I had to be talked in to going to university.
No really; I wanted to stay at home and work in the hardware shop that I had worked in for two years before applying.
I was going through a difficult time and I really didn't think that I would be excepted, and then when I did, I thought that I wanted to stay at home.
In a lot of ways I still feel like I've blagged my way though the past three years but looking back, I'm so glad that I chose to pack up and move here. Not only have I learnt a lot, doing a subject that I love; but as cliché as it sounds, I've learnt a lot about myself and what I want from life.
There are a few things that I wish I had known before setting off though, so I thought that I would share them with you; just in case your planning to head off this September.
First off, put yourself out there.
If (like me) your not the most confident person in the world, then fake it. Being confident is key to meeting new people and meeting new people means more new friends. Whilst I'm on the subject of friendships; don't worry about making new friends because everyone is in the same boat and I promise that everybody is keen to meet new people.
I promise you, that within the first week, you will have a group of new friends that you will feel as though you have known for years.
Secondly, you'll have to get a little bit nerdy.
Read all of your books.
All of them.
It may sound obvious, but it is so easy to let the work slip to the sidelines when you have an ice-cold beverage in hand. You'll also have to go to the library every once in a while and familiarise yourself with the computer software that they use.
I don't think I went to the library once in first year, but I paid for it later when I got lost and looked really silly come second year.
Also, just in case you were wondering, pre-drinks should never be held inside the library.
It's really important to get involved with other things outside of your course. Whether you get a job, start an internship, write a blog or join lots of societies; not only will you make lots of new friends, but employers like to see that you got involved with extra curricular activities that don't involve alcohol.
Also, join the gym and eat properly, not only will it help keep you healthy and keep those endorphins buzzing round your system, but as I mentioned before, employers like people who get involved with things outside of their course and social life.
Don't ever. Ever, take your debit card out with you on a night out.
Promise me you wont?
Everyone I know has done this at some point and believe me, nobody wants to start getting extra generous, and start spending their loan at the bar.
I'm sure you will, but if you really don't like the people that you get put into halls with, then do something about it. I moved from my first flat and ended up meeting my two best friends in the new one. Best. Decision. Ever.
Also, make sure that you decorate your room with nice photos and fairy lights; it will make you feel more at home, remind you of your friends and family, and cheer you up from time to time.
Lastly, relax and enjoy it!
You only have three years, so make sure that you make the most of it!
Before I forget, it's really, really important that you start planning your Halloween outfit early. It's taken very seriously here. Iv'e been a killer pumpkin, road kill, a devil and I was almost a creepy doll this year.
I thought I would pop up a few photos of the best three years with the best people.
Just in case you were undecided about the whole 'Uni thing'.
The first few pictures are taken from Pintrest, and I made the last few boards on paint.