close icon

what are you looking for?

close icon

badges you can earn


earn editorial badges by uploading a number of stories.
  • 1
    writer
  • 10
    senior writer
  • 20
    sub - editor
  • 50
    editor
close icon

Sign Up


use your university email address to create your account.

Username already exists, please use another email address.

Please ensure all fields aren't empty









 
  • Please Select
  • Abertay University
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
  • Arden University
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Ashridge Executive Education
  • Aston University
  • Bangor University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Birkbeck University of London
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Bournemouth University
  • BPP University
  • British School of Osteopathy
  • Brunel University
  • Bucks New University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Coventry University
  • Cranfield University
  • De Montfort University
  • Durham University
  • Edge Hill University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • European School of Economics
  • Falmouth University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Harper Adams University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Heythrop College, University of London
  • Imperial College London
  • Keele University
  • King’s College London
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Leeds Trinity University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • London Business School
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Middlesex University
  • Newcastle University
  • Newman University, Birmingham
  • Northumbria University
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Plymouth College of Art
  • Plymouth Marjon University
  • Plymouth University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Regent’s University London
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Rose Bruford College
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Agricultural University
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • School of Advanced Study
  • Scotland’s Rural College
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • SOAS, University of London
  • Southampton Solent University
  • St George’s, University of London
  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Staffordshire University
  • Swansea University
  • Teesside University
  • The American International University in London
  • The London Institute of Banking & Finance
  • The Open University
  • The University of Law
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Ulster University
  • University College Birmingham
  • University College London
  • University College of Estate Management
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bath
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bolton
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Buckingham
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Cumbria
  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of East London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Suffolk
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the Arts
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of the West of England
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of Wales
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • University of Warwick
  • University of West London
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Winchester
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Worcester
  • University of York
  • Wrexham Glyndwr University
  • Writtle University College
  • York St John University

By creating an account you agree to the uni news Terms and Conditions, and agree to receive marketing communications.

close icon

subscribe to uni news


get the latest articles straight to your inbox.

9 slightly bitter truths all university students need to know

University isn’t easy.

Some of these “truths” might come across as a bit harsh, but nevertheless, here are a couple of important things you may not hear as much when it comes to university:

1. Don’t be afraid to try new things
New Things Try It GIF by Red Bull

Be open try learning and trying new things because at university you’re going to go through a period of change—allow yourself to have the opportunity to be receptive to new people, new activities and new ideas.

2. Your first-year friends might not be your BFFs
different wes anderson GIF

The first few months—and perhaps the entire first year of university—will be a transition. What the media neglects to tell you is that sometimes it’s hard to form meaningful, long-lasting friendships. Take a good long look at the friends you are hanging around with now. Chances are that these will probably not be the faces you’ll be seeing after university or ten years from now. At university, you’re going to meet every type of person, you’re going to rub shoulders with so many amazing people, some of whom are going to be like-minded. Don’t get too worried!

3. Get a grasp on building a variety of new skills 

 

The term “career ladder” wrongfully maintains a powerful stance. Students today should view the career ladder more as a “career web”. As a prospective employee, you’ll probably want to not only move up in your career path but branch out and discover other avenues that will elevate you in your career. Your prospective employer will want to see a multitude of skills that you have accumulated at university. I think there is a reason why “soft skills” are so valuable to have – whether it’s effective communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, leadership etc. Understand that university is just a high priced stepping stone that you can use to build upon your current skills as well as develop on new ones.

4. Getting a job has a lot to do with your practical experience
lauren conrad GIF by The Hills

Take your internships, work experience, placements etc. seriously. Get involved with societies, sports clubs, the university newspaper, faculty officer positions etc. When you graduate, it’s vital to have some good references and experiences in your back pocket.

5. Start to make good habits now
logan lerman fun GIF
The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better today.

This is a quote that I came across when I was listening to a ted talk by Simon Sinek. Good habits can be such a fundamental part of having a good productive day. Whether it’s resetting your sleeping pattern or getting a better handle on your personal organisation, we all know exactly what we need to do to be better and do better. It’s all about the taking that first step.

6. Learn four simple food recipes by heart
alicia silverstone cooking GIF

To wait until you’ve graduated university to learn to cook is a little bit like waiting until the car fuel chamber blinks bright red before you’re willing to buy some petrol. Once rent and school supplies are deducted from your student loan, you’ll find that ordering Dominos three times a week is not just a poor choice for your wallet but for your health too. No-one’s expecting you to be as good as Gordon Ramsey overnight, but by using YouTube it’s never been easier to find easy recipes. You’ve got no excuse.

7. Get into good money habits now while you’re at university
Terrified GIF

According to the National Student Money Survey 2018, 70% of students wish they had a better financial education before starting university. When it comes to student loans, the survey also showed that one in two students don’t understand their student loan agreement, and 70% of students have no knowledge of what the interest rate of their student loan is. It might seem more fun not to worry, but financial literacy is important when starting university.

8. Let your goals inspire you to work hard towards where you see yourself career-wise
motivational you can do it GIF

University can be a great place to gain access to some fantastic resources. Even so, there will be times when you will question your degree and whether you’re on the right path. Utilise the services that your university offers when it comes to careers and employability.

9. Focus on yourself
jim o'heir mirror GIF by Take Me

It’s imperative to actually sit down and really think about what you want to do. What are some goals that you would absolutely love to accomplish? Where do you see yourself with regards to your career of choice? It’s important to maintain a spotlight on your goals as you weave through the exhausting up and downs of university life. Let your goals inspire and motivate you when you’re feeling bogged down with the work load and pressure.

Featured image: Christine Bird / Shutterstock.com

Comments