Wednesday, 31 August 2016

My Top Tips To Starting Uni...

  1. Get to know as many people as possible and ask them questions. Don't just talk about yourself! Unlike school, university doesn't have time for 'popular' people. It doesn't matter what sort of group you mixed with in year 11 this is your chance to make new friends, so go for it!
  2. Although you are meeting new people still stay true to who you are. If you don't want to drink, have sex or take drugs then don't do it. Believe it or not there is more to socialising at uni than doing these things. Yes your friends may try it but please don't feel pressured into doing so. I had some amazing nights out in uni and I didn't need any drugs to do so!
  3. Learn to cook a few meals. Obviously nothing fancy and try to pick meals with cheaper ingredients too. Don't get me wrong, I had many Domino's but it does add up! Jacket potatoes, spag bol, fajitas and chilli are a lot easier to make than you think and don't take long to cook either.
  4. Take the time to explore your surroundings. Nearest cash point? Local taxi company? How long does it take to walk to campus? Which bus goes to town? These will all come in handy.
  5. Look at your bank balance! Yes it may be scary but you need to keep an eye on it. You can't keep asking your parents to help you out, gain some independence and don't go too far into that overdraft.
  6. It's absolutely fine to feel home sick. The majority of you are in the same boat and may have not even been away from your parents before. Make the most of FaceTime and texts but don't overdo it. Have photos in your room and make it as cosy as possible, just like home!
  7. Sometimes you may be at the same uni with people who you already know from home. It is great to already know a handful of people but don't feel like you have to see them all the time. Use this opportunity to make friends from both your course and accommodation.
  8. Look on Facebook for any groups that have been set up for your uni, course or even halls. I didn't do this as I had no idea it existed but when I got to halls people in my flat had already added and messaged one another. It's a great ice breaker and may make you feel a bit more confident on the first day if you find starting conversations difficult. 
  9. If you want to try something new or miss your club from home then join a team or society. Many of my friends were in a society of some sort and it gave them a chance to meet new people and wear some crazy fancy dress on nights out!
  10. Finally, get stuck in and take lots of photos! Grab your new flat mates and go to the Freshers Ball, Student Union and student nights out and have an amazing time!
This September it will be 7 years since I first moved to Cardiff from Cornwall to go to University. I still speak daily to friends who I lived with and people on my course, i've been to weddings of people who I have met at uni and I now live with my boyfriend who I met there! It is truly what you make of it and I had such an unforgettable time and I hope you do too!

I hope these tips have helped you in some way, I tried to be as descriptive as possible but let me know in the comments if you want some advice and I would be happy to help!

Where are you going to university and what are you going to study?

Much love as always, 

Jade x 


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