College/University Tips

Hello Everyone,

So it’s that time of year again when we are all getting ready to go back to school and college. So in today’s post, I thought that I would share with you some tips that I have learned in the last three years of college. I am currently on placement so I won’t be heading back to college till January, but to think this is my last year in college is so sad! I have loved it so much, it was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

College is a completely different experience than school, there are no teachers checking you are doing all your work, there are no bells to tell you to be in a certain place or how much of a lunch to take off, it will be the first time in your school experience that you will actually be treated like an adult. Finally!

Your first year in University is all about making friends and meeting new people so make sure that you do that as everyone is in the same boat as you! Don’t get me wrong it can be so daunting going into a strange place where you don’t know anyone, especially for someone like me who is an introvert who is really shy around new people. The one thing I told myself going into college was that I had to take all the opportunities to socialise that I could, even if my anxiety was telling me no. I did okay, of course there where times when I turned down opportunities due to feeling too anxious but over all I was proud of myself and made some amazing friends who are my best friends today!

One thing you will do when you get used to college, is you will begin to take advantage of the fact that no one is telling you what to do or where to be. Every student does it when they get comfortable, especially in their second and third years. Honestly, I was really bad for skipping classes and getting a longer rest in bed or taking a longer lunch when I was in second year, but make sure you don’t if you want good grades. A few times is fine of course but doing it often can be very dangerous as when lecturers notice the pattern, they tend to use it to their advantage and tell vital information for exams so make sure not to skip often as it can have some bad consequences!

One of the biggest tips I can give is balance! College is going to be one of the best times of your life, trust me its amazing! But you also have to remember that you are there for a reason and its not all fun and games. So make sure to take notes in all your classes and study every week so that it all doesn’t pile up on you, if you thought school had a lot of work, college is even more challenging! What makes it seem nicer is that it is the subject or topic that you know you like, but it still takes a lot of work. So make sure you find yourself a nice place where you can study often.

Take advantage of the library facilities, this may seem obvious to some but when I started college, I used to only study in my room at my college home but never use the library as I thought it would be too noisy and my concentration can go so quickly when I try and study that I need to be focused all the time. Last year was the first time I really tried to study in the library and I actually really enjoyed it. As much as you can enjoy studying I suppose πŸ˜› So definitely try it out if you are finding it hard to focus and get work done at home πŸ™‚

If your university is anything like mine it will have a bar and cafe/restaurant on campus so make sure you don’t get sucked into spending all your money in there. Try and bring a packed lunch as you will be surprised how much money you would spend every week! Trust me I learnt the hard way haha, also make sure you don’t go to the bar between classes, this is one thing I never done but a lot of people did and it was a downhill spiral with their college/social life balance. Once in a while is fine but personally I wouldn’t recommend it until your college day is finished. πŸ™‚

If you are moving into accommodation, decorating your room how you like actually makes a big difference to how you will feel about the place you live. Within my three years in college, I have lived in 2 apartments and one house, I didn’t decorate my room for the first year and I’m sad that I didn’t as I realised in second year that it made such a difference when I was spending time by myself, that it felt more homely and happier than four blank white walls.

So that is all the tips and advice I have for todays post, I might do another similar post soon if you guys would like to here more tips? Good luck to everyone starting, you will love it and be sure to make the most of it! Let me know you thoughts on college and any tips you have in the comments. See you in my next post.

Thank you for reading,



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  1. August 31, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    This is great advice, I kind of wish i’d read more like this when I was at University! Best one is to get that balance between studying and social life, it really helps! Great work, posts like this can genuinely help people, especially those going in to their first year struggling with anxiety etc πŸ™‚

    • August 31, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you! Yeah I would have loved to have read something before going into college so I thought it would be nice for people just starting πŸ™‚

  2. babisbeauty
    August 31, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    This is so helpful

    • August 31, 2017 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  3. August 31, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I start my first day of college tomorrow and this was actually helpfulπŸ’• great post

    • August 31, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Good luck in college, you’ll love it <3

  4. August 31, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Great advice you got here. I like that you mentioned balance. I know a lot of people focus on all the activities and friends that they forget why they’re there in the first place: to get a degree. So finding that balance of school, work, and play is important!

