Wednesday, 30 March 2016

10 THINGS I'VE LEARNT WHILST AT UNI


So I took this photo at the start of August last year whilst sat on the Millenium Bridge watching the sunset. If you haven't already gathered it's on the Quayside in Newcastle, a place I study at and was actually born in - I absolutely love it! I feel so at home when I'm in this city as the majority of my family only live round the corner. It's also home to some of the best nights out in the country and I challenge anyone who thinks otherwise. So, at the point of taking this photo, I was well into enjoying my summer after finishing second year and I wasn't really thinking too much into my final year... Now I'm writing this post, I currently have just over a month left of uni, graduation in July and then that's it, finito forever.


So in light of this, I thought I'd whip up 10 things that I think I've learnt whilst studying and living up here. There's definitely a lot I could write about as its been three solid years, but I've whittled it down to a shorter blog post instead. Some of these you may be surprised at, others, students would probably agree with. However, I'm not going to hold back with this list, so here goes...

  1.  It's a rip off - okay, so it can't just be me who thinks that the monstrosity of £9000 a year we all have to pay is slightly frickin' steep?! And what in gods name does it go towards that benefits us - nowt basically. Fair enough, upgrading various university facilities is beneficial - fancy new buildings and sports facilities etc... but we practically get nothing for ourselves. We have to supply materials that are required for our course, pay for our own printing once our credits are used up and also fork out a few (unnecessary) hundred quid in first year for a set of books that are used once in your life - which you'll also never manage to get rid of cause no one wants them. Well that's what I gather anyway.. I never bought into any of that in first year and I'm still getting them grades - sassy.
  2. Don't blow your loan (well at least try!) - Blowing it is fun, don't get me wrong I've been there many a time, but from experience it really isn't the smartest thing to do. I decided to fork out £300 on a handbag in first year. Then I got the matching £120 purse for it too, OOOOOPS. I was way too excited at the prospect of 'free money', but I couldn't stand being skint for the rest of the semester. I did manage to redeem myself last year as I managed to put £800 of my loan aside for when I travelled across Thailand - winner.
  3. Estate agents are evil - Anyone who's a student has probably experienced a tricky letting agents and been unlucky in this field. Let's start with the shitty fee's before moving in, come on they obviously know we're not made of money. So, be wise when picking out your new humble abode, of course its all very exciting but you could find yourself without your deposit at the end of your tenancy. I speak of course from experience - in second year we found ourselves without the majority of our deposits as they were taken for shitty 'cleaning' purposes (a.k.a no reason).
  4. It's perfectly okay to nap - Self explanatory but its acceptable at any time of day.
  5. The library is your second home - Late nights in the library aren't actually all that bad (I'm legit writing this post in the library at 7.35am after a 10 hour session). It's a lot quieter to go in the evening than in the day - I find its always busy af. I tend to get quite a lot of work done at night if I just get my head down, plus its better if you get a few of you involved. The day after is definitely a complete write off but that's well deserved in my opinion (again, see number 4). 
  6. Attendance is a myth - yeah I said it. I'll be the first to admit my attendance isn't great - but on a serious note, nothing has ever come of it. I'm probably one of the thousands at uni who despise the thought of leaving their beads early in a morning for a lecture. But seriously, who in their right mind would allow 9ams? AND on a Monday?! We aren't built to live a lively student lifestyle whilst keeping up with those kind of commitments. Bed > Uni.
  7. Your things will inevitably go missing - Everything I purchased back in first year from that well known Swedish superstore is probably in about 4 different flats right now. They either break or get nicked, there's just no way around it. Particularly cutlery - at the end of each year there seem's to be a serious shortage so don't expect to see your fav fork ever again. This goes for food too - milk thieves.
  8. There will ALWAYS be somewhere to drink and someone to drink with - that's the best thing about it. As uni is so frickin' huge you're never short of finding someone to have a few with. And in cities like Newcastle there's often somewhere to go every single night of the week so your never stuck on places to go out too. Plus when the sun finally appears the whole of Newcastle tends to turn into a drunk playground - so daytime drinking is fully acceptable (/mandatory).
  9. I still have no idea what I want to do with my life - And that's probably what everyone else is thinking too. Before uni I thought I'd arrive here and finally be able to pin-point exactly what career path I'd ideally want to go down - but three years in and I'm still as clueless. YAY. 
  10. It's the best decision I've ever made - the whole 'university experience' or whatever you want to call it is definitely a bit of a whirlwind. Starting with the people you meet, there's never a dull day when meeting people and making friends at uni - you're essentially all a bunch of kids let loose in a city trying to blag your way through a degree. Although, I've actually learnt a great deal in regards to becoming an ACTUAL adult. Getting thrown straight into the deep end by firstly living on your own definitely taught me a great deal. Of course I'm referring to bills, rent, budgets, food shopping etc.. Not the shit you learn in lectures, but that can be useful too.. sometimes.
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  1. Love this! Number 6 especially made me laugh! My attendance is like 10% for all my classes because bed, Netflix, eating, shopping, pub are all > uni 😂

    Jess 😘

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    1. Aw thank you - We're definitely all in the same boat! I've managed to get through three years with exactly the same attitude haha :) xx

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  2. Ah all of these are so true! x

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  3. Such a good post! I totally agree with you in every single point! And yes, library is my second home. Xx

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  4. This is such a great post, look like u wrote it on my life Haha. I love where u said still have no idea what to do with life :) i am in the same boat, student problems :) x
    www.ambiinwonderland.com

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    1. Glad you can relate! I'm graduating soon and have no idea what I'll be doing in the next year! xx

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  5. Love this post! I'm just coming to the end of my second year and can relate to so many of these. Dodgy landlords and estate agents are the absolute worst part of uni though for me

    Emily x | emilyclairewrites.com

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    1. Thanks hun, I agree with you there completely! Make sure you work hard in third year ;) I've worked my ass off this year and my results are definitely showing! xx

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