Hindsight is an excellent thing isn’t it?
I loved my experience at university, but there’s definitely a few things I’d change.
Hopefully some of this advice might help others starting out at uni.
- You WILL make good friends, I promise. It’ll take time and effort, but it WILL happen.
- Take better, more comprehensive and organised notes. Abbreviations and writing ‘don’t know what’s going on here’ is not helpful. It will make the world of difference when it comes to revising for end of year exams; saving a huge amount of time and an inordinate amount of stress.
- Don’t drink as much. I’m going to be brutally honest, there’s a serious drinking culture at British universities and it’s easy to get sucked into. Sure, go out and party but it is not necessary to drink so much alcohol. It will only leave you feeling crap, sad and sick the next day and it is so, so bad for you and your liver. I’m a massive advocate for playing hard at uni but personally for me, it massively affected my mental health and it can be done without going to extremes.
- Don’t max out your overdraft. Don’t do this. No clothes, festival tickets or parties are worth spending the whole summer working and only reaching £0 at the end of the summer, with minimal savings to show. It’s incredibly disheartening and not worth the fast fun at the time.
- Consider changing your course at the beginning if you’re not 100% certain. I’m still not sure if I would have changed mine but I believe I was relatively lazily in sticking with mine and I could definitely have explored different options.