There is no denying that come September there will be hundreds of fresh faced students embarking on the next steps of their educational journey. University can be some of the best years of your life as you not only learn great things but also have the opportunity to meet new people and experience some incredible things before officially entering into the world of adult life and commitments. But first of all you need to choose the right university for you. There are a couple of things that you need to consider.
One of the first things to think about would be the results you have gotten. The choice of university will be affected by the results you have received in your chosen college courses. You can speak with different universities to understand what results will be needed and to help yourself manage those expectations. It would be a good idea to have this information before embarking on a course or your exams. This can help you to ensure that you do all that you can to achieve the results you need.
The course you want to take
Another thing to think about would be the course that you want to take. Choosing your university is vital to help you decide on an area you want to study in, but you also need to consider the course you want to take. Not all universities offer the same course and some may offer variations of the course you want to take. A great tip is to visit all of the universities that offer the courses that you want and discuss what they entail and what qualifications you will leave with once the course is complete. Your results will also impact the course you take and some courses may require higher grades and UCAS points than others.
The right university for you
Last of all, deciding on the right university is crucial. You may want to stay at home so that you can commute to university or look elsewhere if some universities are offering better courses. A great tip is to look at the university rankings which can help to determine which university you want to attend. You also need to factor in accommodation and what is available there as well. University is all about the experience as well as the education.
Now that you have decided on which university is right for you, there is now the consideration for the first year and what you need to know to ensure that you can get the most out of your time in education. However, the first year can be daunting. Whether you are embarking on remote learning or attending some lectures, there are other factors that can ensure you make the most of that first year. Here are some suggestions.
Accept that most people will be new
One of the first things that you should do would be to accept that it won’t be just you that is new and likely to be feeling nervous. At the time, it can feel like you are unique. The only one to be feeling nervous, scared or isolated, but everyone in that first year will also be feeling the same. So accepting that can be one of the best things you do, as it will help you to drop your guard or any barriers you might have mentally put up. It may even give you the confidence to strike up a conversation and start making friendships.
Travel and experience different things
A great opportunity that university will give you is the chance to travel and that you can experience different things. This could be an exciting time for you. So make sure that you enjoy the opportunities it presents. You could look at work experience opportunities abroad as well that could work alongside your university course, or look to volunteer and take advantage of the chance that you have to travel and do things differently. Travel is a great way to understand cultures and experience things and university gives you the chance to do all of that before you take on responsibilities of a job and adult life.
Make financial savings where possible
University means that you need to spend money on tuition and accommodation in some cases, so you may need to look at how you can make some financial savings. This might mean things like meal planning to save on food costs, it might mean things like taking the chance to do side hustles in your spare time and earn some extra income. Money can be tight during your university days, so making some extra money in any spare time you have could be beneficial. You will also get student discounts in many retail stores and for things like travel. It is always a good idea to look at some of the offers out there for students and take advantage of the situation.
One thing you must do is be prepared. This means things like accommodation and understanding what your rights are, it means preparing for your lectures and lessons and also looking at insurance to help cover you in different situations. Insurance can be a huge help for when things don’t go to plan. Whether that is in university accommodation, for your vehicle for your commute to university, or contents and gadget insurance to cover the tools you need for learning. As long as you feel prepared for the first year you will be able to relax and enjoy it.
Go with the flow
Which brings us to the last point and that is to go with the flow. University is supposed to be a time that you enjoy and a chance to do things and meet new people. So make sure you go with the flow and have no regrets. You won’t regret it and some say that uni years are some of their best ever.
Let’s hope these tips help you with your first year of university.
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