As some of you may know, I'm upping sticks to the edge of the Cotswolds this week, and moving into my new home! I'm thuper excited, but also thuper busy and thuper without broadband. Rather than leave you guys without a fix, I've lined up three amazing guest bloggers to provide the content this week. 

Heading up my dream team is the gorgeous Jaye from Bed in the Kitchen. When we were ping-ponging ideas back and forth, I asked her if she wouldn't mind talking about what uni was like for a student now - her hopes, thoughts, fears, what going into final year was like five years after I made that journey myself (the last sentence is a great way to make yourself feel really old in no time at all!) Without any more yammering from me, I really hope you enjoy Jaye's third year resolutions - good luck in your final year, girl!

In the next two weeks I’ll be packing up my car and heading back to London for my third and, hopefully, final year of University. When Tami first asked me to write this post, I was a little sceptical, I haven’t had the best University experience, and the last thing I wanted to do was scare off people who are starting their first year this month! I spent ages staring at the computer before deciding to change it up a little, and instead of telling you about my worries for the year ahead, sharing some advice instead, that I definitely need to follow too. Let’s call them, Third Year Resolutions.

Say yes to everything. On my first night in halls at the beginning of my first year, two of my flatmates knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to go to the pub with them. There weren’t many people who had already moved in, lots of people waited until classes started, so there was only three of us on the whole floor. It was about eight in the evening, I’d been at a gig the night before, and I was exhausted from moving, and having to say goodbye to my parents, so I declined their offer. I regretted it for weeks. My halls of residence weren't particularly social, and the bonds forged in those early days were the only friendships that really existed. My time in halls was pretty lonely, I always regretted not just saying yes, even if it was only for one drink.
Being at University, especially if you’re also in a new city, brings around a lot of new and exciting opportunities, the last thing you want to do is look back and wish you’d grabbed them all.

Don’t go to lectures hungover. You will fall asleep. The lecturer will notice. You will feel like you’re dying. Just don’t.

Be proactive. My lecturers at University are nothing short of useless. I’ve had to send three emails just to get my starting date, when others on different courses got their full timetable back in July. It can be frustrating at times, my first and second year I spent half my time chasing lecturers for information or feedback. It’s worth doing though, you’re paying nine grand a year for this education, so make sure you’re getting everything you need. Similarly, my University is pretty awful when it comes to letting you know about opportunities within the community, whether that’s guest lectures, support systems or even the facilities available. A little research told me that I could sign up to a fortnightly newsletter to find out about anything going on. Unlike school, they won’t hand you anything on a plate at Uni, you have to work for it.

Figure out how you work best, and stick to it. For me, this means a clean and tidy desk, quiet, between the hours of 8pm and 2am, a few candles lit, a few days before my deadline, with a bag of Doritos. If I’ve got ages til my deadline, it’s morning, or my flat’s a mess? Forget it. Stick with what you’re good at, it’ll make it all a lot easier.

Research, and research again. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of doing just enough research to support your work, but my highest grades have come from pieces where I’ve spent a good few days holed up in the library. Tedious, but worth it, and at the end of the day, there’s no point spending £9,000 and not giving it your all.

Take photos of everything. There will come a day where you want to look back on it all, and right now, I’d have nothing to look at.

See more, do more. It’s easy to waste away your evenings curled up in bed with Netflix (especially if, like me, you decide to live with your significant other), when there are so many other things you could be doing. My university is in London, which means there are only about seven billion things I could be doing. You won’t remember the evening you spent in watching House of Cards, but you will remember the night you did a midnight tour of the city, or the day you packed up a picnic and sat in the park. Make memories you will look back on with a smile.

Don’t plan things to buy when your student loan comes in. I seem to start every term with a list of things to buy, then all of a sudden, you’ve blown a third of your budget for four months in less than a week. It happens. However, when you can’t afford to buy Christmas presents, or you can’t pay your electricity bill, you’ll wish you hadn’t bought six new MAC lipsticks. Which brings me on to my next point…

Spend money on experiences, not things. Again, you won’t remember the Topshop boots, but you’ll remember the day trip to Brighton.

Hopefully, if I can remember all of this throughout the year, this year will be better than the last!

4 comments

  1. I love this! Some very good points, and sometimes I wish I could go back and change a few things so I would have enjoyed uni more. Uni here is a little different (we don't really do residency halls and such) but the overall experience is the same, and I definitely missed out on a few things.

    Hopefully lots of people will read this and take note, because they're so important :)

    Brodie Jay

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    1. I think so too Brodie! I loved what Jaye wrote about spending money on experiences too - I think I definitely forgot this one while I was at uni :( T xx

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  2. lovely post! I love the last tip: Spend money on experiences, not things. So true and obvious, but so easy to forget!

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    1. I always forget this one too!! I definitely forgot during uni - this was the point that resonated with me most :) T xx

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