Whether you’re moving away from home for the first time, have just finished college or are returning to education as a mature student, starting university can be a daunting experience. For me, overcoming my anxiety made the transition difficult to say the least. After trying to move away, I soon realised that moving back home and transferring to my local university would give me my best chance of succeeding. After enrolling on a new degree course I was back on track.
As I now complete my fourth year at university, I think it’s safe to say that the support available helped me make the most of every experience. I’m not ashamed to say that, without the range of support systems available at university, I might not have been able to achieve all I have today.
Whether you face homesickness, bereavement, academic challenges, disability needs or accommodation issues, the chances are that support...
Summer is well and truly upon us. For some of you, the preparation for moving into your new house for second or third year might be underway. For others, you might be looking at your bedrooms at home, wondering what’s going to make the cut and come with you to your halls of residence in September.
Either way, both privately rented accommodation and university halls are not exactly stylish. Yes, this can mean when you open your bedroom door, you will find a dull, empty room. It also means you have a blank canvas to make your own (well, you know, within the guidelines of the contract).
You might think decorating a bedroom on a student budget is impossible, but it’s not. Here are some tips, advice, and suggestions to help you make the most of your new space while saving as much money as possible.
1. Fairy lights
Fairy lights are your go-to. They’re homely, cosy, and great for evenings when you want to snuggle up and watch a movie. They’re also cheap...
In light of writing blog posts in random places recently, this is my first ever post written....on a plane! I am currently on the way back from Greece with my family (boooo). We've had an amazing time and I am definitely not ready to return to dreary England!
As promised, here is my post on what you should take to Uni. When I was packing I found that I was just shoving random bits in to bags instead of properly thinking about what I wanted to take. As a lover of lists, I desperately wanted a big list of everything I needed to take. So, hopefully this will help some of you out who were in the same position as I was.....
Bedroom- We were given a bin, a desk chair and a mattress
1. Duvet, duvet cover, sheets, mattress protector (take a few of each)
This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box, or DVD/VHS recorder. If you do any of the above without a valid licence, you risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. You will also still then have to buy a TV licence if you need one.
It might seem somewhat early to cast our minds ahead and think about the (hopefully!) glorious summer which awaits us, especially when assignments are due and upcoming exams occupy our thoughts. Last Easter was a blur of exam revision, countless essay plans and Lindt chocolate (Easter would not be the same without a Lindt bunny!) for me as I prepared for my then-upcoming A-level exams, which began even earlier than for most students because I had to sit my French oral exam at the end of April.
Although the pressure of being a university student is remarkably less than being a prospective student reaching the end of Year 13, coping with the last few weeks and months of the academic year at university is still stressful. OK, I might be slightly procrastinating by writing this post instead of writing another essay, but there is nothing wrong with stepping away from your books and revision notes to dive into a more pleasant subject – your plans for the summer...
Once you’ve replied to your offers the next step is getting ready to start your studies. One of the key things you’ll need to do if you’re moving away from home is sort your accommodation.
Living away from home with other students can be great experience and a way to make lifelong friends.
There are no hard and fast ways for getting the move right – but it can help to hear from students who have been through themselves. Here, third year student, Lisa, from the University of Gloucestershire shares her tips…
As you may already know, university is significantly different to sixth form or college, which also applies to term dates. Although the academic year is somewhat shorter – often beginning in late September/early October and ending in May/June – universities do not have a half-term holiday, an aspect of sixth form that I really missed when I first began my studies last year.
However, some universities, including my own, have ‘reading weeks’ which, in other words, are like a half-term break. Usually situated in the middle of a semester, reading weeks serve the purpose of enabling students to get a head start for the work and reading in the remaining weeks until the longer holidays (and exam period!) begin.
Given that the workload at university can feel so daunting at times, a reading week is often strongly appreciated because it allows you to breathe for a little while without worrying about time constraints as you might experience during the semester. I...
The end of another chapter is gradually coming to an end where everyone will soon be sitting exams, completing a final major project with the aim of leaving College or Sixth Form with grades that can get you into the university or apprenticeship of your choice!
So now it’s coming up to this time it’s important to remind yourself daily of what your main goal is, because otherwise I usually find myself getting distracted and demotivated which isn’t good especially with this being such an important time. Setting yourself goals and reminding yourself of these goals will push you to strive harder, revise longer and maybe make you read over that essay just one more time before the hand in day!
Setting yourself goals is also a great reminder that all this handful of emotions you are feeling now; stress, anxious, worried- will all be worth it in the end, for example when you finally find out you’ve achieved your AAB and get into Southampton University. You can look back and...
University interviews can be especially stressful, and even more so if you can’t find anything a little more specific for your subject choice. So, if you’re applying to Journalism courses, here are some useful tips!
Re-read Your Personal Statement
Make sure you re-read your personal statement on the way to the interview, that way if they ask you anything about what you’ve written, you’ll remember! Especially if you’ve written about books, blogs, or podcasts, you might remember them and give them a quick flick through or listen. Also, it might just be able to keep you that little more calm in the middle of the questions.
Brush Up On Your Journalism
It’s always good to know a little more about what you’re applying for, and when it comes to journalism, you might want to be aware of the current news (world news if it’s your interest) and have some journalists you look up to. Some journalists you might want...
As the demand for STEM subjects seemingly increases in our society, often students who are interested in pursuing a more artistic (and certainly less scientific!) route may feel neglected in terms of discovering what ‘arts’ degrees are like. One of these degrees is English Literature, which I am currently studying as a single-honours degree, although I will change to a joint-honours course with French (another ‘arts’ subject) from September. And what better way is there to discover what studying English is like than by hearing the thoughts of a current English student?
Be prepared for a lot of reading
Yes, it goes without saying that every degree requires a significant amount of reading – especially independent research which extends beyond what is covered in lectures and seminars – but English is definitely one of the most reading-heavy (if such a term exists!) subjects that you can study at university!