7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Uni

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I thought I would share will you all the things I wish someone had told me before attending uni. I'm now in my second year going into my third year, and I feel I've learnt a lot these past two years.

1. Food: The Slippery Slope that is Carbs
To kick this post off I'm going to talk about food. I for one, and I don't doubt that many students too will agree that there is a misconception that you will lose weight at uni. For some cases yeah, some people will have lost weight being at uni. HOWEVER, I know I'm not the only one who thought they would lose weight but actually ended up putting it on.
My advice is don't get too caught up on the idea of eating what you want, whenever you want. This isn't me suggesting that you don't eat. Not at all. It sounds really dumb but keeping to a balanced diet and occasional exercise rather than countless takeaways with no exercise at all will really help you feel less tired and actually more motivated to do assignments and reading tasks.

2. Sleep: More Sleep Than a Newborn 
In addition to food, is it so so so easy to fall into an awkward and non-fulfilling sleeping pattern. This is completely understandable, if you're like me and enjoy going out it is so easy to keep to that pattern. I spent my first year going out most days off the week and ultimately, especially in the winter months, waking up at 2pm seeing the light of day for around two hours and you know what, probably going for a nap after that. Doing this makes it so hard to attend lectures, seminars and reading. Going out is a massive part of going to uni. This isn't a PSA to stop students from going out, this is me telling you that don't get too caught up in the drinking that you lose out on your education.

3. Drinking: 37.5% Vodka vs 50% Assignment
God I realise I sound like a total bore, but I really did love going out in my first year of uni. I once finished an assignment so quickly because I wanted to go out that night. Luckily, I got a 2:1 in that essay but you may not be that lucky. What is so great about uni student unions and student towns is that the drinks are so cheap. £1.50 Vodka Mixer? Yes please I'll have 4. You should really enjoy your first year of uni! Go out, get drunk, have fun. But, please for me don't waste all your money on it. I prioritised drinking and going out over most things, a balance is key.

4. Money: Every Thing Costs £££
Money is an essential part of staying alive any where, let alone uni. I seriously advice getting a job whilst at uni, that extra cash flow really makes a difference. I understand that it is so difficult, especially in student towns but if you have a job already look for getting a transfer or spread your CV all over town. Don't give up! Student loan is great, but doesn't always cover the cost of living. If you're parents are on a high wage you're unlikely to get very much loan left over to spend, which yes isn't fair but unfortunately that's how it works. Try and set yourself budgets, so you can afford food and other things, not alcohol.
Also, make sure you get a student bank account. Whether you convert your current account into a student one or get a different one, it's a good idea to get one!

5. Societies and Courses: Be Yourself
I never joined any societies in first year, or second year... and I probably won't join one in third year either. If you're like me and none of the societies tickled your fancy, or you're also not really into sports like me, never fear. I was scared if I didn't join a society or didn't attend all the functions created for people on my course I wouldn't have any friends. This is really not the case, if you don't want to join a society, don't. If you do, fantastic! You'll have a great time, but it's also simple to make friends in seminars and lectures. Even in halls. Don't be afraid to be yourself!

6. Friends: The Old and The New
Going to uni can be overwhelming but really exciting at the same time. I luckily went to the same uni as a few friends and ended up staying in the same halls. Nerves and anxiety are completely normal, it's a completely new and different world but you'll end up making lifelong friends. It's easy to get caught up in the idea of new friends, a new you, a chance to reinvent yourself. Try not to forget those friends you left behind, keep in touch!

7. Workload: Keep on Top
Lastly, I urge you all to keep on top of you assignments and seminar tasks. Try not leaving it to the last minute. Plan those essays and smash it.

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