Friday, 18 April 2014

What I would tell myself as I started University?

Dear, Slightly younger and more innocent self,

Univeristy is the time in which it is safe to say that I have grown up changed and that I have learnt a lot that I now use in my life. There are several things I wish I had known when I had started and now is my chance to tell you so that you have the chance to change your ways!

1. Don't take life to seriously - Life's too short to be serious 24/7. Not only does it mean that there is less time to laugh and make memories, you will find that these memories are the things that you look back on, specifically late night, over a tub of ice cream, while debating how much you hate revision and realistically how well you can do with your exams.

2. Give your lectures a chance, even if you don't like the lecturer. - There is always one lecturer that you don't like/don't like their teaching style/can't be bothered with. All I can say is, persevere with it, you can do it. Just give yourself time and remember you won't be stuck with them forever.

3. Cherish those who make your life better. (And ditch those who don't) - The first piece of advice that I ever had about university was that 'the people that you meet in your first week will not land up being your best friends'. This is true. As is the people that you meet in your first year. Sadly, you will think that you know them, you won't. Find those who are there for you ever step of the day and focus on that friendship, rather than being sucked into the bitchiness and all-out-war.

4.Budgeting isn't as hard as you think. - Money does not grown on trees, which you very well know. Your student loan and income from work are enough to live comfortably on. The thing is as grownup as it seems, budgeting now will make things easier in the long term. Food shops do not need to be expensive, drinking needs not be expensive. Work it out and stick to it.

5. Mixing drinks is never a good idea - Rather self explanatory. Don't even bother mixing spirits and wine. You will honestly only regret it in the morning. I promise.Besides, by the time you get to the end of your first year, you'll have seen what happens from mixing drinks in more than enough detail with everyone else.

Remember, Live, Laugh and Love.


Your slightly older and way more tired self.

This is my entry to the 'What would you tell your younger self?' competition with Legal & General. Enter your entry here!

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  1. Studying in Uni is the best and worst things that ever happened to me. So much experience so little time and I still cherished the people I met and the things that I learned. This is a nice post. Made me remember those cheesy fun times =) #pocolo

  2. Good advice! I still remember the good & bad bits of uni decades later!

  3. Couldn't agree more about giving lectures a chance. Day one, my lecturer drew a hippo on the board, a perfect hippo (lecture one of medieval politics - Augustine of Hippo) I just thought 'what on earth?' but he turned out to be amazing, engaging and helpful, this raised fond memories for me thanks!

  4. Great advice. I like the idea of writing advice to a younger version of yourself!

  5. What fabulous advice. I think anyone going off to Uni needs to read this post. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x