How to survive university

I thought for my first post of the new year I would look at how to survive university. Students all around the country are currently looking at what university they should go to and sending in their applications. So let’s give them a heads up! 

 Make friends.

Everyone makes friends so easily at uni, its the atmosphere. However if you sit in your room, not talking to any one and counting down the days you can go back to family or your other half, your unlikley to do very well. Your friends will help you out when your stressed with work, need advice and take you out when you want to be boring.

Be organized.

The worst thing would be if you realized you 5,000 word essay was due in tomorrow, or worse last week. Keep a diary, where you have written all you deadlines, presentations, and exams. I missed one of mine in the first year due to remembering it wrong.

 Go out. 

I am not a huge night clubber, I would prefer to have good night in with a bottle of vodka and a group of friends. I think in the first year you need to go on nights out, because half of my memories are from funny things that happen on nights out.

 Learn how to reference. 

One of the things that I think EVERY student needs to learn as soon as possible, is how to reference. In my house I am the Queen of referencing and my housemates are always asking me advice. However when I was in my first year, I failed loads of my assignments because I didnt reference properly. Does your university do Harvard Referencing?

Don’t forget the people at home.

For me this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, your friends from school, college or wherever should stay your friends when your at university and unfortunately it is far too easy to leave them behind.

 Don’t Stress. 

As long as your putting effort into your course work, making friends and having fun then you are doing uni right. Don’t worry too much about how high your grades are, in your first year it really doesn’t matter.

Lauren. x

What to do this summer

So I am sure you are all bored to death of hearing about Cosmopolitan, so here I am finally with something else to talk about! Summer TIME!!!

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On Holiday with my friends

How to make the most of the summer!

As you get into university there are only a few more long summer time holidays, unless you become a teacher, so you want to make these moments count. I thought I would give you some great ways to truely make these summers count!

  1. Frankie says relax!

After the stress of a million assignments, talk of dissertations, and everything else that comes along with university life. The sumer is a much needed time to just take a break, it’s the first thing I do in the summer!

  1. Catch up.

What happened to all those friends you had at college that went of to universities around the country? And the family members you haven’t seen in months? Well the summer is the best time to get everyone together and remember the good ol’ days. As well as making new memories.  I am sure you have seen them since you have been at uni but probably not all together for a long time.

  1. Volunteer

Ok, I sound like a mega geek but using your summer holiday to volunteer or get a short internship in your chosen field can not only help your uni work, but might help you realize your hate the job you thought you would love! Best to find out now.

  1. Go away!

If you haven’t blown all of your student finance, or you got a bit of money for your work in the summer why not go away with a group of your friends. Weather it’s a festival or a trip abroad, it will be a great time to let you hair down and have fun with your mates.

  1. Do what you want!

The best bit about the summer is that without any university work you wont have to feel guilty for not doing any of it. So if you want to go away on holiday or stay up til 4 in the morning playing on FIFA every night. Just do whatever the hell you want. After all don’t forget you don’t have many of these super long holidays left.

I hope you have a great holiday.

Summer time Uni Confessions:

-I am hoping to go to a festival in spain this summer!

-My summers are normally pretty boring- Not this year.

-Fingers crossed the good weather keeps going.

-I have 2 jobs this summer- Ekk, mega busy.

Youtube: Introduction Tag

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So if you have been following me for a while you will know that I have mentioned starting a youtube channel for a while. Well last week I finally created it.

I have started off with an Introduction tag, as a way to get to know me. You will also get to see what I look like! I am still finding it slightly strange but I will try and upload some more videos and get used to posting videos for you all to see.

Anyway here is the video I hope you enjoy it!

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A new home: before you start!

Your home!Last week, while I was sitting in my journalism seminar when I looked at my phone to see the time. I saw the best thing a blogger can see; a message from a reader. Jenny said that she wanted some information about getting a house. So here it is.

Before I begin I want to say one thing! Don’t worry about look for a house yet!

A new home: Before you start!

I know this seems like a weird thing to say but there are a number of things you need to think of before you start doing anything about getting a house.

  1. friends, flatmates, who?

The first thing you need to do is start thinking about who you want to live with. I think the majority of people end up living with at least one person they lived with in their first year. However if you have friends from your course or a society that you get on with then they might be a great person to live with.

