Uni is a Balancing Act
Instead of focusing on the scary academic side of university, I thought I’d do something a bit different by sharing my experiences of university life with you so you can all use them and make the most out of your time at uni; whether you’re a second year like me or have barely begun.
First of all, you’ll hear so many people say that "university is the best years of your life" and while this is definitely true it may not always seem like it. University is all about moving out of your comfort zone and making new friends in a whole new world, but it’s also true that it comes with a hell of a lot of hard work. So here is some advice on using these amazing years wisely.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to get involved with as much as possible. This is the best way to keep meeting new people and having amazing times with friends. While it’s easy to sit at home and concentrate on your work 24/7, remember that uni is also about developing yourself as a person and learning how to make it in the ‘real-world’. Join societies, go on nights out, even just have a flat movie night! All of these things will be the memories you’ll reflect on in years to come.
Remember to love your subject…
Picking one specific subject to study for the next few years of your life is definitely daunting and your love for it can sometimes get a bit strained. But when this happens just remember how much you truly do have passion for your degree, as well as all of your course friends. Take a step away from your essays and assignments and see what else your department can offer. Many subject specific societies (or even the departments themselves) organise lots of talks from inspiring people and workshops to get involved; ask your departmental coordinator about these because sometimes they’re not as well advertised. These are such great opportunities and most of the time they start to relight that passion you have for your course.
Don’t get lost in the stress…
All fun aside, the workload at uni is extremely hard and ongoing. It’s extremely easy to let yourself get overwhelmed with all the essays and deadlines but I promise that this feeling is normal and everyone experiences it; just make sure you handle it in the best way! Get organised, seek help from tutors and stay calm. We’ve all had that horrible overwhelming feeling of leaving an essay to the last minute or not even being able to understand a whole piece of work but everybody has these moments so you’re not alone. Everybody knows you’re at uni to get a degree but make sure you don’t suffer physically and emotionally in order to get these grades. And if all else fails, Warwick hosts a number of ‘Doggy De-stress’ days throughout the year so you can put your worries aside and cuddle some puppies; it’s amazing what wonders a puppy can work!
I hope this is a useful blog for many of you. While uni is about hard work, remember that your own wellbeing should always come first.