I hope that you are well and enjoying the August Sun ☀️
Many of us (including me) are preparing to take the next steps in educational journeys; university. We've completed our years of school education; said farewell to our teachers and classmates, and are now preparing to live independently and learn in a new environment. With that being said, today I thought that I would share some tips to prepare for university and make the transition a bit smoother.
1. Open a student bank account- if you haven't already, take the time to do your research and open a student bank account. They tend to have better offers and freebies than a regular current account, so do your research on what deals bigger banks have available and open an account.
2. Find people in your course online- Facebook, The Student Room and other sites will allow you to find offer holders doing your course at your uni and connect with them. I would definitely recommend that you try to find the facebook group for your university course or accommodation and start chatting with the people in it. You might even make some friends or find out useful information that you didn't know previously.
3. Read through advice from people who have done your course/have gone to your university- go on the Student Room or look to Youtube for students who have done your course or went to your university and find out their tips and advice. You could learn a lot from their regrets, wishes and advice, or try and reach out to pick their brain on certain topics you aren't too sure about.
4. Start shopping- you may not have found out your grades just yet, but that doesn't mean that you can't start shopping! Pick up essentials that you will need before and get the best products before it all starts to sell out. If you don't end up needing it, you can always return it later (so keep the receipts!) I would recommend that you download the Ultimate University Packing List that I made to see what you can pick up right now.
Also, check what you already have and don't need to buy! If you've picked up some really nice speakers or recently treated yourself to a new laptop, you can tick those off the list now!
5. Hang out with your school friends- plan a nice goodbye to all of your schoolfriends if you're going to be parting ways. Have a small barbecue or go out to eat and have the final farewell.
6. Clear your laptop/tablet- this is one that most people tend to forget. Those essays that you wrote in your AS History Class can go, as well as the revision booklets from Chemistry and the poem analysis saved on your home screen. Deleting old files from your laptop can make it work faster and increase the space available for new work.
7. Set some goals- what do you want to achieve at university? Take the time to sit down and write some targets and goals down for the new academic year and your plans to achieve them. (Remember to make them SMART- Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound)
8. Take a look at societies and clubs at your university- hop back onto your universities website and find the area where they talk about clubs and societies. Do you want to try out a new sport or join a new society? Make a note of the different clubs available and have a think about what you could join and how much time you'd have for them.
9. Update your CV- Analyse your CV and update it- add your most recent grades, any work experience you've done and anything else impressive. This will make it much easier if you want to apply for jobs when you arrive at university.
10. Relax!- It still is the Summer, so relax and enjoy yourself! You might not have another Summer this chilled and long again, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Wishing all of you who are receiving your grades on Thursday the best of luck!