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:
- How to host a successful dinner party on my own
- How to not get lost in London
- The right is always for standing, the left is for walking
- Although it might seem like it at first, making friends at uni really isn’t hard
- Cooking isn’t so hard and noodles are always there for backup
- It’s 100% possible to stay in contact with old (real) friends when you move out for uni
- It’s not sensible, nor practical to spend your loan within the first month of receiving it – you need money to live!
- Getting a job in London isn’t as easy as everyone claims it is
- 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
- It’s almost inevitable that you’re going to put weight on in your first year
- 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
- 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
- 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 – or second, or final – year.
- Cleaning isn’t as easy as you always thought it was when you saw your Mum doing it
- Tubes in London aren’t that hard to use once you get used to them
- 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”
- Life’s too short to hold grudges, especially over petty things
- Growing up is hard
- 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!)
- 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)
- 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
- I can be independent, I can do things for myself and I can survive without my nearest and dearest around me 24/7
- I’m going to have to work hard for second year
- 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