So it is finally September, which means some of you are going to be making one of the biggest leaps in your life, and start University. I graduated this year with a 1st class BA Hons in Marketing with Advertising, so I know how you are all feeling now; a mixture of excitement and nervousness about how it is all going to go. So I have decided to try and do a weekly feature about how to survive university, and give you some useful tips that helped me obtain my first class degree.
So the first thing I would suggest it get all of your stationary organised early, I’m not sure if it is just me but I find great joy in getting myself a new notebook, post it notes, pens, and all the rest of it sorted as early as I possible can. Also, I know that students are notoriously meant to have no money, but do try and get a notebook you will be proud of, something that gives you inspiration to use, because you’ll find yourself wanting to use it and make as many notes as possible, and the secret is – the more notes you have, the more you’ll understand your module! It’s as easy as that.
Your first week of starting University will probably be pretty lame, I know for me it was a big introduction about what the degree will be about, the programme structure & enrolment. I always remember complaining about going to the lessons at the beginning as they just seemed pointless, getting a guide and sitting in a room for an hour learning about what will be covered in my module. It wasn’t until my second year I realised this is the holy grail of University. Everything you need to know about assignments, writing style and marking schemes are given to you at the beginning! You can quite literally get a head start on all of your assignments, preparation at University is key to getting a good grade, they do not just happen, as the old saying goes “if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail” Take your module guide, and spend an hour or so highlighting all the key points you need to know, and make a note of when your assignments are due in so you know when to schedule them in.
The only other thing I would recommend is to enjoy yourself! This is going to be one of the biggest learning experiences of your lives, so throw your all into it, especially with the current tuition fees you do not want to waste your time. I can safely say I have made friends for life at University, and even though it was fuelled by tear filled and stressful nights, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
So good luck to you all!