It’s scary to admit, but I am about to go into my third and final year of Uni- these last two years have flown by in the blink of (drunken) eye! But looking back on my experience so far there are so many things I’ve learnt, and many things I wish someone had told me back in my very first year as a Fresher. So for that reason, I have compiled a list of 5 tips about Uni life. Whether you’re fresh-faced and starting your first year, half-way through your University career – or like me, reluctantly dragging your feet into third year – I hope these pointers can be an eye-opener for any skint student like myself. Enjoy!

  1. Always leave your bedroom door open. Whether that is with a pile of unread books, or a pile of dirty washing, having your door open gives your room the potential to become a social hub. It allows any passes by to pop in and say hi, and if you’re a newbie it’s a great way of introducing yourself to your new flatmates. Just make sure you close it when you’re getting changed- you don’t want to give your new friends some unexpected surprises!
  2. Cooking is a piece of cake! Learning how to cook pasta before coming to Uni is ideal, but not essential. I met people in Freshers who could just about toast a slice of bread without burning it. One friend of mine even removed a hot baking tray from the oven with a plastic bag… if you understand basic Science, you can see how that wouldn’t end well! But living and cooking with new people from all different backgrounds allows you to learn new culinary skills. By the time the year is through, you never know, you might find a new passion for cooking -or become very good friends with your local Chinese takeaway!
  3. If you don’t get on with your flatmates it’s not the end of the world. Being a first year can be daunting, and having a good set of flatmates feels like the make or break of your entire Uni life- it’s not. I was lucky, I still live with all of my flat mates from first year because it just worked and we’re still great friends, but that won’t always be the case for everyone. If you don’t get on with some members of your new house don’t get bogged down, there are loads of other opportunities at university to make new friends- joining societies and your course, just to name a couple. Just remember, everyone is in the same boat as you. Be yourself, and try to talk to as many people as possible!
  4. Take advice from E.T: phone home! Feeling blue or a little homesick? Then never underestimate the power of Skype. One video call with your nearest and dearest, whether that be a call to your mum, your grandma, or your best mate from home – these are the people that know you best. Seeing and speaking to a familiar face can sometimes be what you need to pick up your mood, and put everything back into perspective.
  5. Finally, enjoy yourself. As I’ve already said – and will say again – these three years will whizz past. Embrace as much of University life as you possibly can. No matter how nervous you are on arrival, those nerves quickly dissipate among a brand new set of friends, new lessons, new experiences and probably a whole load of new drink combinations!

Victoria Cox

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