Starting a new life at university is surely a rather daunting but exciting prospect. You’ve got your results, and your heading off in just a couple a weeks, now is the time to get prepped. But what do you really need to be ready for further education? Hopefully, in this not so little post, I’ll outline some of the bits and pieces you really should be sorting, pronto!
Happy With Your Course
Firstly, make sure that you are truly happy with whatever course you have chosen to study. You might think that it is too late if you are not, but actually many universities are surprisingly convenient and flexible when it comes to choosing your subject. You might find that you are able to switch within the department. Or your Uni might even allow you to change courses entirely, depending on the situation and your grades and so forth.
In any case, make sure you are really genuinely happy to be studying your chosen subject. Its vital you are happy with your subject area, you’ll only be studying it for 3 years and getting yourself in debt over in after all!
** It’s worth noting, many universities give you the option to change course within the first couple of weeks too, so even if you decide to start it, you do have time to swap and change.
Somewhere To Live
Many of us head away from home when studying at university and much of the time, this means you need to find yourself somewhere to live. Student accommodation nationwide is generally of a good quality, but it’s important to do some research and find the best location within your Uni city for you to stay. If you haven’t either been lucky with Halls of residence, or you don’t fancy the lifestyle, consider joining university Facebook groups to find like minded housemates to live with.
Books & Supplies
At some point during the summer, you should be provided with at least a partial reading list for what you will need for the first module of your course. It is definitely a good idea to get hold of some of these books as early as you can so that you can start your reading. The earlier you get started on your reading, the better. Even if you don’t fancy getting ahead, you will want to get hold of your books as soon as you can, just so you know you have them ready.
Likewise, you will want to think about what you need besides your books and make sure that you put the time and money aside to go and find them. You might be able to get help from your parents or grandparents financially, or you might find that you need to use your own cash. In either case, make sure that you get your supplies sorted long before uni starts, so you don’t have to worry about it.
For most students, it is the first time that they are truly having to live financially independent , and it can for that reason be incredibly worrying for many people at first. The prospect of financial independence might worry you, but bear in mind that as a student there is plenty of help out there to help you along with this.
You might need to take out a student loan, as most students do, or you might even need to think about finding a part-time job as well. In either case, you need to make sure that you are planning ahead and that you don’t allow your money to get worse and worse, as doing so will only mean that you put yourself into a hole too early on in life. It can then be harder to get out of it, no matter how you try, and that can mean that you are going to find life a lot harder. Begin now by approaching your money in a sensible and direct manner, and you will find that it really makes an enormous difference to your student life and your life after university too.
The Social Life
There is no denying, university is mostly about socialising. Nights out, socials and Hall parties. It’s all about making the most of being young and pretty much free. Be sure to get yourself mentally prepared for the influx of socialising with strangers, and starting on the ladder so to speak with friends. If you generally struggle with socialising, you might find that you need to spend some time improving your social skills – but that is something that will serve you well far into the future anyway.
Remember, many people find their lifelong and best friends whilst studying at university, just like I did!
Hopefully this nugget of information and advice will help you get prepared for some of the most exciting times of your life.
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