The things they don't tell you about university

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We're told so many things about university before we apply, or from siblings or older friends we may have. However, there are a lot of things we don't hear from them so I thought I'd share them with you!


Procrastination is going to be your enemy, but also best friend
Nothing beats me more than procrastination, especially when I've got more assignments to do than fingers on my hands. However, it's always good when it hits you during a stress moment, as you can relax for a little. Being able to balance your time is something you'll need to learn to be a student, especially if you have a deadline looming.



Missing lectures really isn't all that fun

Remember those one or two lectures you missed because of a hangover? It'll bite you on the ass one day. I know the temptation is there to miss a lecture or two when feeling a bit rough, but try your hardest to go to as many as possible. It's always better to be one step forward than two steps behind!

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You might get bored of partying

 Did I really just say that? Yes, I did. I know a few people who party so much more less than first year because they're bored of it, or think it's a waste of money now. Instead, drinking in with a few mates whilst playing games or watching movies is usually the 'go to' nowadays.

Keep your receipts

This sounds like a given, but there's nothing more terrifying than checking your bank balance to see money gone that you have no idea had gone out. It's also nice to see where that £10 may have gone out of your bank account, too.

You may learn more from your course through extra reading, rather than lectures. This one was said to me by my boyfriend who does a History degree, but I do kind of agree with him. If you have a lecture PowerPoint full of mainly pictures or small summaries, you may need to hit the books (cue a gasp).





Grades from first year count

Wrong answer, they actually don't (but you do need to get your grades over the lowest pass mark, usually 40%). Second year and third year are what count for grades. First year is essentially a practise run, but don't use it as an excuse to do badly and don't stress if your grades aren't as good as you'd like them to be. You have the whole year to get them as good as you possibly can.

You'll make all your friends during Freshers and you'll keep them forever

The person you met whilst absolutely plastered in a club who you got a photo with will probably not remember you at all. You'll always be making friends regardless, whether it's first year, right up until your master's degree. Out of all the people I knew during first year, I actually only see/speak to (on a regular-ish basis) probably less than 10 of the 60ish in my student village building. Drastic drop, huh?

Getting a job during university is bad for studies

I know a lot of people during first and second year who have jobs and can balance it, family life, relationships, friends and university work. I worked during the summer whilst not being in university and that actually tired me out more than working for 9 months purely on assignments and exams.

After graduation, you won't be able to get a job. 

I know this is a total worry for students, but Prospects are pretty good at helping students with ideas for jobs after they graduate. That, and the careers part of your university will be a helping hand for you when it comes to third year and making those pretty big decisions.

I'm going to have 3-5 years of drama and stress free university work. 

DING DONG, you're wrong there my friend. Just because you're essentially in a place full of "adults", drama and stress will be around the corner at some point. Whether it's petty flat/house arguments about who used someone cutlery, to full blown hissy fits - it's gonna happen.

"I'm gonna be a careful spender". 

Put it this way, give it until the end of a semester and then see if you're reaction is gonna be the same. It usually won't be. Nobody is expecting you to turn into an accountant, but just be careful.

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What are some university myths do you know of that I didn't list? Let me know!


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10 comments

  1. Very interesting post ! I can't think of any myths right now, but I'd love to read part 2 if you ever decide to make it :)

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! I'll definitely be making another one at some point, when I've gone through a bit more of uni to think of more myths!

      - Chloe
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  2. It's funny, I think my experience was a little different to yours cos some of these I strongly agree, like procrastinating is actually good cos it helps you switch off and my favourite 'I'm gonna save this year' 😂 But I never minded missing lectures cos I found the study notes more helpful a lot of the time. There were definitely some lectures that I'm extremely glad I went to though so I'm probably suppressing some guilt for not going! 😂 My myth is "you'll lose weight cos you can't afford food" (all I did was eat 😉) love this post though, got me reminiscing 😉

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    1. I'm the same with lectures, except they know for definite when we don't attend and I missed a few lectures in one module last semester and it really bit me on the ass - but I've recovered! Oh I know about that myth all too well, and I'm glad you liked the post!

      - Chloe
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  3. I soooo relate to this! I am no longer a student and I know exactly what you mean. I avoid partying as much as I can and I remember how I was always starting essays and revisions last minute. The job part is also true, especially when targeting a grad job since competition is so high. The student life has so many amazing aspects as well as some darker one. But overall, I had a great time! xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

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    1. Literally, we are the same person. I'm so similar to you in the aspect of everything you've said!

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  4. So true! Especially the first one. I'm so bad with procrastination : D

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    1. I know the feeling, I procrastinate so much but I feel like I'm kind of getting better for it? Or maybe not... We'll find out soon enough!

      - Chloe
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  5. "You'll get bored of partying" = BIG YUP! The novelty of clubbing wore off for me after the first week hahah, I've only been clubbing about 4 times in Oxford despite being a student here for nearly 4 years! I completely agree that uni is seriously hard work too, people shouldn't go in expecting a doss! Thanks for sharing this, girl! Another great post!

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    1. I've been out a few times across both years so far and I'm so bored of it now. I'd rather do other things, in all honesty! It's such a hard working hill when being a student, but it's so worth it! I'm so glad you really liked this post yet again, lovely!

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