University. Expectations vs Reality!

Hello everyone and welcome to blog post no.2!!

Today’s blog post is going to be about the expectations of university vs the reality of it. The rationale behind this blog post is that when I first moved to University, I had very high expectations which unfortunately weren’t met. I feel it is very important to make students aware of the reality of university because it is not always what it is made out to be.

I guess I am quite late on this post as I believe the deadline for UCAS applications is around this time of year. However, students are able to change their minds about university until the very last minute, even when you enrol in uni… you can still leave!

I will start by highlighting some of the generic expectations of university and then talk about my experiences and whether they are truths or myths:

  1. You will drink a LOT

This is a MYTH/TRUTH. It really depends on your preferences. During ‘freshers’ a lot of people living in my accommodation did a lot of drinking, and still do a lot of drinking now. This is mainly due to your student loan so people tend to spend more on alcohol. However, you don’t HAVE to drink at Uni. I don’t drink often and have never felt pressured into drinking. However, it is something that a lot of people talk about, so if you don’t drink you can feel like the odd one out, but don’t worry there will be others like you. 

2. You will DEFINITELY be best mates with you flatmates

This is a MYTH. I think this was the biggest shock of University. I was expecting to make a lot of friends and certainly be very close to my flatmates but I’m not, and a lot of people I have spoken to are not close with their flatmates either. You aren’t guaranteed to love your flatmates or become best friends, but most people do. However, this is not a certainty.

3. You will have the best time of your life.

This is a MYTH. This is very subjective but I felt it appropriate to label it a myth for the following reasons. When applying to university, you aren’t made aware of how difficult it can be. University can be very emotionally draining and a VERY lonely place, especially if you move far away and are not able to travel home frequently. My short time at university so far has proven to be challenging as it is not the fairy-tale it is made out to be. University isn’t for everyone and sometimes you realise that when you get there. There are many reasons why Uni isn’t enjoyable for people BUT, this is very subjective and some people have an amazing time at Uni!!

4. It is necessary to stay up late to complete assignments.

This is a MYTH. Personally, I have not felt it necessary to pull all-nighters to finish any of my assignments. It’s all about time management. Start your assignments early and set realistic goals for what section you want to complete by the end of the day or set hours of study. Staying up all night and being tired will reduce your motivation and could even result in your assignment being worse.

5. All you eat at Uni is pasta and takeaways.

This is a MYTH. This is a huge myth and it’s literally just down to choice. You can choose to only eat pasta and spend money on takeaways but I have only ever done this a handful of times. The trick to eating well (and saving money) at Uni is to do a food shop at places like Aldi or Lidl and plan meals. There are many quick, nutritious and varied meals you in your kitchen at Uni.

I will have a blog post going up within the next week on meal ideas for Uni which are cheap and convenient!

Thanks for reading, I hope you found this blog useful. If you are a college/sixth form student applying to Uni, then Good Luck!!! I hope that you get the offers that you want and achieve the grades you need!

Katie x

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How to stay organised at University: A short guide.

Organisation is the key to success. It is easy to find yourself stressed and flustered when you aren’t organised. This post will highlight some easy ways to stay organised during University in order to work efficiently and effectively.

First, tidy your room! A tidy room leads to a tidy mind. Most of my course requires independent study so I work a lot from my bedroom. I have developed a habit of cleaning my desk space and tidying up every morning so I can work without any distractions. If you have a LOT of stuff then maybe it’s time to declutter.

The next thing to do is ensure your books, notepads, folders etc are all organised. Have notes and books easily accessible and give everything a home. File away loose notes so that nothing is lost, or type them up if you are liable to lose paper. Keep drawers organised by having everything arranged in a way that you can see what is in there, avoid layering things up as this can lead to you thinking something is lost but really it is just buried under a pile of stuff. Baskets or tubs are an easy way to organise drawers.

To stay organised on a day-to-day basis, invest in a diary. I never used diaries before but at University, I am constantly checking. Spend an hour writing down key dates and times for things throughout the year and check every morning what you have planned for the week. Make sure you re-adjust accordingly in case plans change. Alternatively, find an app that works for you with reminders if you prefer a digital version.

In order to stay organised, it can help to get into a routine. Sleep patterns are so important at Uni. Whilst most people think you need to pull all-nighters in order to get things done (which you will see in my next blog post is simply a myth), it is actually easier to stay organised when maintaining a good sleeping pattern. This allows you to feel well-rested throughout the day and then if you set yourself targets to achieve by the end of the day, you are more likely to succeed!

That’s all for today’s post. I hope you find some of these tips useful!! My next blog post will reveal some of the myths of university, so stay tuned for that!

I hope you all have a great day.

Katie x

GETTING TO KNOW ME

Hi!

Welcome to my first blog post. Blogging is something that I’ve tried twice before but never stuck too. However, I am hoping with my free time at University, I will be able to commit. My blog will document my time at University, offering advice for Sixth Form/College students in preparation for University and also revealing some of the truths and expectations of University. I also hope to include meal plans and organisational techniques, alongside much more!!

I hope if anybody reads my blog posts that they are able to take something valuable away and hopefully find it useful.

I am looking forward to what this blog has to offer, so watch this space.

Katie x