After three years of a degree, I’ve learnt a lot from the mistakes myself and my friends have made. Here are my three most important areas of advice for surviving Uni
Firstly, eat your vegetables. I made a conscious effort in my final year to eat more fruit and veg, and I’ve been ill way less. Drink more water too. Most things can be cured with more water: headaches, breakouts, hangovers, even tiredness. Make your health a priority. Walk places and get some exercise and fresh air. Your body and mind are incredible but you need to treat them well so they can perform at their best. Healthy body = healthy mind, and surviving Uni relies on it!
Work hard but rest hard too. The more you spread out your work load the happy you will be. I took three years to get into a routine of writing my essays a little at a time, rather than in one big panic. Learn to prioritise tasks you don’t want to do, or find hard. The sooner they are out of the way the better. Take time to chill, watch tv or hang with friends. Balance is key to achieving the best you can without burning out. My best piece of advice for surviving Uni is to slow down and allow yourself time.
Save as much as you can, and try to stay out of your overdraft if you can. Don’t spend all your money on takeout and booze. I promise it’s not worth it. The more you cook for yourself the healthier you and your bank balance will be. Take cash on nights out so you can’t overspend. If you buy a round, make sure you’re getting the same number of drinks back or you’ll lose money quickly. I told myself I wasn’t going to buy any new clothes this year, and not only did I survive, but I saved a lot of money. Buy what you need, and only buy what you want when you know you can afford it. My favourite piece of advice is only buy what you can afford two of.
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