As a fresher, you might not know yet just how amazing student life is, especially because of the amount of things you do during one single year at uni. But there are things people won’t tell you about; those things you usually have to discover by yourself. So, in order to help you expect the inevitable, I have created a list of facts about student life that no one will tell you.
Time flies when you’re a student. At the end of your first year, you will be shocked by the fact that it has passed so quickly, but you’ll be even more shocked at the fact that you actually survived! I’m not just talking about the late nights and parties, I’m talking about just living off your own cooking for a year! Your first year is built out of amazing moments such as staying up late to finish your deadlines, the trio Monday-Wednesday-Friday when you simply decide to change your name in Napoleon Born-to-party – followed by volunteering activities and society events, which most of the time lead to having the time of your life. It might not feel like it now, but treasure every minute of this year, because you’ll never experience it again and it’ll be over in a flash.
You’ll watch films you don’t even like, you’ll go for walks, you might even clean your room just to avoid writing coursework! Procrastination is the reason you finish your work ten seconds before a deadline. But don’t worry, we all do it and eventually, you will get your work done (you kind of have to!). To be honest, I’ve heard people saying there are some out there that submit their coursework a few days before the deadline, but myths are to be told for the sake of storytelling (and making us procrastinators feel bad).
3. It’s not as easy as it seems
Everyone says that the first year of uni is easy. Well, compared to the next ones it is. But isolated in time, this year you’ll test your limits. You’ll party a lot, study a lot, you’ll cook for yourself, you’ll shop for yourself, you’ll meet new people constantly, trying new things all the time, and you’ll never ever sleep as much as you’d like. Living on campus only amplifies all the stress and fantastic moments spent with people. You’re likely to have never lived this way before and with it all going so fast, everything can feel pretty extreme at times. You’ll have a great time, but you will get tired and you will wonder where the time is going, so my advice is to take some time out, go for a walk, listen to some music, whatever you need to do just to let your body catch up with your mind and to relax for a bit!
4. Sleep is for the weak
Sleep is a luxury that you might not see a lot of if you’re big on parties or work late into the night. As a first-year student, the need to sleep will feel secondary to all the other cool stuff you want to do. When it comes to getting work done, though, it is necessary!
5. Oh, the freedom!
No one tells you what to do and they aren’t going to. If you want to go out all night, then you can. If you want to have a takeaway every night, then you can. No one will tell you to do otherwise. At first, you fall in love with your Freedom, but once you get into such a relationship you realise that ‘bae’ is pretty hard to please. You still love her, but then you see that Freedom has changed and she brought some friends one by one such as Decision, Responsibility and, the most annoying one, Confusion. The fact that no one tells you what to do is a great new phase of life, but then you don’t always know what to do with your life and you wish that somebody (usually mum) would save you. Don’t worry. No one knows how to handle their new found freedom straight away, but by the end of the year,you will learn to love it and believe it or not, you’ll be able to take care of yourself (with maybe just a bit of help from mum)!
So there you go, 5 things about student life that no one tells you about. It’s weird, it’s wonderful, and it’s wacky. But I promise you this: you’ll have the time of your life!