  1. Habits.

One of the biggest things you need to think about is if you are going to manage to live with these people. If your OCD and your friend is a mucky pup then maybe living together won’t be a great idea. Not only do you need to think about your cleanliness habits but also general living habits.  Although everyone in their first year is mad keen on going out, what are you naturally like? Will you want to go out every night or would you be concentrating on course work.

I am not saying Party animals need to live together and book worms live together, but you don’t want to be the only one not going out.

  1. Couples

Although I am living in a house as a couple, this is one thing I would discourage. I know, do as I say, not as I do, but this is my experience. University has an amazing way of making all relationship feel so much more special and grown up, wether it is friendships or boyfriend/Girlfriend relationship. This can mean that relationship are too hot and heavy to actually last a long time.

I have heard so many stories of couples deciding to live together and then breaking up in the summer. This is an awkward situation of two people who really don’t want to be together having to live together.

As well as saying that, I would also say that living with a couple can be really hard as well. Just as I said before, what if they breakup? you are likely to be stuck in the middle. Not only this but couples naturally support each other this can also mean that they side with each other in arguments.

  1. How many rooms?

It is obvious that you will need as many rooms as people. If you are a couple, you will still have to get a room each, that will be one of the rules set in place by the landlord.

One of the big things is that the more bedrooms you want to more messed up your house would be. Four bedrooms seems to be the most common number of rooms for a student house however even with four bedrooms you can end up with one room downstairs.

Anything more than four rooms can mean you don’t have a proper living room area.

  1. living alone!

You don’t have to be a loner to want to live on your own, in fact some of the bubbliest people live in an apartment. It can be a great way to live on your own and spend time at your friends houses.

They tend to include a double bed, a kitchen area, an ensuit, a sofa, desk and sometimes a large TV. In my local area there are ‘Code’ Buildings that are specifically designed for this purpose, they also have communal living rooms. They are around £100 for a room there.

I hope that this has helped you out.

At the beginning I said don’t look yet, the reason for this that you have only really known your friends for a short amount of time. This whirlwind friendship can make you seem like the best of friends however once you have stepped away you may decide that you don’t get on so well.

Houses are often not even put on the market until after Christmas anyway, so Don’t panic!

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Homesick help!

Today is Football day in my house, that means 3 football games, 1 match of the day and games of PES and Fifa! So with that having been announced I decided that I would sort out my room and get blogging.

The other day I talked about the classic symptoms that you have become a student. One of those things was that I said was about feeling home sick. I wanted to go back and talk about this a little more. Over the last week I have felt really home sick so I understand what it feels like. I have also seen my elder step sister going through it.

I hope you don’t mind that this is another list of tips. I will do some proper posts soon.

A picture paints a thousand words

I know when you move away from home it can sometimes feel like you are leaving an old life behind and starting again. However that isn’t true, you a moving onto a new stage of life not a new life.

Keep memories of your friends and family around your room. Pictures are an obvious thing to put up, but letter from a friend or a trinket from the family holiday may also be great. Plus your childhood toy, if teddy got you this far you don’t have to ditch him now.

Go back 

One of the main stresses that causes Home sickness is the worry of not having a place to go back to. So if you are feeling a little worried or homesick then think about going back. I am not saying you should unpack and hop straight back into the car with your parents.

You need to give your new home and possible friends a chance. Your life at university is a new experience and you will never find it the best experience if you don’t get in there.

Keep it the same

This tip is more aimed towards parents and siblings left behind. Although it is really tempting to see the large room becoming empty when your sister goes to uni as a great new room for you to move into. However this can make their university life even harder.

As I said before, homesicknes is mainly caused by the worry of having nowhere to retuern home to. So if you return home to the little box room after been kicked out of your room this makes the move even harder on you.

Get out there

When your feeling homesick it sometimes feels like the only thing to do is to lock yourself in your room and feel upset. However if you get out of your room, go on a night out or just round to a friends house, it takes your mind off your family back at home and gets you thinking about whats going on now.

