In less than a week it is the last ever deadline I will have in my University life. In just a couple of months I will be donning a cap and gown and graduating with what I hope to be a good degree. As a sort of light hearted post to get me through the last hurdle of this deadline and a way to reminisce over the last 4 years of University, I’ve compiled a list of 30 life lessons all university students will learn during their time as students.
1 // Having no money is shit. But it happens and you can definitely cope.
2 // Primark handbags won’t last. The straps will break after a few weeks of use and you will have to carry it home in the most awkward fashion ever.
3 // Back up your laptop FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
4 // Wilkinsons and Poundland are two very underrated shops. Especially for branded stuff.
5 // Make birthday presents for people or people won’t get birthday presents.
6 // Fringes do not work on a night out. They WILL get greasy and you WILL look horrendous in any photos from any of those sneaky ninja club photographers.
7 // No matter how many times you say you’re going to stop drinking, you won’t. (Even after you’re escorted home in an ambulance). Don’t kid yourself.
8 // Netflix can and will ruin your chance at a first class degree.
9 // Always have spare loo roll stashed somewhere just in case. Always.
10 // At the start of every year you’ll say you’re going to do all work on time. You may even genuinley believe you’re going to do it. But you won’t.
11 // You will gain weight no matter how healthy you try to be. Late night takeaways and booze are not friends of your figure.
12 // It’s sort of (not at all) nice and sort of (extremely) sad when you’re on first name basis with the guy who runs the takeaway across the road.
13 // Make the most of a full fridge when you’re on a trip home, it’s glorious. And it’s all free.
14 // Hot water bottles are the best things you’ll ever own. Especially when you’ve spent the money that should go on heating bills on cheap wine.
15 // How do you even work a boiler, anyway? Does anyone really need to know? Isn’t that what plumbers are for?
16 // Cheap wine gets better the more you drink it. Persevere and it will pay off.
17 // Going out 5 nights a week is strictly for freshers. Going to the library 5 nights a week and crying about your dissertation is strictly for final years. Both are totally acceptable.
18 // Fruit is expensive and goes off quickly. You’ll probably buy digestives instead anyway.
19 // It is possible to get bored of nights out, and it is okay. House parties are better anyway.
20 // All-nighters are never a good idea. Never. Not once. You will feel like you’re going to throw up, have a heart attack and pass out all at once.
21 // If you don’t have a car, it is great to live with someone who does. Lugging 10 bags of shopping home, up a hill, is not fun.
22 // Watching too much F.R.I.E.N.D.S. isn’t possible and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
23 // Student loan day is the best day ever.
24 // Rent day is the worst.
25 // Good friends don’t necessarily make good house mates. Especially when you’ve only known them for a few months before you sign the contract.
26 // When in doubt – Super Noodles. Or beans on toast. Or Heinz soup. (You get the idea.)
27 // The photo on your student card will be terrible and you will have to live with seeing it every day for at least 3 years.
28 // Never go shopping whilst you’re stressed/tired/hungry. You will come away with a fridge full of cheesestrings, chocolate milk and muller corners but nothing to actually sustain you.
29 // It’s 100% okay to get excited that things you would before have found boring (washing up liquid, Mr. Sheen, Persil Non Bio) are on offer at Tesco.
30 // You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to (including that dissertation deadline) with a bit of coffee/tea/redbull/vodka, even if at the time you’re a mess of tears, sweat and probably blood.
What life lessons did you learn during your time at University? Let me know in the comments!