothes at uni! Creating a weekly budget can really help (I wish I’d followed my own advice!) so that you aren’t constantly living in your overdraft. If you need to buy textbooks for your course I’d wait until you get stuck into the course first because even though they say that a textbook is essential, it’s very rare that you actually need to purchase the book. You can always get it from the library or secondhand from eBay!
Aside from making friends in your halls or house, and on your course, joining a society or sports team is another great way to meet people! There are so many different options and if there isn’t one you like you can always start your own. Also, if you’ve always fancied trying a sport but been too scared you can always take taster sessions and they will have beginner and advanced teams.
Remember that you aren’t technically at uni for that long during the year so be sure to keep in contact with your friends back home, create a group chat or have a big skyping session once in a while. Then once you go back home for the holidays you won’t have missed out on all the big gossip! You can also do the same thing with your family – perfect for when you are feeling homesick or need help with an essay! (FYI, parents are great proofreaders!).
I understand university isn’t for everyone and actually, it really took a toll on my mental health… I can’t tell you how many times I almost dropped out or deferred a year but now, I’m so happy that I’ve completed the three years of uni and my dreadful placement year! Whether you are heading off to university or not, just remember to look after yourself and don’t do anything that doesn’t make you happy!
p.s. this post is in collaboration with Caseapp*!