If you’re into your first year of university or planning to start a course after the summer, then there are various things to think about – both regarding making the most of your studies and your social life. For many, going away to university is the first taste of real freedom. However, it’s important to remember that you need to keep a level head and focus on your end goals while also having fun! Here are four things to keep in mind:
Be happy in your home.
One thing you’ll notice when you leave the family nest is the loss of your home comforts. That doesn’t mean that you have to move to some nasty old student digs, though! There are lots of student accommodation options out there, for example,
Going to university doesn’t come cheap these days, and you shouldn’t think that your years away from home are just one big excuse to party all the time. Remember the real reason why you have gone to university: to [/caption] or other qualifications, to set you on the path to career success. It means you need to knuckle down on your studies, attend your lectures, complete your coursework and get ready for exams to the best of your abilities. You can, of course, have a bit of fun too. After all, everything in moderation.
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Leaving the family home often means no more home-made meals made for you sat waiting on the table every evening. It’s down to you to do the grocery shopping, to plan what you’re going to eat each day. When you’re a student, you don’t want to be spending hours in the kitchen each day or spending a fortune. Think ahead and plan your meals. One idea is to bulk cook and freeze food in portions to have a longer supply of meals that you need to defrost and heat. You could also pool together resources with any housemates, sharing the cooking duties, or all cooking and eating together when you can. It really can be a sociable activity!
However, make sure you have a well-balanced diet. You don’t want to be eating microwave meals and chips every week, with no fresh fruit or veg!
As well as eating well, you need to keep yourself in good shape, especially if you like having a few drinks and then heading to the kebab shop. Regular exercise can be good for the body and the mind. So, think about how you can get active. It could be walking or riding your bike to lectures or joining a gym or fitness class.