Getting ready to attend university is no small thing to do. For one thing, you are making the move away from the regimented organisation of high school and moving to a new educational institution where nobody actually minds, notices, or cares if you attend lectures or not (well, except for your parents, of course) and where you don’t have to produce any kind of sick note if you don’t attend class for the whole term. You will fail if you don’t do the work though, and there’s a lot to be said for being organised and preparing well. To that end, we have pulled together a quick guide for you to make it through the uni preparation process so that everything – from heading out to buy textbooks through to scheduling your classes for the semester – is a breeze.
Don’t expect to be the best at everything
Often, university is full of high achieving students (especially in the more difficult subjects like law, medicine and engineering) and there is an immense level of pressure on you to succeed in every aspect. We are here to tell you that kind of pressure simply isn’t productive and it’s not helpful. You will eventually burn out and that means even more stress. Of course you want excellent grades, and you want to be on the sporting team and doing all these extracurricular activities – but something has got to give eventually. To that end, don’t commit yourself to a full time or even part time job unless you have to – and we understand that lots of uni students have to work more than they would like to – but try to keep as much time free for study and other commitments. A good, frugal budget will help here – and you’ll be surprised how much money you save just by cutting back on UberEats…
Prioritise your sleep
So many students simply don’t get enough sleep which is a huge problem when you consider the fact that higher amounts of sleep contributes to your overall success at university. You all know that you should limit technology time before bed and spend enough time exercising, so instead of scrolling Instagram and browsing Facebook at 1am, turn your phone over and get to sleep instead.
Nothing beats a good ol’ planner when it comes to setting out your goals and plans for the year. Get yourself a school diary (they usually give them out in the first week of term) and make sure you plan everything out on a calendar ready to work for the semester.
While it might seem imprudent to allocate exercise time when you could be studying, know that exercising is vital for your academic success. When it comes to getting ready for the semester, you want to be a peak physical condition so that you’re not going to be prone to sickness or illness. And if you’re worried about keeping up your exercise during the semester and finding time for study – just remember that you can multi-task by listening to podcasts of your lectures while you’re jogging ot at the gym.
Don’t compare yourself to other people
Ok, so that guy from your tutorial is super happy with his great 98% grade on his latest paper. So what. He probably has no social life, while you are dedicating time to volunteer work and various other commitments. If you start thinking that you should be doing as well as so-and-so you’re only going to spiral. Don’t do it. Get in the habit of being ok with yourself prior to uni starting, and keep up that practice.
Do seek help when you need it
If you are feeling low, depressed, or anxious, don’t go it alone. Ask for help – because there are a heck of a lot of options out there for you if you need mental health assistance. Use your university counsellors and speak to your peers about how you’re feeling – chances are they are feeling exactly the same way as well.
Register with a good GP
To make sure you have access to great health and support, make sure you’re registered with a good GP near your uni or home. If you’ve moved house or cities to go to uni, this is particularly salient.