Going off to university can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re moving away from home for the first time. But, university is meant to be some of the best years of your life, so it’s worth making the most of it while you can, because once it’s over, you’ll have to step into the real world. To get you prepared for one of the best experiences of your life, here are 11 things you need to know before starting university.
You’re going to be busy
It’s easy for your days to be filled up, what with going to classes, studying, spending time with friends, going out, joining societies…there’s a lot to do and you’ll no doubt end up craving for some free time, but it’s all good fun.
You’re going to meet a lot of people
University is one of the best places to make friends for life. You’ll meet lots of great people, especially if you choose to live in student halls, where there can be hundreds of fellow students.
There are plenty of others who feel just like you
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or you’re just missing home, remember that lots of others feel the same way. You’re not alone.
It’s a good idea to get involved
There’s a lot going on at university outside of your degree course. Join some clubs or start a sport you’ve never played before. You might find yourself a great new hobby and you’ll get to make friends along the way.
Friends aren’t forever
Many people make friends for life at university, but this isn’t always the case. After university, many people go off and do different things and you probably won’t see your university friends as often as you’d like.
The teaching is a lot different
While there are still some smaller classes, such as seminars and tutorials, lectures can be given to hundreds of students at a time, which can seem daunting at first.
You’ll probably run out of money at some point
University doesn’t come cheap and many students do have money problems along the way. Unless you’re rich, of course, you’ll need to plan ahead and see how much money you can afford to spend.
Your degree doesn’t matter that much later in life
Just because you’re studying Shakespearean plays, doesn’t mean you’re going to have to spend your whole life doing that. Loads of graduates end up by choice in jobs that have nothing to do with their degree. Just because you do your degree in one subject, doesn’t mean you’re then tied to that subject for life.
It’s best to get some work experience
Even though it can be hard to find time to work while at university, it’s definitely worth at least getting some work experience. Even if you just work during the summer vacation, it’s still experience. Graduates who have some work experience stand a better chance of gaining employment than those that don’t have any experience.
You shouldn’t quit
No matter how hard it gets, the best solution is to always stick at it. Even if you’re homesick or you’ve just had enough, university is a character building experience that can prepare you for the rest of your life and if you have the opportunity to go to university, you’d be a fool to call it quits.
Making mistakes is OK
There’s so much more to university than just studying and writing essays. University is a major stepping stone in life and can set you up for the rest of your life. Making mistakes, no matter how big or small, along the way is perfectly OK. After all, mistakes are there to learn from.