So I’m just going to carry on from where I left off from my last blog, with some more advice about how to make the most of your university experience!
Explore your new home!
One of the great things about University, for some, is moving away from home. Getting to live in a new city is a really exciting experience. Learning new things and visiting new places are big parts of University life, so make the most of it, considering you’ll be living in the place for three years – maybe more!
In my first year I was definitely guilty of being in a sort of ‘student bubble’. I lived in the student village, went onto campus, went to University organised nights out, but I didn’t really do much exploring. I have since done much more – there are a few examples in some of my previous blogs.
I think that looking around more would have helped me settle a lot quicker in my first year as once I had visited more of the city, it became more a home than just a temporary place to live while I got my degree.
Find the right balance for you.
Balancing all the aspects of university life – socialising, academic work, employment – can be incredibly tricky, take it from someone who knows! But what you really need to do is establish your priorities early on.
It’s important to remember that no two people will deal with their workload in the same way. Others can take on a lot, whereas others not so much. This isn’t a problem, as long as you recognise your limits and put this into practise throughout your degree.
Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to complete your academic work – after all, that’s what will get you the degree! – but don’t neglect your social life either. Find a work/play balance that suits you and stick to it. If something works, why change it!?
I hope these tips have been helpful if you’re currently studying or thinking about undertaking a degree!