Exams are over, results are in – my first year of university is officially over. I can’t believe it’s been a whole academic year since my embarrassing first day of university.

I’ve learnt a lot this year and I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learnt with you. Here they are:

  1. How to host a successful dinner party on my own
  2. How to not get lost in London
  3. The right is always for standing, the left is for walking
  4. Although it might seem like it at first, making friends at uni really isn’t hard
  5. Cooking isn’t so hard and noodles are always there for backup
  6. It’s 100% possible to stay in contact with old (real) friends when you move out for uni
  7. It’s not sensible, nor practical to spend your loan within the first month of receiving it – you need money to live!
  8. Getting a job in London isn’t as easy as everyone claims it is
  9. Going to uni doesn’t mean automatically becoming extremely sociable – I was at the first part of the year and the end, but in the middle of the year I spent a lot of time cooped up in bed, either sleeping or eating. That being said, it definitely is possible to have a social life – it’s not all work, work, work
  10. It’s almost inevitable that you’re going to put weight on in your first year
  11. High school and college aren’t accurate representations of adult life. When I was younger, I never thought that high school would end, and then it did, and I realised that my high school days were probably some of the most carefree times I’ve had; even if I was constantly worrying, it was over petty things. The outside world is so different and university kind of prepares you for that
  12. However, just because you’re in university, it doesn’t mean your a grown up; I always thought that by my age I’d be a proper adult when I was younger, but that’s just not true
  13. Starting essays the night before isn’t the best idea, but it’s kinda guaranteed that you will do it at some point in your first year. If/when you do, don’t panic, it can be done and my handy guide will be there to help you
  14. Cleaning isn’t as easy as you always thought it was when you saw your Mum doing it
  15. Tubes in London aren’t that hard to use once you get used to them
  16. Your time at university just flies by – as cliche as it sounds, it seems like just yesterday I was packing my suitcase and checking off my “what to take to uni checklist”
  17. Life’s too short to hold grudges, especially over petty things
  18. Growing up is hard
  19. You can still pass your first year without reading all the books on your reading list (if you’re going to uni this Sept, you didn’t see that ok. Read them all!)
  20. Just because I could ice skate 6 years ago doesn’t mean I still can (luckily, I didn’t fall though…okay it was just a little slip…or two)
  21. Walking into Hamleys when you’re 19 years old, checking out all 5 floors, testing the toys and then walking out with a huge smile on your face is completely normal
  22. I can be independent, I can do things for myself and I can survive without my nearest and dearest around me 24/7
  23. I’m going to have to work hard for second year
  24. I can do anything once I put my mind to it

Now here’s a challenge for you all. Whether you’re at university or not, I want to know the answer to this: what have you learnt in the last year?

1 Week Mary x



  1. Over the last year, I’ve learnt that while I love university it mightn’t be the right choice for me. It’s helped me accept myself a bit more, and I have loved all my time here, but I learnt that it’s okay to not be good at something you once thought was for you.

    Loved your post! You’ve learnt some great lessons there! Can’t wait for your next blog post! xx

    1. That’s so honest and its so great that you’ve found that! It’s so weird I was literally just on your blog lol! Definitely, we learn as we go along and if something that really appealed to you once before just isn’t the same now, it’s completely fine, it’s another lesson learnt.
      Thanks so much, I really hope you enjoy it! Xx

  2. I’ve just finished my degree and feel like I learnt way too much to put in one comment, so I’ll try to keep things brief! The things that first spring to mind are that it’s important to push yourself out of your comfort zone, that there’s not one set path that your life has to follow within a certain time frame and that it helps to talk to someone if you’re having a rough time. Hope you enjoy the rest of your time at university! 🙂

    1. Yesss, I love that! I definitely agree with you there & congratulations on finishing your degree, I hope everything works out for you 😀 thanks so much and thank you for commenting! Xxx

    1. Thanks a lot, so glad you enjoyed it! & I’m excited to see where it takes me! Got a whole week full of uni posts so stick around if you liked this one! Thank you! Xxx

  3. I personally never went to university, well I did a foundation course for a year and realised it wasn’t for me. Although, my other half is currently doing his placement uni year here in London and I’m sure he could agree with most.

    I think this past year, we’ve both learnt that anything is possible and that we, as a couple get through anything together!

    Jessica & James

    1. Thanks a lot, so glad you enjoyed it! I’ve got a full week dedicate to student life posts so be sure to stick around if you want to see more! Enjoy your year out! Xxx

  4. Haha, what a brilliant post; your list is scarily accurate of my first year experience as well!

    Hmm, what I’ve learned this year? It’s a very bad idea to try to fit too many people through revolving doors at once…

    Anna @ wishiwasmary.wordpress.com

    1. Thanks so much & I’ve got so many more student life posts up this year that will hopefully be helpful. I know exactly how it is – this time last year I was checking out every blog post, every YouTube video on university lol! Thanks for commenting and be sure to come back for more if you liked this post! Xxx

  5. Love this list, really seems like your university experience is helping you to grow as a person! And I love that some of the things you learnt had some unexpected twists to them. I’d have to say that this year I’ve learnt that I need to stop being so hard on myself and be thankful for the things I have managed to achieve despite it being difficult! Another wonderful post 🙂

    Pandora xx

    1. You know what, it really is! & that is such a great lesson learnt! It’s so important to focus on what you HAVE achieved rather than what could’ve been. & there’s no need to be hard on yourself because you’re an amazing person! Thank you so much, thanks for commenting! Xxx

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