How To Survive Your First Ever Term at University
You’ve heard “don’t drink too much” and “learn to cook” – but how do you actually stay alive and functional in your first ever term at uni?
1. Sort your sleeping pattern out asap.
Forget watching TV at 4am because “I can’t sleep” and actually just try and sleep. Freshers’ Week probably ruined your entire body clock, but you can turn it around. Nobody believes in you, but you can.
2. Eat pizza.
Because pizza is good for the soul, which is more important than your waistline.
3. Make a good impression on your tutors and lecturers.
You don’t need to go Good Will Hunting on them, just turn up and actually show an interest in the degree you’ve ~chosen~ to pay a fuck load of money for.
4. Go all out for Halloween.
Forget trick-or-treating at 11, getting zombied at 18 is what Halloween is really all about. Always one of the best nights out of first term.
5. Visit a home friend at their uni.
No matter how much you love uni, every now and then you need to get away from it. Instead of running back to mum and dad, do this instead. It’s a good excuse to see a new part of the country, you’ll have free accommodation and will get to see how other unis do things.
6. Don’t end up on a uni snapchat/spotted Facebook page.
Admittedly there’s probably not a lot you can do to help this one, just be on the lookout for snakes with a camera phone when drunk and/or in a public place.
7. Read at least one book on each module’s reading list.
You will seriously thank yourself for this when exams come around. First year doesn’t count, but it does actually so get reading.
8. Make more than one group of friends.
Housemates, course mates, people on your society, strangers in club toilets – they all want new friends too and are just waiting for you to walk over and say “hi x”.
9. Don’t join the gym.
Unless it’s free. If not, you can pay 99% less to join a sports society who will keep you just as fit but with added Wednesday night socials.
10. Figure out what time the supermarket replenishes the reduced section.
Maybe even just ask. Don’t ask, don’t get 20p bacon.
11. Actually take notes.
That you can read. Revision just won’t happen if you don’t.
12. But whatever you do, just make your own mistakes and do things your way.
Because it’s your uni experience and only you can fuck it up and then later make right.