Wednesday, 18 February 2015

How to: University!

Evening girls!

This post aims to help some of you who are considering going to uni.. or maybe you're there at the moment but looking for a few tips!

I graduated from Warwick University in the summer of 2014 with a 2:1 in Politics and Sociology. It was a great three years and hopefully I can help some of you guys enjoy uni as much as I did.

General tips:
-Use freshers week to make friends even if you have to go to lectures, it's your social life which is important this week. Leave your comfort zone - go out clubbing every night! If you hate going out that much, sit in the common room with your new hall-mates or go out to the pub. Seriously. This week is when I met all my close friends (don't be too worried, there's always societies which are also great for making friends). Like, go crazy. It's one of the only times in your life when you have no responsibilities and can do what you want. Your accommodation is super close to where you will be going out so just go wild and enjoy yourself! You have your degree ahead of you and you won't be able to as much. I went out every night except one where I was boring and my only regret is not going out that night!

A photo from my freshers week- I'm on the far left!
-If possible, share the cooking with someone else. Me and my best friend at the time shared the cooking of lunches and dinners all the way through our first year. It really helped to relieve some of the stress of moving out and having to do everything for yourself. Basically cooking 3 nights a week is better than 7! It gives yourself some variety too as you'll both probably like to cook different things.

-Iceland or any cheap frozen food store is great when you're at uni. Pasta will be your best friend also. I used to cook Tesco Value Pasta, stir half a jar of carbonara sauce in and top it with some breaded chicken fillets - such an amazingly cheap and filling meal for 2. In terms of keeping healthy, I used kale a lot as it's cheap and easy. Wilt some kale in a pan and stir in some fresh egg noodles - with a squirt of sweet chilli sauce and some soy sauce, you are on to a winner! Basically, try and eat fairly cheaply as you will need your money for nights out, alcohol and clothes (sounds bad but it's so true). Oh, and books too :P

-In terms of stationary, make sure you have enough. Coloured pens are a must. Have an A4 notepad and a ring binder for every module you're taking. I used up 1 A4 notepad per module per term. I found it useful to have all my notes for that module stored within 2-3 notepads and a ringbinder.. saves me scrambling around among a million sheets of paper. It just makes revision easier and less stressful :)

Me loving life!
-As for books, make sure you have your own copy of the core text for each module you take. I know it's sad to shell out for a £40 book but it's incredibly annoying when there's no copies in the library and when you do get your hands on a copy, someone recalls it a day later. Just buy some books, it's well worth having your own copies. You can always sell them at the end of the year and get at least half of the cost back.

-Keep on top of your laundry, it soon mounts up and you end up with a huge pile of clothes and towels and bedding. Wash 1 load per week :) Oh and please wash your dishes. Seeing the same mouldy plate in the kitchen when you go to make your breakfast is gross.

-Don't worry about feeling homesick. Everyone goes through it and the best way to deal with it is surrounding yourself with your friends. You are all going through the same thing and doing something as simple as going out for pizza will help take your mind off it. 

-If you have a boyfriend from back home, you probably won't stay together. You have no time for each other and you will probably meet people that you find much more interesting. Don't stress about it and please just enjoy uni. Don't sit at home skyping your boyfriend because he's moaning at you. Just go out and turn your phone off!

-If your first year does not go towards your final grade, then use it to have fun! I had the time of my life in my first year, it was absolutely amazing and I still ended up with a 2:1 for the year. Don't stress about staying up til 4am talking and eating supernoodles in someones room across campus.. you may be half dead when you get up at 9am for your lecture but you will have made some great memories! Uni will be the best 3 years of your life, make sure you make the most of it. After all, if you're tired you can have a power nap in between lectures as you live on campus :)

An impromptu photo of me in the club :)
-When it gets to your second year, it's time to buckle down a bit. Make sure that you attend the majority of your lectures and don't leave assignments to the last minute. You will be living off campus now, and travelling to and from uni sucks. You will need to factor that in to your day.. (no more getting up at 8.45am for a 9am lecture sadly). You are likely to spend more time in the library as you won't be able to go back to your accommodation in between lectures. 

-Your final year will be stressful. For me, it felt like I was constantly trying to keep my head above water. Final year goes super fast though and you'll be sitting your finals before you know it. Studying for finals sucks, you'll spend an inordinate amount of time in the library. And you're likely to eat lots of junk food, but it's okay.. everyone does! Everyone is in the same boat in their final year, so try not to worry too much.

So, I hope you enjoyed this post. Hopefully you will feel a bit more confident. Have fun at uni and work hard guys!

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