3 things I learnt in my first year at university

University; 'the best few years of your life', filled with both fun and panic equally. There are pro's and con's for every university course, spread differently from lifestyle to lifestyle. My first year is finally over and it's probably been the biggest portion of lessons learnt, for me. Starting university can be scary, so I thought I'd share a few things I have learnt so far, and maybe you'll find you discover or discovered them too!

1. Working through the stress

One of the biggest things I learnt throughout my first year of university was that it doesn't seem to matter just how high your current, 'to do' list is - there's always more work to be done. I used to be someone that could miss a nights sleep to get that essay done that's due or get an entire art piece done throughout the night, but after developing Chronic Fatigue, that is just not an option anymore. But when those endless deadlines are looming, somehow, it can usually still be done.

(Note: Please talk to someone if it can't, because, more often than not, they can help you out!)

2. Try again...

I dealt with a lot of issues in my first year surrounding how I approached some of my subjects. I took a foundation year out before my BA degree, and they taught us a lot about critical thinking and idea generating that my university thought was a waste of time. This just lead to a lot of confusion and not having enough time to complete tasks. It really infuriated me at first, but I had to learn to pick myself up and start again - which I did, and thankfully turned out well.

Another thing I struggled with was how blunt the tutors could be when critiquing student work. I don't know if this is just a creative studies thing or whether it's more widespread; but the amount of times I heard the word, 'shit', wasn't fun and it really demotivated me. I'd had generally honest tutors or 'shit sandwiches' before, but this was hard on me and other people that had the same tutor. Oddly, this taught me a lot about dealing and coping with panic attacks. My tactic was to breathe, lots, buy myself a hot chocolate and chill out for an hour before going back to study. Almost like pressing the refresh button on myself. (Whereas before this, I would've always just retreated back to the bus home).

3. You're here for a reason, keep hold of that

Going back to the process of actually getting into university, it was one of the most stressful times of my life. I thought my process was especially long-winded and strenuous but the more I talk to people, the more common it seems it be. If you were one of those, you know.

But either way, getting in, is a huge achievement. Think of how many students are on your course, against how many that apply. Of course, there will be students that applied and attended elsewhere, and students that chose not to or couldn't continue their studies, but you get the point. You can't get in without having some good knowledge and talent for your subject, so own that. Figure out what the change is that you can create in the world, (it can be teeny tiny or it can be huge, that's your call), and go earn that.

These are few things I've learnt myself at university but I would love to hear what you learnt too and we can spread the message over on Twitter! I'd love to share more posts like this so just let me know if there's any questions you have, and I'll try to answer them soon for you.



  1. Such great advice! I never really experienced university so I love reading posts like this :D love your blog! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    1. Aw thank you! Glad you enjoyed reading it :) I love yours too! ♡


  2. Uni taught me so much about being able to take criticism. In fact, I need to go back to that environment now. It makes you take yourself less seriously. Enjoy your remaining years - they go so fast!

    Lisa | www.farawaylisamae.com


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