    • August 31, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you! Yeah I completely agree sometimes its hard to remember when you are caught up in having fun but its important to remember it πŸ™‚

  5. August 31, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I absolutely love my college library, yet unfortunately didn’t take advantage of it until my sophomore year. I definitely wished I had followed you earlier and read these tips because they’re so relatable and helpful

    • August 31, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Yeah I am the same😊 awh thank you do much!πŸ’•

  6. August 31, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    I’m going to uni in October so these tips are super helpful! I will definitely try to not skip classes haha…

    • September 1, 2017 / 9:32 am

      Awh thank you! You’ll have a great time! haha a few times is okay just don’t let it become a habit πŸ˜›

      • September 1, 2017 / 11:43 am

        I sure hope so! I’m more than a little nervous…

        • September 2, 2017 / 1:06 pm

          Don’t be, you will have a ballπŸ’•

  7. August 31, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Great post even helps with my little girl going back to school πŸ™‚ actually. Thanks for recent likes on my pages too I’m really new to this about 2 weeks so would be wonderful if you could follow me please and I’m following you now πŸ™‚ have a great weekend, tamara

    • September 1, 2017 / 9:32 am

      Awh thank you! Hope she has a great time πŸ™‚

  8. August 31, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Great post dear 😊😊 I love your tips, so wonderful x x

  9. September 2, 2017 / 3:23 am

    hi i love your blogs! can you help me gain viewers on my first blog? Thank you! πŸ˜‡

    • September 2, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      Thank you😊 just keep posting regularly and working hard and you’ll gain them😊 good luckπŸŽ‰

  10. September 3, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Great advice! I just started my second year and I have definitely learned balance is key. I kinda went a little crazy with all the freedom I had in the first year. Lol!

    • September 4, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Yeah I did too haha, I think its only natural but getting back into the swing of things and finding that balance is so important πŸ™‚

  11. September 4, 2017 / 12:36 am

    Totally agree about decorating your dorm room. I’m in my last year of undergrad and I just started decorating my dorm room!

    • September 4, 2017 / 9:47 am

      Yeah I started doing it and it made such a difference in the last 2 years πŸ™‚

  12. September 4, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Agree with ALL of these! I started university a year ago but like to keep my mind refreshed on this advice.

  13. September 5, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I’m about to go into my second year, these are amazing tips, thankyou <3

    • September 5, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you! Have a great time! πŸ™‚

  14. September 6, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Helpful tips! At the university I went to, we had two main libraries on campus. I found the best library to study at was the one my friends didn’t go to :). Cheers!

  15. aflairforcare
    September 6, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Hey! I’m going to college in about a week and a half and reading this has helped me feel a lot calmer and less overwhelmed about the whole situation.. So thankyou !

    • September 7, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Oh good luck, you’ll have a great time! πŸ™‚

  16. September 17, 2017 / 11:12 am

    I can totally identify with this post – I am also a shy introvert especially with new people, but now I am finishing university and made some amazing friends who are also my best friends today. Very good post and have a great day. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸΌI also wrote a new blogpost about growing up and the time after university 😊

    • September 20, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Thank you so much! I’ll definitely have to check that out! πŸ™‚

  17. November 5, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I love this post! Wish I had read it before I started! I just posted my own blog about my experience of starting uni, it would be great if you could check it out

    • November 6, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Awh thank you! Glad its all going well for you πŸ™‚

  18. lnypublishing
    December 9, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    The part about the library is what I wished I learned sooner. During my first and second year, I’ve been too dependent on google. but ever since I went to the library, i realized that peer reviewed text books and journals outweigh the lay information we found a lot on the internet (granted, there are some very good websites out there!)

    By the way, I blog about studying and motivation –>

    • December 11, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Definitely the library is a gem not a lot of people us anymore πŸ™‚

  19. December 28, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Not going out all the time will not only help with your college/university/post secondary life, but also in your finances as well. Learning how to budget and how to use your money is crucial even if you are taking out student loans.

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