There are so many advice posts and how-to posts about starting University, heck my own blog is full of them! But today I wanted to share with you 12 things nobody tells you about starting University or College, that I wish I knew for my very first semester!
1. You might not make friends and that’s okay.
Everyone tells you about how amazing the people you meet during this time of your life are and how you’ll be friends forever but while that’s true for some, it’s not true for everyone. Genuinely, it’s okay if you’re only kinda-friends with that one person you kinda-sorta-know through a friend of a friend as long as you have other friends to rely on.
2. Failing a class is no biggie.
Okay, so it’s a little biggie but it’s not the end of the world. Failing a class won’t result in you being kicked out of school or your course. You’ll simply have to retake the class when it’s offered next (and pray it doesn’t mess anything up in regards to prerequisites for other classes you want to take)
3. You’ll probably have second doubts whether your course or major is really what you want to do with the rest of your life.
It happens to all of us. Normally it occurs in that period of the semester when you’re living in the library and drowning in work and you realise that what you’re currently working on is nothing like what you want to do for a career. You’ll be okay if you talk it out, think it over and assess what you really want out of your degree.
4. Nobody cares about what you wear.
If you’re ever doubting about wearing sweat pants or the shirt you wore yesterday, just go for it. We’re all broke uni students, we’ve all worn questionable second-day shirts at one point or another and when exams near, you’ll probably see people in the library wearing their pajamas. There’s no judgment. On the flip side, if you wanna dress up or wear heels, own it. You’ll have everyone wishing they had the motivation to look that put together for school!
5. Attendance is the easiest way to get a good grade.
This is a proven fact. Going to class is literally the easiest way to learn information without much effort. Plus, you pay for it, so why wouldn’t you take advantage of going to classes?
6. Your lecturers/professors/tutors/etc are actually awesome and super helpful.
It may seem intimidating and daunting at first to contribute in class or get to know your teachers but if you ever need help, they’ll always do their best to help. Plus, they’re perfect references for internships and future jobs!
7. Search your library for your textbooks to save money.
This is the most underrated money-saving textbook tip out there. Your school library always has copies of the textbooks available, get in early and you’ll be able to hire it out for the semester and save yourself some serious cash!
8. We’ve all struggled with deadlines.
Here’s the thing about University/College, you don’t ever really learn to deal with the copious amount of work you have due at once, you just learn to get better at managing your time. Some of us are also just better at hiding the fact it’s three days until that 1000 word essay is due and we’ve written 30 words. Don’t stress, you’ll get it done.
9. Everyone hates group work.
The good thing, I’ve found, is that majority of group work is at the beginning of your degree. The worst thing is, it never gets easier or more fun. Chip in, do your bit and don’t be afraid to complain if someone isn’t doing their fair share of the work.
10. You’ll probably have a moment of stress induced panic where you feel completely overwhelmed, over worked and ready to give it all up because what can be worst than 4 essays, a quiz and 3 final exams in the one week?
You’ll be okay. You’ll get your work done (and probably consume your weight in caffeine and chocolate) and it’ll probably happen again next semester. Don’t worry, we’ve all been through it.
11. Nobody cares about how you write your notes or what kind of computer you have. In fact, nobody really cares about anything.
Firstly, we’re all in the same boat, you’ve gotta do what works best for you. Secondly, this isn’t high-school and people no longer have the time or patience for things that don’t impact on their own lives.
12. Nobody has it all together.
None of us really know what we’re doing or have every single aspect of our life together, unlike our social media would have you believe. Don’t take it personally if you feel like you’re the only one struggling because bets are, you’re not the only one. If you’re really struggling though, talk to a professional. University is hard but you don’t have to go through it alone!
There you go, 12 things about University I wish I knew before my very first semester! What’s something you wish you knew before starting University or College? Let me know in the comments below!