Returning readers will probably know that I’ve come to the end of my first year at uni, so for the 4th of my daily student life blog posts, I thought I’d tell you a little about my first year and the (silly) things I did, just to give you a little insight into my first year of university. Enjoy!

  • I’ve put on almost two stones in weight (don’t judge me ok)
  • At the beginning of the year I read all my books (I even sat and read the whole of Trainspotting the day before my lesson. I was so scared I was going to get in trouble if I hadn’t read it that I sat and read it in one sitting; it took me TEN HOURS, but I did it!) but then I stopped reading them completely halfway through the year
  • Sometimes I leave the washing in the basket for a little too long and only wash the clothes when I’m running out of clothes to wear (stop judging me)
  • I did get homesick and used to get pretty lonely at the start of the year
  • I did most of my essays the night before they were due in
  • 80% of my revision was done the day before the exam
  • I did used to worry whether my English Literature degree would even help me in life
  • My mum sent me food in bulk to be frozen so I didn’t have to cook much
  • But when I did, my go-to foods for the year were noodles/extremely fattening spinach and cheese tortellini pasta from Sainsburys/chicken wings
  • After my last exam I was so bored I finally started reading the books I was supposed to have read for my exam
  • I joined the gym in November, went a few times and that was it – I still haven’t cancelled my gym membership
  • I was late to almost every single one of my morning lessons
  • I only had one lecture a week on Mondays and I must have missed the last 8 or so – okay, seeing that typed out, that’s actually really bad

*By reading this you understand that this is a safe space and what I tell you here stays here. *

Perhaps it’s a little silly to put it on the internet then isn’t it…just kidding, of course! Share, share and tell everyone you know! I hope you enjoyed reading.

What confessions do you have to make? Tell me anonymously here.

1 Week Mary x



  1. This post would have been so useful the summer before I started uni – although I obsessively read all the ‘official’ advice, I find reading about people’s actual experience so much more helpful! I can definitely sympathise with reading ALL the books at the beginning at uni. This might not make much sense, but I think learning to read effectively/selectively was one of the most important academic skills I learnt at uni!

    1. I know exactly what you mean, I was the same! I abs loved reading about students’ experiences and watching YouTube videos about uni, it’s just so good to get an actual students perspective sometimes & trust me it does make sense! I know what you mean, I think I’m still learning that yet though lol. Thank for sharing! Xx

  2. I gained a lot of weight too 😅 this was between my third year and now though. Hoping to lose it all after my wisdom tooth extraction!

    I got very homesick too, but didn’t own up to it until this past year!

    1. I really hope I don’t put any more on, I need to take control now!! Come on girl we can do this! Awww good luck!& I think it’s natural, everyone gets a little homesick tbh, thanks for sharing! Xx

    1. Hahaha thank you so much! I always aim to make you readers laugh 😀 and there’s definitely no judging here, so many people have not gone to uni yet are some of the most successful people in the WORLD. & I know, mums are just amazing, thanks so much for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed it! Xx

    1. Aaah, that’s why I’m writing these posts, to let prospective students see experiences from an actual student, I’m daily blogging student life posts this week, so if there’s anything else you want me to write about just let me know. Alternatively, if you’ve got any questions, I’ll answer them for you 😀 thanks for reading Hun Xx

  3. My lips are sealed! I’m starting uni in September and now I’m absolutely dreading it, I don’t wanna put on two stone I’ve put on enough these past couple of years. I’m determined to lose it. I’d love to see other posts based on your first year of uni! It’d really help me prepare I’m already a panicky mess x

    Claire ❤ | My Little Memoir

    1. Noooo, I didn’t mean to make you panic! Don’t worry you 99999% won’t put on two stones, it was my own fault for sitting and just eating and eating – you can learn from my mistakes! & I’m daily blogging all about student life this week so feel free to check them out and if there’s anything specific you’d like to know I’m only a tweet/email away! Thanks for reading Hun Xxx

    1. I know right, it’s so easy to become sooo incredibly lazy (well it was for me) & wow that must be so exciting, hope everything works out well!! Thanks for reading Xx

  4. I agree with every single one of these. Especially the tortellini pasta, I couldn’t risk cooking much in my kitchen in first year! Good luck with the rest of Uni! xx

  5. This is brilliant, I lost half almost a stone as I couldnt be bothered to cook! My washing I actually took home because I was that lazy in halls. As for being late for lectures, you turned up to far more than I did!

    1. I wish I’d lost half a stone, I just event to sainsburys and got fatty pasta 😩 and I used to do that too! I’d bring big black bags of washing home 😂 & lol, ok that’s reassuring! Thanks a lot for commenting Xxx

  6. I’ve just finished my first year of college so I’m super excited to apply for uni- posts like this add to the excitement. I want to do English lit so knowing that you haven’t gone to lectures and you’re still surviving is really reassuring! It sounds like your first year’s been so fab xo

    1. Yesss I know exactly what you mean, I was the same, reading just about anything I could get my hands on. If you want to do English Lit, go for it! I abs love it and yesss but always try to go to your lectures (if you can), I think I was just a little too lazy at times! Thanks for reading & I’m glad you enjoyed it 😀 xxx

    1. Haha I love this! So many of these I felt myself smiling at and realising I’d been doing exactly the same thing! Especially with the reading, as a Lit student I definitely trailed off towards the end. Really enjoyed reading this post! x

      1. Aww I’m glad I could make you smile! I need to get back on track with my reading, too. I’ve got the books but the hardest part is sitting down and reading them lol. Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for reading! Xx

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  8. Reblogged this on Fille to Femme and commented:
    So I’ve recently found this pretty amazing student blog! One Week Mary blogs about a whole range of topics, including beauty, fashion, and other creative biz, but my personal favourite is her Student Life section. So nice and helpful to find someone else writing on the student topic! This post in particular made me smile 🙂

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