Things I wish I knew before I started university

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The workload can be heavy.

When you first start at Uni, it can be really easy to get stuck in Freshers Week, make new friends and participate in more introductory activities! Which, of course, made the video an overnight sensation. However, as you spend the first few weeks at Uni, it can be really easy to ignore your growing workload because of Uni’s eagerness to enter the young adult world. Make sure you keep an eye on the upcoming deadlines and make sure you set some time to do something. When you can do some work and have some fun, it is important to include yourself in your routine and schedule, and to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Your first year is important

Getting involved can be easy, especially during your first year. There are always some students who don’t come to class with the mentality, “This year doesn’t count, if I remember today, fine.” Of course, taking a day or two off is fine, especially when your mental health needs a break or if you are sick. But the first year is important for giving you the tools and skills to help you deal with the growing workload. You need to get used to regular work, busy schedules and strict deadlines. Just because it doesn’t count, doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter!

Advantages and disadvantages of living together

Accommodation is one of the most important aspects of participating in Uni. It gives you the opportunity to be independent, as well as learn some important life skills, such as cooking, cleaning and living with others. Living alone comes with some obstacles, such as lazy room mates, taking care of the communal area, and losing a home! If you do not meet a roommate, it is important that you express your differences in order to ensure that you keep the communal area clean and usable for other rooms. When a roommate refuses to clean up after himself and uses other people’s food and kitchen utensils without permission, living with him can be difficult. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you are all on the same page before proceeding with your complaint by talking to your other roommate.

What to do unexpectedly

Uni can also come with some unexpected factors, such as unexpected fees, housing issues, late years, and even an epidemic! If you find yourself in any of these situations, it is important to make sure that you are equipped as much as possible to deal with it. For example, if you receive an unexpected fee, contact your guarantor as well as UniHelpdesk so they can point you in the right direction. Or, if you find yourself having a housing problem, make sure you research your rights as a tenant, as well as do some research on your contract.

Overall, Uni is an amazing experience and it turned out to be the best decision for me. I hope these points have opened your eyes to some of the potential barriers you may face once you enter Uni. Plus, you’ll be getting rid of clutter you don’t need. The best years of your life are yet to come!

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