4 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE STARTING UNI

22 Jun 2020 | Student Advice

Starting Uni can be one of the most exciting times in your life. There’s so much to look forward to; making new friends, learning new skills, exploring a new city and moving into a new home. With that said, there can also be a few hiccups along the way. Despite being the best decision I have ever made for my career, as well for my personal growth, there are a few things I wish I knew before starting Uni.

The workload can become heavy!

When you first start at Uni it can be really easy to get caught up in Freshers’ week, making new friends and attending as many introductory activities as possible! Which, don’t get me wrong, is really important! However, as the first few weeks go by in Uni, it can be really easy to neglect your growing workload due to the excitement of entering into the young-adult world of Uni. Make sure you keep track of upcoming deadlines and ensure that you schedule in some time to get some work done. It is so important to get yourself into a routine and schedule when you can do some work as well as have some fun, and is essential to keep a healthy life-work balance.

Your first year does matter

It can be easy to get distracted, particularly during your first year. There are always some students that won’t show up to classes with the mind set of ,“it doesn’t count this year, it’s okay if I miss today.” Sure, it’s okay to take one or two days off, especially when your mental health needs a break or if your feeling sick. But first year is really important in giving you the tools and skills you need to help you deal with the increased workload. You have to get used to the routine of regular work, busy schedules and tight deadlines. Just because it doesn’t count, doesn’t mean it isn’t important!

The pros and cons of shared living

Accommodation is one of the most important aspects of attending Uni. It gives you the opportunity to be independent, as well as learn a few really important life skills, such as cooking, cleaning and living with others. Living alone does come with some obstacles, such as lazy roomates, taking care of the communal area and also missing home! In the case of not getting along with a roommate, it is important to communicate your differences to ensure that you keep the communal area clean and useable for other roomates. When a roommate refuses to clean up after themselves and uses other peoples food and kitchen utensils without permission, it can become difficult to get along. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you speak to your other roomates to ensure that you are all on the same page before taking your complaints further.

What to do in the unexpected

Uni can also come along with some unexpected factors, such as unexpected fees, problems with accommodation, deferral years, and even a pandemic! If you find yourself in one of these situations, it is important to make sure that you are as equipped as possible to deal with it. For example, if you come across an unexpected fee, contact your guarantor as well as the Uni help desk so that they can point you in the right direction. Or, if you find yourself with an accommodation problem, ensure that you research your rights as a tenant, as well as doing some research on your contract.

Overall Uni is an amazing experience and has turned out to be the best decision I could have made. I hope that these points have opened your eyes to some of the possible obstacles that you could face once enrolled in Uni. With that said, you should look forward to it too. The best years of your life are yet to come!

By Chloé Williams

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