When I joined uni I had no idea what to expect. You imagine, drinking, laughter, huge variety and expectations in general that can or cannot be lived up to. I moved to Central London, and when I say Central, I mean Central and that in itself is a huge change for a simple town folk like myself.
Halls of Residence / Accommodation
I live in halls of residence, I have my own bedroom, and shower-room/ensuite. I had to have my own bathroom even if it cost more, I was not sharing a bathroom on any accord, a beauty blogger can only understand ha! I live with five other people and we share a kitchen. Living in halls has been an experience itself, theres been the odd dispute, people in and out and kitchen inspections failed but all in all it could be a lot worse. I don’t like mess so find that quite difficult to handle, everyone has their own ways of living and I have my own too. Its a learning curve in that sense as Ive learnt how clean I actually like to live, which I never felt I had that when I lived with my parents. Halls is noisy too, especially in freshers I hated it, I never slept well, I heard every door, everyone in the courtyard behind my room outside. It was hell for me and what I’ll mention soon is that I didn’t settle well at first. However, it is now quite homely, I’ve got used to the bed despite it being small, and things are now my own. I am glad to be leaving it soon though, theres no way you could live here for years ha!
Lets face it, University is very alcohol influenced and is part of the lifestyle. I thought before uni I was quite fun and went out a lot and enjoyed drinking, however, Freshers week combined with homesickness equaled a bit of a breakdown in terms of coping with living in halls. I tried my best but I was just so afraid of the city at that point and I hadn’t come to terms with everything. However, I don’t feel like I missed out in some sense. When I did go out, I had fun, and don’t feel like I wont ever get the opportunity to do nights out again. Drinking isn’t the be all and end all. Its not to say I don’t drink, I drink a fair amount, and if anyone knows me, I can down a pint of strongbow (classy girl I know) quicker than you count, and will always rely on a glass of wine to get through a long week but I want to reassure anyone who is worried about that side of it all. People aren’t going to hate you for it, eventually people give up trying to get you out if you don’t want to and you’re accepted for your choices. It seems scary at first but rest assured, if you’re not up for a week of drinking during Freshers, it wont affect the rest of your year.
Studying at University is what I thrive on. As much as its all very daunting, its a lot of scary big books you never knew existed, a lot of powerpoint slides and essays that are crazy long with references that make you brain fried; personally I enjoy it. I love academia, and even though my essays and work haven’t reached the targets Id like, I keep trying. It has been hard not getting where I want to be, I don’t want a first, it would be amazing but I know its unobtainable for me, but trying to up what I currently am standing on is hard. My exams will be very very hard for me as I need to revise like crazy to up it as an overall average. One book that has helped me loads is ‘The Study Skills Book’ it has loads and loads of chapters on how to cope at university, how to take notes, how to organise, how to cope with exams, everything you could possibly need to survive university and I wish I had got it sooner! Once I’ve got into Exam Season which is only a month away now I will be doing some tips and help pointers nearer the time! The only thing I worry about is time management but since all my friends and family will be working during the day, if I go home to see them I wont be distracted during the day so its all good there.
Being in London is great, theres always something to do or somewhere nice to go. I love where I live in Islington as I have the access of a town with shops, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets but I also have access to quiet parts then access straight to the City. I can walk to The Gherkin and I see the Shard from my road. Its all quite fancy. I really enjoy where I am and think even if I didn’t live in London I’d still want to visit this part. I have also joined the gym at a reasonable rate which is great to do as it gives you motivation, something to do when bored and keeps you healthier than just constant student diet.
Other than that, Uni has been an experience. I’ve met lots of new people and have a comfortable group of friends, I’ve met some bloggers and got some events in the running too which is exciting. London is great, homesickness sucks when you’re in a big city to begin with though and that was the hardest part but I had some great people back home who got me through it.
Any questions or anything let me know if you’re able to tackle university this year, and the next instalment will be exam season!