Wednesday, 16 September 2015

STUDENT SERIES - TOP TIPS FOR STARTING UNIVERSITY

How is it September already? Where on earth is time going? Are any of you off to Uni next week? Or have any of you already moved down? Who's excited? Are you a little nervous? Don't worry you're bound to be a bit nervous, but you'll have the time of your life!



Today I'm going to share with you 5 tips for starting University as I think I know a fair bit now this will be my fourth and final year!
1. Try not to be too nervous! Remember everyone is in the same boat!
I know you'll be nervous/excited/scared/happy/sad - basically a mixed bag of emotions, but don't worry, that's normal. I remember driving up to Sheffield for my first year of Uni and being so worried and scared, but I had nothing to be worried about.

Always remember, everyone is in the same boat and it's common to feel nervous. On my first night at Uni my flatmate and I made friends with two other students in our halls after passing them in the corridor and we spent our first night out together. You WILL make friends and you WILL have the time of your life. I literally never want Uni to end!

2. Make sure you attend lectures and seminars (particularly seminars)
Okay, so this one seems a bit obvious but seriously try to go to all your classes. I know Uni is all about having fun, but it's also important to attend your lectures and seminars.

In my first year I missed a fair few lectures and some seminars and although I got an ok grade, I knew if I'd gone more often then my grade could've been different. I made much more effort in my second year and it 100% showed in my results!

Remember, if you don't turn up, it will come back to bite you during exam period or when you suddenly need to write a whole assignment on a guest speaker lecture that you never even attended (yes this was me in my first year and I seriously regretted it!)

3. Be Yourself
Being yourself is so so important at Uni. I know it's sometimes hard to be yourself at first, but trust me, if you try to act like someone else just to fit in, it'll bite you in the back! When you are yourself you end up having a much better time at Uni and make genuine friends because you're not pretending to be someone you're not.

4. Join Societies I didn't join any societies in my first 2 years of Uni, and I kind of regret it. They literally look like so much fun and everyone seems to have such a laugh! Now I'm going into my final year, I've decided I'm definitely going to go to freshers fair and check them all out.

At my Uni there are so many different societies you can join - there is literally something for everyone, so it's a great way to make new friends and gain new skills. At Hallam our student night out for societies "Hallam Nation" is on a Wednesday. It's a fab night out, even if you're not in a society and it's definitely something you need to experience at least once.

Do you or have you been to university? What are your top tips?


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