5 tips for starting university

Hey there,

I was brainstorming ideas for blog posts a while go and I decided to write a post or two about university. I know a lot of you may be going back to university soon like me or maybe you’re starting your first year of university. Either way I thought this post might help some of you out. I’ve made a list of all the things that may help you out during the first few months of your first year of university. I’m no professional of course this is just a bit of friendly advice from one university student to another.

1. Be prepared- Be that mentally or with outfits and stationary. Know what you’re wearing the night before you’re heading to university the next university the next day. You can hang them on your wardrobe door or have them folded on the end of your bed. This way they’re easy to grab in the morning and you’re not rushing to look for your favourite pair of jeans or your missing sock. If you bring a pencil case or laptop or a couple of notebooks/books to university every day it might be an idea to leave them in your bad so you’re that bit prepared for whatever the next day might bring.

2. Study-  This is probably a bit of an obvious one but it goes without saying that it is important to keep up with your course material as the year goes on. I don’t know about you but I usually have a ton of reading to do for my courses be it novels and poems for English or cases and textbook chapters for Law. I try to do a little bit each day or at least when I can so I can keep on top of it as much as possible. I love reading so reading some of the novels for university during time off doesn’t really bother me and it’s a handy way to keep up.

3. Join clubs and societies- This is a gret way to way to make new friends and get to know people, plus you share a common interest. There’s a club or society for everyone and if your university has clubs and societies they’re definitely well worth looking into. At the university I go to there’s a huge variety. So for clubs we have all sorts of sports: basketball, soccer, Gaelic, badminton and more. In terms of societies there are loads to choose from: debating, drama, St. Vincent De Paul, ELSA, Yoga, Dance, DJ, Radio and lots more.

4. Ask for help if you need it- This can be in terms of many different areas but it is so important. In my experience and I’m so grateful for it, lecturers and tutors are usually more than happy to help you with any area of your course that you may be having trouble with. I’d recommend going up to them at the end of a lesson and asking when the have some free time to discuss whatever you’re struggling with. Another option, which we are also advised to do at university is to send them a polite email asking for their help. More than likely they’ll answer your query via email or they time and place they can arrange to meet you to speak about it in person which will usually be during their office hours. Also there may also be other facilities that you can avail of such as counselling, medical and financial services.

5. Get to know your classmates- This can be incredibly hard at first, I know, but there are a couple of things you can do. Orientation day or week, depending on what your university organises is the perfect time to get to know your classmates. I remember on my orientation I felt so overwhelmed by the amount of people in the room but I went over to two girls and we exchanged Facebook names and we still hang out. Exchanging profile names is a great way to keep in touch with people and get to know them. It’s also pretty handy if there are large numbers in your class. In some of my classes there are 250 students and looking around it’s so hard to find people you met two days ago. Myself and the girls set up a group chat and if one of us got to class before the rest they sent a message saying where they were sitting. It was a really handy way to look out for one another and have someone to sit with during class. Sitting beside some new people maybe on a different row during a lecture can also be an idea. Even a simple smile or a “hello” can go a long way.

6. Have fun- I know I gave a tip about studying earlier so this may seem like a bit of a contradiction but I do think it is important to have a balance between studying, socialising and everything else that university involves. University can be a really fun place to be so don’t forget to do some things that you enjoy. For me I enjoy meeting up with friends between classes or spending some time sitting on one of the benches on campus at around 5 o clock in the afternoon if I’m around the university at that time and watch the sun set as the campus begins to empty of people as the day draws to close.

Thanks so much for reading my post. I hope you found some of these tips useful. I know the first couple of weeks can be tough but I definitely got used to it after a while and I really enjoy it. If you’ve any questions feel free to leave them in a comment!

I don’t start back until the 24th of September so I have a bit of a wait to go! I’m one of the orientation leaders for the first year orientation week and I’m really looking forward to that.

Did you go to university?

Have you got any tips that you’d like to share?

Best wishes and good luck!

