7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Uni
I suspect the title works pretty well as it’s own intro for this one… 😉
1. It does go quickly: You’ll get told this many times throughout your degree but it’s not until you get to the end that you begin to realise it’s true. You might be tempted to dismiss the advice depending on how smug the person sounds when they tell you this, but it is true that 3 years can, and probably will, fly by. Cherish the time, make the most of each day. I suspect the title works pretty well as it’s own intro for this one… 😉
2. This is a formative time, you’ll change, but mostly for the better: It’s a bit of a cliche but University does offer you the chance to “find yourself”, to discover a bit of who you are and decide who you are going to be for the rest of your life. The separation from parents and the world back home give you the space to think about what your priorities and values are. This process helps mould the person you’re gonna be and will influence your decisions thereafter.* In a less profound way, it’s also a chance to learn new skills that will be of help for years to come (like cooking!)* Having said that, don’t get too stressed that you have to have some sort of dramatic revelation regarding your future, these are things you learn bit by bit just by living out your University experience day-by-day.
3. On that note: You don’t need to have your whole life planned out on day 1. It’s okay to not have any idea what you want to do when you rock up at University. Most people don’t have a clue regarding their plans for after Uni and many don’t even know once they’ve finished!
4. Put yourself out there, get stuck in early: If you want to try out any sports clubs or societies, it’s good to go and check them out early in the first term. Try out some things and decide which one(s) you want to commit to. I didn’t have time for 5 sports and 3 societies but I chose 1 or 2 and found great, proper friendships there. It’s harder to build friendships if you aren’t around or arrive late in the year – not impossible by any means, but harder. My advice, get stuck in early.
5. You don’t have to be an amazing reader to flourish: One of my chief concerns going into uni was that I wasn’t an avid enough reader to do well in my studies. There’s a lot of reading for sure, but you don’t have to be the kind of person who reads 3 books a day to flourish.
6. Don’t fall into the comparison trap: It’s tempting to look at those around us on our course and compare feedback and marks. When we compare our efforts with others, it can spur us on to work harder, and do better. It can also discourage and dishearten us. I learnt early on that some people are just smarter than me and there’s little I can do about that. I can only do the best I can do. I resolved to work the hardest I could and avoid unhelpful comparisons. The best person to compete with is yourself. Set yourself targets, work hard, celebrate what means success for you – it might not be as good a mark as the guy sitting next to you, but if it’s improved on your last mark, that is a success.
7. It’s not as scary as you think: It’s nearly all going to be new, but a good kind of new. It’s okay to be a little nervous, everyone is when they start. But take comfort in the fact that thousands of people just like you have been there, done it, survived and even thrived! Why should you be any different? 🙂
This is my last post now that I have offically graduated, thanks for reading! I hope these have been helpful for all you out there 🙂
If you haven’t applied to already, you should come to Warwick!
I certainly didn’t regret it!