So, I’m only in my first year of uni and there’s so much that I’ve got coming my way but why not share with you my experience so far and give a few tips?
Many people often contemplate whether they should go straight to university after sixth form or college and that can impact your life in various kinds of ways. However, it’s not always essential to go, so no pressure. Some people even go and find that it isn’t for them and drop out which is completely fine because life always has something planned for you and with your interest, skills and talent I’m sure you’ll be doing something. For those wondering of going university this year, I want to share with you my experience so far and hopefully it can give you an insight to the university life.
I’m currently in my first year of university, studying English Literature BA Hons at the University of Greenwich, based in Greenwich, London.
So far in my first year, I’m actually enjoying the whole uni experience. I’ve already made some amazing friends and am enjoying the course I am studying. I’m a commuter but that may change in the second year. Travelling can be quite expensive sometimes and very tiring which sucks but at the same time, I kinda like it.
At first, I was like every typical newbie, nervous. However, that’s completely normal and you start to eventually get used to the uni lifestyle. I love that my university is based in London because on my travels there and back it’s so, so beautiful. As you can see in the pictures above, you can practically see Canary Wharf and docklands from the uni as well as Greenwich park. It’s even more amazing in the summer because the campus is mainly green land and the buildings are so old fashioned from the outside and modern within but they still look amazing that you just have to snap a pic and tell em where you roll.
Once you get into the work mode, yes it is a jump from A Levels which is quite a change but that shouldn’t affect the way you work. Eventually with time, you get used to the way things are run at university. I love going uni because it’s a change in my life and I’m able to progress my understanding of English and the world in general. University definitely does help shape you into a better person, well at least for me it did.
Although, there have been times and still now that I doubt it. Sometimes, when the travelling can get too much or the work load and uni assignments pile up together, you find yourself stressed out to the max. I so do! And it get’s to the point where I feel that I can’t do it or just start to hate going uni but that goes to show that I’m just adapting to this uni lifestyle and that it actually motivates me to do well and stay on track. There are so many more things I could say but I love going uni, strangely and it’s a good experience. Sometimes they recommend that you don’t always go straight to uni after sixth form or college and that choice is down to you. Taking a gap year is great because it gives you that whole space of time to find yourself as well as do things that you enjoy and think about what steps you want to take in your life and if university may be the right choice for you.
I’ve rambled a lot but here are my top five university tips!
- Be organised. Try and organise your work and your lifestyle. If there’s anything you need to change, do it. Buy planners, new stationary and make the time to stay on top of everything and always be organised.
- Don’t leave everything till the last minute. This is probably one of the worst things I used to do during sixth form. However, now at university I’ve definitely stepped my game up and always plan to do the work weeks before the due date.
- Try and save money. Trust me it’ll benefit you so much and you’ll understand when you actually have to buy your everyday essentials, travel, books etc.
- Stay positive. Through it all, you have to remain positive and know that if you are having a bad and stressful day, it’ll be over soon. Do happy and positive things. Talk to people about how you feel and just focus on the good and set yourself goals.
- Make friends. There are some real amazing and cool people out there, and making friends is one of the best experiences and it’s so good to meet people who share the same interests as you and just to be around but you’ll only know that when you make the move.
So there you have it! My university experience so far and a few tips! Let me know in the comments if you’re at University or plan to go! Love always!
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