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What to expect during your first year at university

Worrying about what people are going to think about you, and how you’re going to make friends is pretty normal during your first year of university.

However, believe it or not, your first year will fly by. Here's a brief summary of what's happened so far during my first year of university.

1. Lots of studying

Okay, so I understand at the beginning you may not listen to the lectures or pay attention in the seminars, but you need to remember that you won't be spoon fed whilst you're at university—it’s on you! Here are some tips to make sure that you’re on top of work.

1. Keep some notes, about the topics each week so you're ready for your seminars

2. Do the reading, as it will help you to gain a better understanding your modules

3. Complete the tasks given to you by your tutors

4. Keep a task list or get a diary to keep in mind deadlines and tasks that you need to do

5. If your unclear on anything ALWAYS ask your lecturers

2. Socialising

Socialising is one of the main reason that most people decide to go to university. You get to meet people from all walks of life, and university is lots of fun!

For me, going to coffee shops, eating at different restaurants and experiencing things I’ve never done before—like going to a trampoline park—has formed a large part of my university experience. However, no matter how you choose to spend your free time, always remember to give yourself time to relax, especially when deadlines are approaching!

3. Support from your university

This is a very important part of university life, but it does require you to speak up—especially in lectures or seminars—so that you can make sure that you get the most out of your university experience.

It's so important to network and make contacts with people whilst you're at university. Your university will probably have different services that will provide you with the contacts that you need, so grab those opportunities and talk to people.

As I want to be a journalist it’s important that I network to get placements and build my portfolio! Therefore, make sure you gain support and get involved in as many events as possible because you never know when an opportunity will arise.

Let us know in the comments what happened during your first year at university.
Featured image: Becca Tapert on Unsplash

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