Your university experience can be life changing, so make sure you grab every opportunity and challenge yourself to reach your full potential. This will help you get the results you want and put you in great stead for your dream job upon graduation.
If you’re new to London there are so many exciting places to visit and great people to meet; as a recent graduate, currently in full time employment, I am going to offer you some tips which will help to make your student experience in the capital.
- Get to know your University and key contacts
Make the best of the first weeks of university and get to know your classmates and staff by attending Fresher’s and Welcome Week. At these events you'll meet people that you will be studying with and socialising with throughout your time at university. This is your time to make a good first impression!
- Attend all your lectures/seminars/workshops
If you want to get high grades on your assignments and exams you need to make sure that you don't miss anything, so good attendance is crucial when it comes to the success of your studies.
- Don’t leave things to the last minute
There are many ways of organising yourself and managing your time, for example you could make a personal timetable that includes all of your social and university classes. If this is something you need help with check out these apps that will help you get organised.
- Get social
During the academic year there will be many chances for you to attend social, educational and industry events. To avoid FOMO make sure to sign up and go to as many as you can. You will always meet interesting people, learn new things, have your mind blown and last but not least have fun! Check out 'Time Out London' and 'Londonist' for the latest events in the city.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you have a question about something or need extra support, or if you just need to talk to someone don’t be afraid to do it. University staff are always on hand to help make your experience better and if they can't help you they will point you in the direction of someone who can.
- Look after yourself
It’s only natural to feel overwhelmed as a fresher, you will have deadlines to meet and it may be your first time living away from home.
A few things to remember: Make sure you're putting your wellbeing first, so find ways to wind down and relax. Get enough sleep, eating right and finding some time to exercise and do things you really enjoy. You can also join a group for free runs in the park, check out Park Run for more information.
There are so many perks that are available to you as a student, you have probably heard about UniDays and the NUS card, both provide huge student discounts. Not forgetting the amazing 30% off for a seasonal oyster card! Also, check out Student Central to stay in touch and share your experiences with students from different universities in London.
I hope your time at University will be the most memorable and joyful experience. Work hard, play hard.
Best of luck!
Written by Lidia Kalinowska