#UNIADVICE

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


I previously wrote about the things I would (and wouldn't) miss about university life, but recently on Twitter I have been reading Tweets in relation to the topic of university advice - #UNIADVICE.

Currently I'm at university, and once I graduate university next year I would have been at university for four years, which seems like a long time but the years have flown by!

However in all that time I have learned so much - and I don't just mean through my degree!

I have had many good times and bad times, and I have learned some life lessons the hard way.

With the benefit of hindsight, there are some things I would have done differently, but overall I have had a great university experience and I don't regret going university at all.

Before I went to university, I did have some idea of what it would be like - from the stories my friends, peers and former classmates told me - but I think I would have liked some advice on how to handle university life in a better way.

Through my experience and the experiences of other people, I feel as though I have a lot of advice to give, so if someone had asked me what university advice I'd give them, I'd give them these tips:


Try to aim for a 2:1 minimum, even if your chosen career does not require it.

It's okay to say no to a night out.

It's okay to say no, period.

Go to Freshers' Week, and get yourself some freebies!!

Don't doss around.  Study very hard.

Hand in your assessments on time.

Even if your first year doesn't count, you should still work hard and aim for a high mark.

Do extra stuff outside of your degree.  Get a job.  Get a (proper) hobby.  Join a club or a society.  Take up a sport.  Volunteer.  Star a business/enterprise.  Do extra-curricular activities.

If you make a mess clean up after yourself.  Don't expect others to do it for you.

If you don't know how to do household chores - i.e. washing your dishes, doing your laundry - then learn.

Don't be a bitch.  Put that mean girl behaviour aside.  Don't be rude and horrible.

Don't give into pressure.  Assert yourself.

Don't be judgmental, and don't stereotype.  You will meet people from different backgrounds, respect that.  Respect differences.

Don't make assumptions about other people.

You don't have to drink if you don't want to.

Don't pressure others to drink.

You really don't have to go out clubbing if you don't want to.  There are many other ways to socialise.

Respect other people's limits, space and boundaries.

Learn to cook.

Try to stay physically (and mentally) fit.

Don't overload yourself, and learn to take breaks.

Revise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you move away for university try to explore the area.

Make an effort to meet new people and make new friends.  Make an effort.

Don't constantly bail out of things.

Don't blow your money, learn to be clever with it.  Make paying for important things - such as rent, bills, Wi-Fi, petrol, etc - a priority.  Don't blow your loan and don't blow your overdraft!

Try to save.

Go to careers events and talks, and try to network.  Make connections.  You don't have to be in London to do this.  Visit your careers center/department.

If you have time in the holidays try to intern, do a work experience placement or get a job.  You don't have to be in London to do this.

Start planning your dissertation when you finish your second year (doing this at the moment.)

Not everyone you meet at university is your friend.

Not every friend you make at university is a good friend, or a friend for the long-term.

You don't need a TV, but if you get a TV or if you watch live TV on a laptop or a portable device, then get a TV license.  Or just don't watch live TV at all.  Watch catchup/on-demand/Netflix instead.

You don't have to go out every night.

Try to get enough sleep!

Don't rush into friendships or relationships.

Be kind to those you meet at university and show some respect and consideration.  Make sure you get off to a good start and make a good impression.

Don't be fake!!

Don't be two-faced!

Don't be manipulative.

Don't go around making false accusations about others.

Don't be that creepy guy in the club, or on the course.  Or anywhere.  Just don't be that creepy guy.  Desperation is not a good look!

Don't be a shit-stirrer.

Don't be confrontational.  The drama is not worth it.

Stay safe.  You're life is important, so don't take stupid risks.

If you're going to sleep around, protect yourself.

Don't be lazy!!!!!!!

Turn up to all of your lectures and seminars, on time.

Sometimes you may feel like lying in bed all day in binge-watching a load of TV programmes, especially on catchup-TV or Netflix. This is fine, it's okay to do this - once in a while.  Don't turn this into a regular habit.

University is place to broaden your horizons and to challenge a way of thinking.  Make the most of this.  Don't be the ignorant person who cannot think for themselves.

A difference in opinion is okay.  If someone expressing a different opinion to you then it's fine.  Not everyone believes in the same things.  A difference in opinion is not a personal attack on you.

Sharing is not always caring.

The university life is not just about getting a degree, it's also a period of transition and change, so embrace it.

Basic range foods are the best.

Don't drink to much.

Don't do/deal drugs.

You can still have fun without having to immerse yourself in the stereotypical student lifestyle.

University is a great time for you to blossom and reinvent yourself.

Don't neglect your hometown friendships.

Wilkos/Home Bargains/99p stores are the best stores for a student budget.

Get an NUS Extra card!!!!!

UNiDAYS is your friend.

Use voucher codes/apps.

Try to address and solve any issues you have - whether your issues are to do with flatmates, housing, course, etc.

Try to surround yourself with good people who lift you up, not toxic people you bring you down.

Getting drunk, going out clubbing and sleeping around every night does not equal having a good time.

Most landlords only care about money.  Be aware of this.

You shouldn't live in poor-quality student housing.

It's okay not to have anything in common with your flatmates.

Depending on your course/institution, university is the only time when you will have long holidays.  Embrace this and make the most of the holidays, because once you start working you will not have these holidays again.

Take pictures of great moments, and treasure them.

It's okay to live in halls again after your first year.  In fact, you don't have to live in a shared student house.  You can live in private halls/flats.

Get organised!

Once you receive your assessment start it ASAP!

Take all feedback on board.

It's okay to live alone, but don't become a recluse.

Grow up.  Don't be so immature.

You don't have to go to university.  You don't have to study a certain course.  If you are going to university, make sure it's the right decision for you, and make sure the institution and the course are right for you.

You don't have to move away for university.

You don't have to stay in your hometown for university.

Be yourself.  Don't change yourself for anyone else, and don't feel the need to justify or explain who you are to anyone.


What university advice would you give?

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