Saturday, 26 October 2019

Advice you NEED before starting university.

Advice you NEED before starting university.
Photograph taken in the Murray Library at the University of Sunderland.
In this post, I decided to share some advice that you NEED to know before starting university. I wish I had gotten this advice before starting university.


Start with an open mind. Just because you read a bad review about your university online, keep your mind open because it may not be like that. Experience it for yourself and don't trust what others may say online. Not everyone will have a "perfect" experience at university so always experience the situation for yourself before making up your mind about it. Your experience may be way different so be positive and open-minded. 


Don't worry about not perfectly balancing your commitments as soon as you start university. Trust me, it may take some failed attempts but, in the end, you will find the correct balance between your social life, education, and personal life. 


As you start going through your university journey- start treating your education as a 9 to 5 job! Your main priority should be your education. There's a lot of financial advice/support and study support you can get from the university. Don't be afraid to ask.


If you have a setback, then get back up! Don’t let it discourage you. At the end of the day that setback will improve you and only make you stronger. 


Make yourself a goal(s)! Make small goals from trying your hardest to grabbing every opportunity and even passing each year. 


Apply for every opportunity that comes your way. If you see a volunteering opportunity which interests you, then go for it! If you see a vacancy which grabs your attention, then go for it! If you want to do something, then don't be afraid. Grab every opportunity you can! Don't just stick to your studies. Trust me, it will make your university a great experience and you'll meet a lot of new people. Also, every opportunity may not be as you expected, but don't worry, that's what university is all about. 


See what programmes etc. you may be able to get by being a student at the university. 
I know that Microsoft Office for Student is free to download to your laptop/computer if you're a student at the University of Sunderland. All you need is your student email address and then follow the instructions on the screen. 
So, check what programmes you may be able to download or get for free. Does your university give out a free Microsoft Office for Student?

What advice would you give to students who are about to start university?

Thanks for reading!
Until next time, take care, and keep smiling.
Ramshaa Rose

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