University is a learning experience and we’re not just talking about the degree you’ll hopefully leave with. Studying at Higher Education will give you an opportunity to learn things from all areas of your life, and here are some lessons you’ll learn at university.
This is what every undergraduate student will feel like. Even during the first year when the grades don’t contribute to your grades, you’ll feel like you’re constantly doing coursework.
It isn’t going to be as friendly and sociable as you think. Your housemates might not like you, your classmates might find you annoying and your lecturers might find you irritating. It’s okay, you don’t have to be everyone’s best friend.
If you think University is like that film with Ryan Reynolds is in, it isn’t. You will have to attend some lectures to learn the material and pass. It isn’t all remote work!
The deadline is tomorrow and you won’t have even planned your essay yet – this will become more of your normal routine. You should really put more effort in!
You’ll be so surprised that you can put the Desperate Housewives or Breaking Bad box set in and still be there 15 hours later.
You’re just going to open up this email or check out this YouTube clip of a kitten eating toilet paper. Procrastination is good for short-term boredom but it won’t get you anywhere.
Eating chicken burgers, kebab wraps and pot noodles won’t make you feel 100% all of the time. You will need to add some colours in there somehow, and we don’t mean burger sauce.
You’ll forget all the things your mum does for you, like making sure you’re not wearing clothes that smell and university will be a painful reminder.
Wipes of all kinds are a life-saver. Lecture in ten minutes but still have last night’s make-up on? Face wipe. Having a girl over in your room? All-purpose wipes.
You’ll find university is full of opportunities, whether going out, seeking new hobbies or downing a dirty pint. But you’ll realise, you don’t need to do them all, or something you don’t want to do just to cross it off your list.
Three to four years? Pah! It’s like a whole lifetime away! You may feel during your first semester that you are going to be here for the rest of your life, but when it comes to the end you’ll wonder where the time went!
You won’t get top marks for every essay, you won’t be able to digest all of the reading material and you won’t be able to make everyone happy. University is just a part of life, and if you accept you might get it wrong, the pressure will ease off.
University is full of exciting opportunities and experiences and one of the biggest things you need to realise, is that it won’t be perfect, but it will be life-changing.
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