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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

University Life feat. Megan Biggin

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Ever had questions about university that you've always wanted to know but never got the chance to ask anyone? Well today is your lucky day because we have a university life interview with Megan.

Also make sure you read Megan's post 'Things I learnt at University' because it gives you great insight and it's a post written really well that I promise you'll enjoy reading!
If you have any more questions about University then feel free to contact Megan as I'm sure she'll be more than happy to help. I want to quickly thank Megan for being able to do this interview! Let's continue onto the interview...

1. Could you explain a little about yourself?
Hi! My name’s Megan, I’m a 21 year old blogger from the West Midlands.

2. What do you study at university and which university do you attend?
I’m currently in my third year of Graphic Design at Manchester Metropolitan.

3. When you first started university was it as you expected it would be like? Or was it completely different? Could you explain more about it please.
For me personally it wasn’t all the partying and drinking I expected it to be. I thought we’d be out every night but I actually ended up living in a pretty quiet flat and hardly went out at all. The tutors and studio sessions were also a lot more chilled out than I had imagined. Other bits were just as I imagined, the halls, lectures, etc.

4. The big question that everyone asks – Is University hard? Is it harder than college/A-levels/GCSE’s?
It is and it isn’t. First year was an absolute doddle. I still worked hard because I hated the idea of paying so much money and wasting it but I know a lot of people who just did nothing because it doesn’t count. You have to work harder with each year I find and you really get out of it what you put in.

5. How do you keep up with meeting the deadlines?
Starting work as soon as you get it and doing a little bit each day. I’ve never been able to leave it until the few days before because I can guarantee it won’t be my best work.

6. How organised are you? What helps you stay organised?
I write a lot of lists haha. I always keep a notebook or journal with me and I’m constantly writing down what I need to do. It feels great to finally tick something off!

7. Could you suggest some ways to keep up with the work?
Just don’t leave it all until the last minute. Do a little bit every day and you’ll be absolutely fine. Obviously a huge part of university is going out and socialising, you don’t have to sacrifice any of that but an hour or two of work a day won’t harm.

8. Some people have a misconception that university is all exams, so is it all exams? Is it coursework? Do subjects vary?
Every subject is going to be completely different. I’m a design course so I don’t have exams, it’s all coursework based. Others will have quite a few exams, some may only have 3 a year. It just depends on your course.

9. How can you survive university life? Do you have any tips? Or is it not that bad?
I think some people just aren’t made for university and that’s fine, it’s not for everyone. It does get hard at times, I’m a very family orientated person so being away from home at first was horrible. I’m not ashamed to admit I cried but the best thing to do is to just really throw yourself into it. It’s also really important to work out your budgeting if you know money is going to be a struggle.

10. How do you keep your life in balance? Blogging, your social life, family life and most importantly university life?
Honestly? I have no idea. I’ve had a job throughout uni that I worked on weekends and during holidays so I found that didn’t interfere massively. Blogging only began for me in September of 3rd year so for most of my time at university I’ve been able to focus solely on my studies. For me my course will always be my number one priority. I’ll take a few hours one day to take loads of photos for my blog and then write up the posts when I have some downtime in the evening but if I have too much work to do then the blog comes last.

11. What is the hardest part of studying at university?
It can be easy to get distracted by your flatmates, nights out, socials, societies, Netflix, etc. But I guess it’s the same as being at home. Like I said, you get out what you put in.


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12. What obstacles came in your way and how did you tackle them?
One of my worst things especially during first year was getting up in the morning and going to bed at a sensible time. After a few weeks of missing certain sessions I just realised I had to buck up my ideas so I did.

13. What was on the most challenging things you faced?
Probably personal problems. Boys, family things, fallings out. They’re more challenging because it almost felt like I had no one to talk to with my family and friends all over the country but you soon form some really strong friendships and I have amazing tutors who are incredibly supportive. I recently had a pretty bad month with the ending of my relationship and losing my nan but I had an incredible conversation with my tutor who made me feel so much better about everything.

