UNI TIPS: What I've learnt in first year

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Hi everyone! Hope you are all happy that it's the start of spring and the rain that's come with it and having a lovely Easter. I've (very) nearly finished my first year at university and as part of my uni tips series I thought I'd share with you a few things I've come to realise (it's a bit Kylie Jenner-esque really isn't it).

  • There will be people from home who you'll fall out with and grow distant from, and potentially never see again - I mean we might as well start it off on a light-hearted note... I've had a couple of friends from home who I've fallen out with massively since starting uni and plenty more who I've grown distant from just because of well, the distance! I feel very lucky that I still have a lovely core group of friends at home who I see a lot of when I'm back and all my friends at uni too but there are some people who I've pretty much completely lost contact with which I'm fine with.
  • Budgeting is so important - This may sound fairly obvious but I've been so bad at budgeting in first year. I've been the kind of student to always rely on the fact I have an overdraft to get me through the term. I also can't stress enough the importance of planning ahead. Plan all your meals to make sure you a) don't waste food and b) have enough food to last the week. I'm such a culprit of convenience food but I'd say the best way to budget food is to factor in an amount to spend on a big supermarket (in store or online) shop every week so you know exactly how much you have left for other things
  • I work very well under pressure - I am one of those people who if I've been told to do something will put it off until the very last minute, which rings true for uni work also. I am one of the kind of people who will smash out a 2000 word essay in a day or 2 and still get a fairly good mark! (disclaimer: would not recommend this strategy at all)
  • I'm extremely indecisive: I've considered dropping out/transferring universities at least 50000 times in first year. My uni is great and I honestly can't imagine myself somewhere else which is fundamentally the reason why I chose it and why I've also chosen to stay there for good! 
  • You have to take risks and come out of your comfort zone in order to get noticed. For example: I'd been on the mailing list for content calls from my student newspaper since freshers but didn't write any actual articles until around February time because I thought my writing would be crap and no one would want to read it! Every little thing like this will show people who you are and get your name out there as well as boost your confidence: be brave!

Hope you've enjoyed reading this post, it's not a very long one but hopefully somewhat interesting? I think I'm going to do a post about results day tips soon so if anyone would like to read that let me know!

Lottie x


  1. Some great tips Hun! I agree budgeting is key! Hope you have had a great first year and love the rest of uni! If I can give you a tip as a a post grad it would be to enjoy every second as it flies by! - Emma xxx https://thebeautyanalyst.net/

    1. thank you!! definitely agree, this year has flown by! xx

  2. These are some great things, and really great that you've learnt them all in your first year! I definitely relate to a few of these - budgeting; oh so important! And I've definitely noticed growing distant from people. I've even noticed that over the uni course; there's definitely people in first year you're friendly with just because they're there, over the years I've definitely realised the kind of people I want to be friends with and the kind I don't!

    I hope you've had a lovely time this year and continue to for the rest of your degree!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    1. thanks!! I agree, there's people who I spoke to a load at the start of first year and barely speak to anymore! Can't wait for next year!:) xx

  3. This is really interesting and some great tips for uni students. Ps. you're definitely at the best uni;) Abi | RamblingsofaBlonde


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