Monday, 1 September 2014

FIVE TIPS FOR FRESHERS//

Sooo it's been over a year since I graduated from university and although I'm glad to be in a career of my choice, I do miss being able to lie in till 12pm and drink until I threw up every weekday, just because.
(This is an exaggeration...kinda. I do not recommend this is how you spend your three years at uni.)

I've put together a few tips for those of you starting college or university for the first time this month.
It was absolutely one of the best times of my life, but every moment is completely worth it!


1) SAY YES

To everything.
Well, within reason.

You will have a much better experience if you come out of your comfort zone and say yes to things you never thought you would. If someone invites you to a party, if you're offered extra classes, if a mate asks you to feature in a film noir style exercise video... say yes. The options might not be as weird and wonderful as that but you'll be surprised. You'll meet more people and have so many more memories by saying yes to whatever comes your way.


2) WORK HARD, PARTY HARDER

Enjoying your university experience is vital but you have to find the right balance. In most cases, you can wing your way through first year and scrape a pass but funnily enough, you can learn a LOT from those first lectures. In my first lecture, I learnt that the art of creativity is to learn how to 'bullshit'.

This advice I have found to be the most useful I have ever been given in life.


3) YOUR STUDENT LOAN WILL NOT LAST FOREVER

It is the best moment to get thousands of pounds put into your bank account at the start of every term.
It is the worst moment to find that, after you've bought an Xbox One, a BB tank and a life-size cut out of the Queen, you only have £20 to live on for the next two months.

Spend it wisely so you don't miss out on any nights out or events towards the end of the year.



4) DO NOT HAVE SEX WITH SOMEONE YOU ARE LIVING WITH
Unless it's actually likely to go somewhere.

You don't want to end up with a reputation at the end of fresher's week. Even if one of the prospects of university for you is meeting a hell of a lot of new people and having sex with most of them. If you must, for goodness sake, don't do it with the people you'll be seeing every day for the rest of the year. It will be awkward. It will not be worth it.

Then again, you might end up getting on really well and end up living with them five years down the line...


5) JOIN A SOCIETY OR SPORTS TEAM

It's likely you'll meet tons of people and get on with some of them in your halls or in your lectures. Another awesome way is joining a society. Whether it's politics or netball, sign up to something different at fresher's fairs and you will get those few extra opportunities. And if you turn out to be really lazy, the sports team social night outs are completely worth doing anyway!


Have the most amazing time, first year was 100% brilliant for me and I have no doubt it will be the same for every one of you!