Girl Masked

 

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post, I’m sure a lot of freshers will find that useful! I never went to uni, unfortunately and it’ll always be one of my biggest regrets xxx

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  2. ofbeautyand says:

    The main tip I’d give is make sure about the course you want to do x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  3. These are excellent tips! I wish I had this post when I was starting college 🙂

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  4. Bryoni Burns says:

    I loved reading this and yes some great tips. I agree with them all. I actually enjoyed reading as I’m going into my second year. I definitely need to follow these tips when I start in September 😁

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  5. Clementine says:

    This is such a great post with some really great tips. I miss University so much!
    Clem xx
    http://www.clemloves.co.uk

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  6. I agree with all of these points, especially being prepared, it makes all the difference! Great post!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

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  7. Annie says:

    Thank you for this! My first year of Uni is nearly over but I still took a lot away from this post. Exchanging Facebook names was something I did a lot when I first started out. It’s a great way to talk to your classmates outside of the classroom.

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  8. I went to university for just under 2 years and I definitely agree with all of this. Having a work/social balance is so key to not going completely insane! I ended up dropping out because it all just got too much for me so I could’ve totally used these tips years back, haha! Hope you enjoy your next year!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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  9. Kate says:

    Love this post. I’m about to start my third year & agree with all of these! I wish I’d signed up to more extra stuff like societies. Maybe this year! X

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  10. Batool says:

    These were such useful tips! Completely agree with you on being prepared, it definitely helps.

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  11. I’m a student currently, and I made the mistake of not studying! Lol, I’ve learnt my lesson anyway. This is a great post! Wish I read this before going to uni !

    Caroline | http://caroomakeupblog.com

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  12. These are great tips for all freshers! I always have my outfit looked out for the next day so if I sleep in I’m not rushing about or if I wake up on time I can enjoy my morning

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  13. Such good tips – especially four and five! I think uni can be a bit daunting because its such a different learning experience to what we’ve all been used to. I think making friends with classmates as well as people in halls is so important, so that you really expand your network, which is always handy for your second year when you have decisions to make about where and who to live with! I’m sure these tips will be really helpful to new freshers, super kind of you to share, Kate!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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  14. I wish I had joined more clubs and societies but I was too shy and socially awkward. Still am so not sure if much would change if I had my way again.

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  15. Bethany Jane says:

    Great tips! I think a lot of people I went to un with didn’t realise how much their tutors and lecturers were willing to help them if they just asked. It’s definitely intimidating but there’s nothing worse than not understanding the subject or assignment and feeling like no one can help. They don’t want you to fail, it’s always worth asking! I miss being at uni, hope you have a great year!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much, delighted that you think so! Yeah that’s so true! Thank you, I’m looking forward to it!

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  16. hudapervez says:

    These are some great tips! Having finished uni, I can totally agree with you especially on being mentally prepared and not forgetting to have fun! It goes by pretty fast so it’s important to make the most of it! xx
    Beaulife.org

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  17. Such a useful post, Kate! I couldn’t agree more about doing a little uni work every day, it is so much easier and less stressful to space things out than to leave all of your reading / essays to the last minute! I made some amazing friends at the clubs and societies that I attended, I still keep in touch with loads of them even though I finished my undergrad three years ago!

    Abbey xx

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  18. Great tips, and I agree with them all, especially the one about joining clubs and societies. I never would have made all the friends I did and still have them as incredibly close friends now if I didn’t join the Harry Potter Society! I find it so weird how different it would have been if I didn’t know those people, so definitely try and make friends when you’re there.

    One of my tips, and I hope it doesn’t sound too negative, is to let go of any massive expectations you have about the university experience. I’m a bit of a dreamer, so I had all of these hopes and expectations about what uni would be like, and then I was a little disappointed when it turned out differently. So when you go, literally let go of any expectations and know they it’ll be such a unique experience for each and every person. Enjoy it for what it is, instead of what you wish it could be like!

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  19. I personally didn’t go to uni but my sister is going into her second year! Sounds like great tips – will share with James’ sister as she’ll be going soon!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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  20. This is such an awesome blog post babe and is gonna help so many people who are at uni this year! 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | AlishaValerie.com

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much, delighted that you think so!

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