Being at uni can be overwhelming at times. It’s most likely the first time that you’ve been truly responsible for all aspects of your life; your study, your time and your money. If you have little experience of handling your finances or haven’t a clue about how to budget, then don’t panic, you’re not alone!
Becoming a student at university is an exciting time. It's a big new adventure and one that will open new paths for your future. But it can also be a very trying time. For many students, the university experience isn't quite what they expected, and the pressure becomes overwhelming.
So, you’re about to start university. A new city, new friends, new hangouts... It’s a truly life-changing experience! With so much to think about, one of the most important decisions you have to make is where you’re going to be calling your new ‘home’.
Studying is all about getting yourself in the right frame of mind for extended periods of concentration. Lots of different people do this in lots of different ways, and so there are no hard and. Lots of different people do this in lots of different ways, and so there are no hard and.
You will no doubt have been shouted at to keep your things – your room, your clothes, your dishes, your washing – clean and tidy your whole life. Right from the moment we are born, we have someone chasing round tidying up after us. First it’s our nappies and our puke. Then it’s our toys.
Living with people ain’t easy. That’s just a fact. You will remember how many arguments you’ve had with your siblings over the years. They’re your own flesh and blood, and yet there have been countless times when blood has nearly been spilt and flesh may have even been wounded over some of the finer details.
There are certain milestones in your life that pave the way to adulthood (and then right on through to the grave, but let’s not worry about those yet). Each one is surrounded by its own very unique significance. Puberty is a big one of course – though hopefully we should all be over that by now.
One of the most persistent questions I was asked by people that I knew whilst studying for my English with Creative Writing degree was this: ‘Oh, right – so what are you going to do with that then?’
Welcome to the real world, young people. No longer are we having everything paid for by our parents, no longer are we having our meals prepared, our washing done and our homes tidied for us. No longer are we in receipt of a regular stream of pocket money that will keep us ticking by.