I look back on my days at university with a mixture of joy and thoughtfulness. I don’t want to ever seem regretful, but it can be hard to sometimes reflect on my time at University as an adult, and not wish that I had done things a little differently. I had fun whilst I was a student but I can’t get over how much spare time I actually had, and how much time was wasted away watching Harry Potter for the 35316412nd time!

I hope that this post is able to provide some insight into uni-life for those about to attend, some practical advice for those that are already there, or some comfort to those on the other side that they are not alone in wishing they could talk to their uni -self and provide a little adult knowledge.


There is no point looking back and wishing I had worked harder, for longer, asked for more help or gone to more study groups whilst I was at university. However, if there is one piece of advice that I wish I could tell my younger self, it would be to focus more on time management. It is so easy to fall into the trap that there is loads of time to get things done whilst at university, due to the vast amount of ‘spare time’. The thing is, it isn’t spare time, it is time outside of your lectures and seminars for you to research, study and get work done.

Looking back, I wish I had treated University more as a full time job, working at my degree Monday to Friday, nine to five, giving myself weekends off. I appreciate that this isn’t a realistic approach to studying as social events etc. don’t always fit the mould, but I would strongly advise having a routine and study timetable to keep a bit more on track.


Financially, I wasn’t too bad when I was a student. As soon as I turned sixteen I got a Saturday job and so I have been money conscious from a young age. Going to university and having to manage my own budget took a little bit of getting used too but I think I managed pretty well by the end.

I found the best way to keep on track of money and ensure that I didn’t over spend, was to have a weekly budget. Some of my friends had monthly budgets or just waiting for their student loans to come through every couple of months, but this way they were always on the bread line, living off 10p baked beans for the last week before their next instalment.

A weekly budget worked best for me as I knew that the most I would have to wait is seven days before getting my next lot of money. However, if you’re really struggling there are some great budgeting sites available to provide help and advice such as Earnest, that provides help for student loan refinancing and helping recent grads manage money.

Eating & Socialising

When it comes to eating and socialising at university, my advice is to look after yourself and be as healthy as you can. When I first started university I didn’t particularly think about my diet and food, I just ate what I liked and enjoyed the freedom of shopping and cooking for myself. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the healthiest of choices at first, but by the end I felt like I was shopping appropriately and making sure that I was having a balanced diet rather than pizza and chocolate for breakfast.

In terms of socialising I would really recommend throwing yourself in at the deep end to try lots of things and meet lots of people, at first. One thing I would recommend however, which is something that I again learnt to do through time, is to learn to say no. Sometime studying, catching up on sleep, saving your money or having a trip to the library needs to take precedence. I think there is a massive pressure at university to not miss out and make sure that you’re involved in everything. Learning to say no can actually be really beneficial as you can prioritise your university life and enjoy the social events more.


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