University will probably be the best three years of your life, so its important to make the most of it. Just because you’re having fun and week long parties, it doesn’t mean that you can’t focus on your studies. Find a good balance between the two. Enjoy this experience and come out with a great degree. Then you’re a real winner.
1. Talk to everyone and anyone
This is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself into new things. By talking to anyone this will help you make new friends and create a larger network of university friends. You never know, these could be your friends for life, so make an effort to mix. It’s also important for you to remember, everyone is in the same boat as you, everyone has moved away from home and are probably having the same worries as you. Just remember that Freshers is a great way to meet new people and have a great time, so participate in this great experience, as this is the beginning of making friends.
2. Join a society
If you are someone that enjoys having a hobby or you’re wanting to start one, then joining a society is a great way for trying new things, meeting new people and taking part in something you enjoy. If there is something that you enjoy doing, but there isn’t a society that caters for your chosen hobby, then there is nothing stopping you from starting one. Societies do not just have to be about sport, at my university, there is a Harry Potter society, where they play Quidditch…
3. Do more than the bare minimum
By taking a proactive role in your degree, you are more likely to finish with the grade you aspire to. You need to try and ignore the people that keep repeating, “You only need 40 per cent to pass.” Although true, just remember you are paying £9,000 each year, and that money should not be wasted on a third. Aim high and make the money that you have spent on your education worth it.
4. Get work experience
Work experience is a great way to gain experience of what it can be like in your future career and help you get to know the industry. It is also a great way to make contacts and start building your network for when you’re in the industry of your choice. The more work experiences you have, the more likely and easily you would get a job after graduation. It is also a great way to build up your portfolio and your own knowledge on your chosen career path.
5. Use your student status proudly
Perks of becoming a student are definitely getting student discounts. Most clothes shops or restaurants offer student discounts, and most of the time you can just show your campus student card. Other places require an NUS card; this little gem makes its money back quickly. Pizza Express offers 40 per cent off and at times free Dough Balls, whereas, Frankie and Benny’s offer 20 percent off. You can also get discounts on travel, beauty, fashion and much more. Ask if a place offers a student discount, it may save you those extra pennies and pounds.
6. Use the library
Although Google Scholar and SAGE are your friends, you cannot beat a good, traditional book. Whether you’re writing an academic essay, doing research or using the space as a place to do other work, the library is a great place to come. You are surrounded by great resources, so use them. If you get easily distracted, then go to the library for some peace and quiet. You’ll be guaranteed to be surrounded by a learning atmosphere, (unless you go with friends…). Most libraries are open 24/4, with a wide selection of books that will help you with your work.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Your lecturers and tutors are there for a reason. Use them. This is your degree we are speaking about, ask them for help. Even if you don’t want to ask for help in front of anyone. Although, I bet most people are in the same boat as you, and you can email the lecture and ask for a meeting, so they can explain anything necessary in more detail for you. The lecturers want you to do well, they will not mind you asking, so don’t be afraid.
If you have any more top tips, feel free to let us know – but we know the most important thing is to ensure university is the best it can be!!
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