Given the eye-watering expenses involved with university you might as well make the most of your time there.
It’s been a few years since I graduated and while university was no walk in the park, I still associate it with some of the best times in my life.
Obviously the ideal end game of your time there is coming out with a degree that can serve you well for the rest of your life. That’s not to say you can’t have fun along the way though.
On top of all the good times I had, there’s obviously some stuff that I didn’t do and wish I had. These are a few of the things I either missed out on and regretted or things I did do and would 100% recommend.
1. Join a sports team or society
My stubbornness prevented me trying anything new when I couldn’t play football anymore. I still really regret that.
Aside from keeping fit, which we all know is tough at uni, joining a team is the perfect way to meet some new faces in a new city.
2. Go travelling, it doesn’t have to be glamorous
If like me, island hopping is way out of your budget, it doesn’t mean you can’t formulate some kind of adventure.
I worked extra shifts and put away a bit of my student loan to go interrailing around Europe for a month. Staying in budget hostels along the way and making use of night trains, it’s no where near as expensive as you might think.
3. Don’t feel pressured into nights out
I got into the habit of thinking I had to be on EVERY night out, mostly because of FOMO.
Spoiler alert – most nights out are exactly the same, don’t worry about missing a few for your own sake.
4. Put some money aside
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself with any kind of extra cash once your rent and bills have drained your bank account / soul, try and stick a little bit away.
Leave your parents with your savings account if you don’t trust yourself. Finishing your studies and having nothing in the bank can be seriously daunting.
5. Keep an eye out for internships / work experience
It can be a challenge balancing the time but personally this was completely worth it.
Not only does it give the CV a nice little boost it also supercharges your interest in whatever your studying. Admittedly I never took my degree as seriously I should until I got some experience in the industry.
6. Look after yourself
It sounds like a cliche but no degree is worth damaging your health.
Of course there’s going to be times when you’re stressed, university isn’t meant to be easy. That’s why self-care is more important than ever during this period.
Try your best to eat well, keep tabs on your spending and like previously mentioned, don’t worry about saying no to going out now and again.
Most of all, if you are struggling then speak to someone, whether it’s your university, a friend or a doctor, it’ll be the best thing you do.