Phone home 

Believe it or not phoning home actually wont make you miss home more. Checking in every now and then to make sure your mum’s ok, Your brothers test went well and the dog is been walked is perfectly fine. If you are living far away from home and can’t easily get back then think about downloading Skype on your laptop and home computer. If you have a fairly modern computer then you should be able to see and talk to your parents making everything seem better.

Stick at it. 

On the first night at university it is easy to think that you have made a huge mistake. Don’t run away just yet though,  give it a few days to get used to your new life and make friends. Once you have gone home you are likely to feel better.

see the Pro’s 

If you are feeling especially homesick and feel it is actually getting in the way of your life then all universities, within the Uk at least, have a welfare section who can help you deal with home sickness including getting you to see a Councilor for free (you won’t get that out of uni!)

This post was written with some of my friends and families experience in mind as well as my own. I know of people who have dropped out of uni or moved uni’s because of feeling so homesick.

I hope this helped. 

5 things to not forget for uni!

My Freshers bedroom

I promise you that I am not only writing this so I stop cleaning up for a while. I thought I would write a post about the things that are easily to forget when moving into Uni halls.

I had thought of loads of the stuff that I wanted or needed to take with me last year. However on my moving day I forgot some of them. Some of the things are also stuff I had never thought of.

Clothes hangers
In my halls I didn’t have any cupboards so I had to hang all of my clothes up. However even though I had a million clothes hangers at home I left them all at home leaving me to buy more at uni. It’s more expensive and such a waste of money.

Toilet paper
When you move into your halls you will probably need to go to the toilet. Especially if you have traveled a long way. If you bring it with you then you don’t have to rush straight to the shops.

Baskets
As I said before we didn’t have any draws at my University however we did have shelving type storage. Instead of just letting it become a mess I found that baskets allowed me to organize my clothes into sections without them getting all mixed up.

Food
This is actually one that I think you shouldn’t bring with you. The space in your car is precious, you want to fit as much as possible. So don’t waste it on things you can get when your there. I found it was much easier to get unpacked and then go shopping. It meant that I knew the nearest supermarket. I could think about what I wanted, and pick up any stuff you forgot!

Fancy Dress
During freshers week and the following few weeks there will be a number of fancy dress events. I remember almost every night of freshers week I was in Fancy Dress. I took my school tie but didn’t take a white shirt. I ended up spending money throughout the week getting more stuff. So bring as much fancy dress as you can think of!

Hope you enjoy Freshers!

Lauren X

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Give me the money: Ebay

I know I have been really bad recently but I have had a lot going on. So today I have decided to start a new blogging series, as you may guess from the picture above it is called give me the money!

We all know that going to university is an expensive decision, and with tuition fees now costing £9,000 a year it is only getting worse. So before you go to university its a great idea to have some money stored away, for a not so rainy day.

Ebay!

For those of you who don’t know about Ebay, where have you been? Ebay is an online auction site where you can buy and sell things from all over the world, and trust me when I say you can buy ANYTHING!

Obviously this post isn’t going to be about the best things you can buy, although you can get some deals, a great way to make a bit of extra uni money is by selling some stuff.

Do you have any clothes that are a little small for you? Books that you read when you were 12 but you really don’t care about what was going on in the OC anymore (guilty!) Well someone in the wide world may want to have you 5 year old top. So why not sell it?

I do sometimes feel bad about selling my things as normally, if I wasn’t selling them, they would go to the charity shop. However it normally takes about a year for the clothes to get there. However I still think that as a student we can get away with selling our things, otherwise I might be the charity.

I now have a basket in my room marked Ebay and every time I find something that has become to small or I no longer want, I just put it into the box so I can put it on ebay when I have time.

My Ebay Tips!

-Try not to put too much on ebay at one time.

I always find that I only like to have a couple of things being sold on ebay at a time. This means that if I have any questions then I know what item they are talking about.

-Make sure you are making money

There is obviously no point in selling something on ebay if you end up paying more to ship it than you get back. Work out how much a package will cost before hand.

-Description

When you are trying to sell your things you need to make your description interesting and make the product sound good

A blue denim jacket 

this doesn’t sound as good  as

A light blue cropped denim jacket with distress detail. 

So I hope you can make some great money selling the stuff you don’t want. Also watch out for the rest of this series.

Lauren x