It’s weird to think that I’m less than 6 weeks away from finishing my masters now. It feels like I’ve got so much left to do still though! :O Since my time at university is coming to an end and I don’t plan on taking my university education further I think now is a good time to share some of the things that university has taught me 🙂
How to save money and budget
At some point as a student you’ll be poor, it’s a well known fact that students are poor. Plus you’ll have some ridiculous amount of student debt to your name. But you’ll quickly learn how to save money and what value/own brand food is actually OK.
Don’t try to be someone you’re not. If you don’t want to do the whole freshers thing, don’t! There will be other people like you who also don’t want to do the whole drinking/partying thing!
Don’t be afraid to try new things
I don’t mean pushing yourself totally outside of your comfort zone, but occasionally it may be good for you.
You’ll probably change
You’ll probably become a different person in some ways having been to university. I know I’ve definitely changed since going to uni!
It is OK to get homesick
You’ll probably miss your parents/friends/dog at some point and that is OK. There will be others feeling the same way too. Homesickness didn’t really hit me properly until December of first year, but it hit me alright!
You’ll probably feel like you’re dying at some point
You’ll probably get really ill at some point during your time at university and it will feel like you’re dying. You have to hope it’s in your second or third year when you can text your housemate and ask them to bring you hot chocolate or a hot water bottle! Or if its not dying because you’re ill, you’ll probably feel like you’re dying with the amount of work you have to do at some point. But it happens to everyone!
You’ll learn how you work
It wasn’t until I came to university that I began to learn and appreciate how I learn best. I’d be surprised if you came out of uni still not knowing how you work and learn.
You’ll learn how to do your washing
You’ll probably have at least one disaster working out how to do your washing during your time at university, but if you’ve never done your washing before, you’ll definitely learn!
You’ll learn how to clean something or the other
I never knew how to clean a toilet with bleach until 2nd year of uni! :O You’ll probably learn how you clean something else random like how to get those blu-tac marks off the wall or how to clean food/drink stains off the carpet.
You’ll probably hate the people you live with at times
So you can’t really do much about the gross kitchen, hearing every word of your neighbour’s conversation, your neighbour singing or you neighbour and their boyfriend/girlfriend’s late night shenanigans in first year. But in second and third year when you’re living with your friends you’ll still probably find something to hate someone for, be it their sloppyness in the kitchen, not taking the bins out on their turn, hogging the washing machine, or not taking their turn on the cleaning rota. You will hate them at least once …. But you still love them dearly!
You’ll make some of the best friends
You’re all thrown together in this new situation. Everyone wants to make friends, and I know I have made some of the best friends through my time at uni. I may not talk to them every day now, but I know I can text them whenever and still pick up any conversation with them! Miss you Penny, Becky, Laura, Reg and Sara! ❤