Freshers is behind you. Now what? Don’t worry. We’ve got you! Here are our top tips on how to survive university.
1. Stay Active, Boost Your Brainpower
Keep moving to combat study fatigue. Exercise is a powerful tool. Use it to increase your overall well-being, boost your brainpower and reduce your stress levels. Find time in your busy schedule to stretch your mind and your muscles!
2. Focus on the Future
Setting yourself clear goals is a great way of overcoming that feeling of the unknown. Rather than focus on the long-term future (that can be overwhelming), try to concentrate on the current semester. Ask yourself, what do I want to achieve, what’s realistic? Use these to motivate you every day.
3. Prep Your Meals
Take-away every day seems tempting but it’ll quickly eat into your student loan. Try to pre-plan your meals each week instead. A vegetable stir fry is going to be far cheaper and better for your health. Say no to the post pizza slump and stay energized!
4. Build Your Network
Stepping out of your comfort zone may seem daunting but it’s crucial you get out there. Engage with lecturers. Ask questions. Be curious. Get involved in seminars. Try and connect with other students, join societies and use WhatsApp groups to stay in touch. Now is the best time build your network!
5. Explore Career Opportunities
It’s never too early to think about your future career. Ask lecturers about what sorts of jobs your degree may open up to you. Then hit Linkedin and start messaging experts in your field to ask them for advice. Head to a career fair and research internship opportunities! Doing this now rather than later can give you an amazing head start!
6. Embrace Failure
This may seem like counterproductive advice. You want to succeed. Believe it or not, failure is a big key to that! Every time you receive feedback from your lecturers, take it as a positive rather than a negative. Mistakes are there to help you grow. Learn from them and keep striving for your goals!
Remember that your health and well-being should always be your main priorities. If you’re struggling please reach out to friends, family, or your student union. You’re not alone on your journey. There are people out there who understand what you’re going through.
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Article written by Rose Marie Drabble