Being a student is tough on the ol’ bank account at the best of times. A student loan looks pretty in your account for far longer than it should and trust me its actually more scary seeing it all in there when its all about to go on your accommodation. However, there is plenty of way to budget as a student. Infact its the best part of being a student. Uni Days and NUS offer plenty of discounts throughout the year at tons of retailers from Amazon, Topshop and food chains such as Pizza Express, Yo Sushi and more with up to 25% off at some restaurants, WINNER! You can also save on the boring items like food at Co-Op as NUS members get 10% off on your shop too, its no Tesco but every little helps still. For books ABE is my saviour, if you prefer to own the books or your library is a little lacklustre at exam season then Abe Books offers tons of second hand or even longer books that are perfectly good to use for exams at a 10th of the original price. I bought a couple of books for 90p last year. Just check these are the correct year for your references. Always keep a check of your budget and pre-drink to save even more!
When I joined university I was so over whelmed and didn’t really know what I was doing. I didn’t drink as much as everyone else and that is quite daunting when everyone drinks so much and you feel like you’re not the student you thought after all. However, drinking is not the be all and end all. Theres always societies to join to be who you are whether that’s a academic, sporty or even religious student. You can be exactly who you want to be because its not like school anymore, people don’t care what you’re doing, its every man for themselves and thats a good thing. Be yourself in whatever you do, how you study, where you spend your money and how you dress. Take the attitude you’re not there to please anyone and you want to make the most of your university opportunities and it will be much more easier and your confidence will shine.
The academic side of university, yes remember the part you joined for, is tough. And it only gets tougher, I’ve had a bit of a reality shock with the work load in second year however my hours are a lot less so really its balanced out. The work load is different from A-Levels or college but its manageable. University is actually really quite straightforward especially if you’re stuck. You’re paying £9000 a year to be there, if you’re stuck go to the lecturer and say what you’re stuck on. More often or not they’d rather sit and explain it as then they know they’ve helped you grasp the subject. Obviously some are better than others but my teachers always have my best interests at heart and want me to progress as much as possible. Believe you can succeed and find the solution to any problem, there is no fault in not being the one student with a first to every essay, you’re not there to compete but prove your knowledge to achieve what you can do. Believe you’ve got it in you and you will get exactly what you want out of university.
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