So it has been a while since I have blogged a post in relation to University, so I thought this was a good place to start 🙂 I have officially ended my first year of Uni and I am now home for Summer! I’ll be heading back to University in September for my second year (Fingers crossed I get good first year results!)
So how was my first year overall? It was good & bad but it did teach me a lot, I learnt to cook, clean, DIY, how to survive without TV (no TV license sadly so had to survive by catch up TV on my laptop), how to ignore people that wern’t exactly nice and how to keep up with all the work.
So I thought that I would show you guys my old room in my halls, I lived in 13C and it was a super cute room, very cosy!
So this July I am moving into our new apartment for our second year at University and to say I am excited is an understatement! Halls has been a roller coaster of crazy times, there was times when I played pranks, times when my flatmates drove me insane, times when we all argued over the cleanliness of the flat, so now it is coming to end I decided to share ten things I definitely won’t be missing! 🙂
The sound of my flatmates playing their guitars at like 2am in the morning or watching a film on full volume in the early hours of the morning.
The arguments over who takes the bin out because it gets left so long the person who has to take it out has to make at least two trips from our 3rd floor flat to the bins.
Walking up and down three flights of stairs everyday.
Not having enough space to keep my clothes or things because my room is so tiny!
People stealing my food, it’ll be great to be able to go shopping for food and actually eat what I buy.
So that’s five small things I am rather looking forward to not being in halls, hope you enjoyed it 🙂
So it’s coming to the end of my first year at University and I was just reflecting on what I have learnt from being here away from home with complete strangers in a tiny flat and going to University with thousands of other students each day. University has been an experience, there was funny moments, sad homesick moments and damn right strange what the hell moments.
So without further a due here are my top 10 things that University has taught me:
People will eat your food, even if they don’t live in your flat and they’re just visiting another flatmate. If it isn’t locked away in your cupboard it’s going to be gone when you go looking for it. The fridge is open game for anyone, you have to share one space for everyone’s dairy and meat products which means thing’s like milk, cheese and bacon which is like the price of gold when you’re a broke student goes missing very quickly. Countless times has my cheese been eaten, grated, taken and my newly brought milk has been drunk before I can even get myself a cup of tea.
You have to learn how to do things for yourself. The washing machine wont pull out extendable arms and throw your washing in for you and do it all for you with the right measurements of powder and comfort, nope you have to learn that all. I even started hand washing my clothes because I got so good at it! From my first year I’ve learnt to sew broken/ripped clothes, cook meat the right way, how to do washing, how to look after myself when I’m sick and all because I had to be independent.
Introducing yourself and making friends can be easy but also hard as well. When I came to University everyone seemed to have their cliques all sorted out, friends previously made, this was daunting but eventually you’ll meet people just like you who is finding it hard as well and there! you have your first friend. However University has also taught me that someone that you swap phone numbers with in the first week wont necessarily be your friend at the end of the first year.
Take away’s lure students in by the dozen by offering cheap prices that are a little suspicious to say the least! Then you find out that £1 chicken and chips has given you the worst belly ache the next day and your new best friend is the toilet for the day. Uni has taught me and thousands of other students that not all fast food is a good idea because take away’s know we haven’t got the money to be fussy.
Not everyone has the same hygiene standards as me. Regular urine puddles on the toilet floor, sick over the rim of the toilet and an overflowing bin. Need I say more? But It’s University, you have to deal with living with these people for one year, might as well not start a war over it. Just look forward to that second year apartment where you know you’ll keep it spotless without them living with you!
The days of buying brand name food goes out the window once you start Uni you start saving the pennies by cutting back on things like not eating Heinz and going for the cheaper dodgier super market own brand beans instead which eventually taste horrid anyway. Every penny counts! When I got to University I was shocked to learn that alcohol is cheaper than a glass of apple juice in all the local restaurants and pubs, so many students drink heavy amounts.
When your loan comes through it looks oh so beautiful right? You get the sudden urge to act the billionaire and flash the cash and what happens if you do that? You end up begging your flatmates to share their food cause you’re so broke you can’t even get some food shopping. Save the Loan!
It’s very easy to dislike someone. At University there are thousands of students and chances are you wont like all of them, you may not even like any of them. It’s easy at University to become frustrated with flat mates or people on your course, especially when they feel the same way about you as well, things can get a little out of hand in that scenario so try to avoid conflict.
Students get lots of discounts! No joke! Supermarkets, stores, retailers and various other outlets pour out student discounts, offers and lock ins all year round. Prime time to pick up discounts and things is at freshers fairs! I think I came home with two bags of freebies and offers at the start of University in September. So take advantage of this!
It’s good to join societies. People told me this before I came to University and I was like ‘Why would I join that…’ but it’s true, the easiest way to make friends or get involved is by societies. I joined a few and gained high authority positions within the societies within 2 months of starting Uni and I never felt more involved in University. Yes in freshers week everyone pressures you to join their society at the freshers fair, but as daunting as that is take the opportunity to eat all the free cake, sweets and goodies (believe me there will be loads) but sign up for things that interest you. You wont regret it.
So it is Easter Sunday today and to be honest it’s been a partly sad but relaxing day, I said goodbye to my parents as they headed home towards London while I stay here in Leeds which was pretty emotional especially as this is my first Easter away from home.
A little explanation- the reason I didn’t go home for Easter was because I actually managed to get a job interview (I got the job!) which happened to be in the Easter break plus I had a hectic amount of work to do for when I go back for my final semester of first year. While everyone else was leaving my halls with suitcases packed and getting in cars and on every train,bus or coach I was stuck up in the chilly North with snow. Luckily my partner had to stay as well for his job so at least I wasn’t completely alone, if he wasn’t here either I think I would’ve ran all the way home by now out of loneliness. So this morning my parents left after a really nice weekend showing them around Leeds, I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to be honest it was lovely seeing them. So this Easter has been nice and lucky me I also won £10 on a lottery ticket – the most I’ve ever won! So I’m going to treat myself to an eyebrow threading appointment, usually I always keep on top of my eyebrows making sure they’re kept tidy but lately being a student without tweezers or money for threading has had bad results on my eyebrows – to which my dad made some pretty funny jokes about over the weekend!
I also think I have sprained my ankle as it kills! 😦 So I’m kind of just hobbling around as well, but I brought some cucumber and used it on my eyes and had a long nap (5 whole hours!) because I really needed some sleep and to rest my ankle. But that’s been my Easter so far, a mixture of good and bad but still great… just want to wish everyone a Happy Easter! 😀 (Below is the cutest picture ever that I found on Google)