FIRST TERM OF UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

Sunday, January 17, 2016









So I am about to start my second term of uni, I loved the first term and had a lovely break over Christmas. I'm very excited to get back to my flat and see my flat mates again, what my assignment are going to be and what the new units on my course are like. With that being said, I thought I would round up my first term for you, so if you are going to uni in September then you will have some idea of what it will be like. I have also planned a uni series for later in the year so stay tuned. 

Moving
I remember the day I moved so well, I was absolutely terrified didn't know what to expect at all. Moving into halls is a bit like big brother as you don't know who you are going to be living with for the year (more on my flatmates later). I had spoke to a few of my flat mates on Facebook which made it easier as we all knew when we were going to arrive. I unpacked my extremely packed car, and said a quick hello to everyone after being shown around and unpacked my stuff which took forever. 

Homesickness
The first week or so I found very hard as I was really homesick but I didn't expect to be. I was fine when I was with my flat, going out and socialising but I kept thinking 'oh I've got to commit to this for three years now.' But the homesickness does go away and I'm very happy now. All you need to do is stay in contact with friends and family, go home when you can and you'll be absolutely fine. 

Freshers
Freshers was a lot of fun and I loved it. It is what you expect a lot of going out, a lot of drinking, lack of sleep and freshers flu but it's worth it. You honestly have the best time, go so many places and bond with everyone. Sometimes pre drinking with everyone was more fun that going out. 

Friendships
I'm sure everyone has the fear that they aren't going to make any friends when they go to uni but you will you just have to put yourself out there and be sociable. I was lucky enough that three of my closest friends from home also came to Southampton. My flat are the best people in the world, I am so lucky that they are the people I'm living with as we all get a long so well and have lots of fun together. The girls I'm close with on my course are also really nice and are always there when you need some help. 

Living Alone 
Living alone is weird and great, I enjoy having my own freedom and doing whatever I want. But then I also miss having someone to do my food shopping, or washing which is what I hate the most. Although, I'm going to have to learn one day. 

Money
Poor student is a thing but it's not as bad as everyone makes out. I can always afford to eat and go out so I can be doing that bad, however this term will be the worst due to a house deposit to pay. I try to stick to a budget of £50 a week which half a that comes from my loan (after accommodation) and the other half I have to put my own money towards but that doesn't always happen, I am going to try my best this term though. If you budget yourself you will be fine but do remember to treat yourself every so often even if it is just a chocolate bar. I also do have a job which helps a bit and I make the most of working at home in the holidays as it keeps me away from my savings. 

Course
Now the actual uni bit, the course. I definitely did not anticipate how much work I would have, I thought oh first year it can't be that bad it doesn't even count. But I was definitely wrong I have so much work and work on top of assignments but I suppose it will prepare me for second and third year. There have been a fair few problems with my course but they are hopefully getting resolved. Other than that I am really enjoying. 

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