As I can probably talk for many students- being at university (or home for that matter) is basically like being on a constant pedestal between caring about your health, finances and work or wasting your student loan on having fun.
After the first few months of partying, meeting new people and getting into work- it all starts getting a little bit intense. You are starting to realise you should probably stop eating so many takeaways, going out as much and start actually attending some of your lectures.
Finding your own balance between staying healthy, having fun and studying can be hard at first, but identifying the things that work for you and the things that don’t can be quick start to getting your sh*t together!
Below are some things I picked up from being at Uni that helped me:
1: Surround yourself with people on the same level as you!. For example- if you are not the type that wants to go out drinking every night and prefer to chill too- find people who like to do the same. Befriending people who are not on your level can be exhausting and will probably make you strive away from achieving your goals and doing what you set out to do.
2. Find a hobby or activity that you enjoy that is beneficial to you. This can be from simply going on a walk or joining a club/gym. Things like this take you away from reality and can be a good stress-reliever.
3. Meal prep when you can!. If you have a long day at Uni, you’re most likely to sneak to the cafe in between your breaks to waste time until your next lecture. Buying a plastic container and putting left overs from your dinner the previous night will save you splashing those £3 on meal deals everyday, and you’ll realise how much money you’re saving in the process.
4. Don’t give in to peer pressure!. Meeting new friends at university means you have to adapt to different situations. However- if you feel like you’re being pressured into something you don’t want to do- don’t do it!. It may feel like you’re being a boring fart at the time- but in the long run you’ll feel better you listened to yourself and have nothing to regret.
5. Give yourself a break!. If you’re feeling like you’re working too hard and you need a break, you’re probably right. Go for a walk, watch something on Netflix, make some food. Working under stress is not going to benefit you or your brain so chill and start again when you’re in the right frame of mind to.
Again, find whats right for you. Because in the end- you’re the only one that can make an experience as good as it can be!
Lots of love,