14. When you set yourself targets, how do you achieve them? How much effort do you put in to achieving them?
When I set myself a target I always put 100% into achieving it. I had a tutor at college who’s motto was “get shit done” and that’s the attitude I’ve taken forward to university I’d say. Take advantage of the time you have and the time you have with your tutors.

15. How much time do you spend studying? And does it change every year?
During first year I spent a very limited amount of time studying in comparison to now. As it’s described as a full time course it’s expected you treat it as such even on your days off but it’s really down to you. I know I work better later at night and in the evenings so that’s when I work whereas others prefer to get it done in the day and have their evenings free. Some people work from the minute they get up until they go to bed but for me downtime is incredibly important and helps refresh the mind.

16. How are all the years different to one another? And do you learn more things about yourself?
In terms of structure every year for me has been fairly similar. We get multiple projects, one big project at the end of the year and some form of essay and journal to complete. It’s just the years get more intense and the workload increases as the years go on. I’ve definitely learnt a lot about myself. At the risk of sounding cliché I really think university is a time to find yourself and grow into your own.

17. Has your university life changed you as a person? If so, how?
I used to be incredibly shy when I was younger, working in a bar definitely drew me out of my shell and made me more confident but university built even more on that. I’m far more confident and outgoing than I used to be and I’m not afraid to speak my mind as much. You meet so many different people from all walks of life as well that I really think university helps you grow as a person and gain valuable life experience.

18. What advice would you give to potential students wanting to go to university?
Definitely do your research. Not just into the course itself but also the city, the area, what there is to do, what clubs there are and the student union. All these things are important because at the end of the day it may be the best course in the country but you’ve got to be happy where you are as well. Also really think about doing a course you’re passionate about. You’re doing it for at least 3 years after all.

19. Would you like to add anything else?
Just that although university is an incredible experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world, it’s not necessarily for everyone. Never feel pressured into going to uni or doing a course you’re not sure about just because your school or parents want you to. Do what makes you happy!

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A huge thanks to Megan once again and I wish her all the best for the future! If this interview was helpful then make sure you show Megan your support. All of Megan's links are as follows-

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That's it for today beauts!
Until next time, take care and keep smiling <3!

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12 comments

  1. This is such a helpful post! I'm 20 years old and haven't gone to uni yet. I actually graduated high school at 19 (as many people do where I live). I know I want to go to uni but I have no idea what I want to study, and I'd like to make the right choice and not rush into things just because society tells me to. There are so many things to take into consideration that it can get a little overwhelming but reading posts like these is always calming and reassuring!

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    1. I love your comment Saara and couldn't agree more. The society we live in seems to push ideas and concepts down our throats but we need to ensure that we know right from wrong. I totally agree with your comment! xx

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  2. I loved reading your answers, uni can be difficult but it is definitely one of the best experiences!! Thanks for sharing:)

    Check out my blog if you want: www.theglamandglitter.com

    Tamara xxx

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    1. I think Megan done a great job at answering the questions! Thank you for your lovely comment xx

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  3. I loved reading this interview! Definitely found few answers to my questions and best of luck to Megan! :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Leta! I'm super glad you found this interview helpful. xx

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  4. Ohh that bookcase is like an OCD's dream isn't it? Really interesting interview with Megan, it reminds me of my University days! They disappear so quickly!

    Musings & More

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Megan's décor is super beautiful. I hope your university experience was unforgettable Emily. xx

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  5. I am starting university in September so this was a really interesting read - I am not too scared about being away from home as I've already done a gap year but I'm nervous about exams and frankly about connecting to other because university isn't only about the course and the people you're surrounded with make such a huge difference. :) xx

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    1. I totally agree with your comment Mira! It's important to enjoy every single moment of the different experiences life has to offer. xx

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  6. Great post... You're so pretty <3
    https://outfitsandmakeupblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/layering-tips-for-fall-autumn-lookbook/

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