All uni students have their own way of dealing with being away from home. Most Freshers don’t have a routine, and will only get one in third year (when it counts). Skipping seminars to go food shopping is actually a very common occurrence.
Good Morning Starshine!
What’s a morning? Most students I know spent the whole first year waking at lunch time… or later. So any routine or breakfast a Fresher once enjoyed, will most likely be skipped. This means many will suffer acne they’d thought they grown out of. These late mornings are caused by the unpredictability of new Uni friends and an unwillingness to miss anything out. They also sleep right through their murderous hangovers, if they’re lucky.
Third year students are considered the ‘old people’ of the university. They have become so used to drinking a hangover barely affects them and they’ll wake up the next morning fresh as a daisy. But many I know (myself included) give up alcohol all together. They start their morning routines back up and truly begin to find themselves and their lasting friends. Their mornings usually include a cleansing ritual to fix all those horrible mistakes of the last two years. And they actually eat breakfast! (I like crumpets found for £1.00 on the discount basket.)
Ferris Bueller? I Think Not!
At £9000 a year, you’d think that most students would go to their seminars and lectures. Well, my first two years proved that no one wanted to. Most skip out with no excuses and still pass their exams with a quick explore of the internet and a skim through a book. It only takes one person of a friendship circle going to one, for all of them to have the notes.
Third year is the one everyone puts their money’s worth in… except for that one friend who decides they hate the tutor. Most third years will put themselves through hell and allow other people to catch their illnesses, for fear of missing a seminar or lecture. This means they do not get better fast and keep illness in circulation.
My advice is to go to every seminar and lecture you can, so that when you are ill you can stay at home. Deadly diseases are more common at University than anywhere else. Get your vaccines and think of other people when you get ill. If you’re going to be choking through a lecture and neither you nor fellow students can hear, no one’s learning anything.
Throughout a student’s time at uni, they will have various lunches and midday events that all depend on when their loans came in and whether their friends decided to walk the three miles to their nearest McDonalds. (This excludes the ‘waking at dinner’ Freshers.)
Subway and Starbucks are the choices of the wealthier student, and local shop for the poorer ones. I must admit, I am guilty of having a Subway and Starbucks combo quite a few times this month alone. I know, I know, not healthy on my body or wallet, but I can’t get enough.
My advice is to cut down on the junk food and try make lunch at home as much as possible. That way your money lasts the whole semester. But it is okay to treat yourself once in a while to a Frappuccino.
The Society, or Cult?
Societies are the gateway to new friends and experiences. Most people will try something in Freshers, but never join. It is only in second year they’ll actually spend the money to get membership. And when they do, they spend big. They will likely buy everything to do with it, such as a hoodie, jogging bottoms, bag and poloshirt. Wear them all at once and you look a little suspect.
They will go to every social and every trip, enter every competition. This is where friends split. One will become truly invested in the society, while the other thought they’d just be having fun with their new hobby. Expectations are crushed and suddenly all that money spent wasn’t worth it.
By third year, you find your real society. The one you only joined once in a while because they’re your course society. Though you may not drink much, you don’t need to to be able to hold a conversation on a night out. Because this is your course society, you have lots in common with the people there, and typically similar loves.
It’s very hit and miss finding a society, but it’s university so there is lots of room for trial and error.
For Freshers, there is no bed time. You go to bed whenever you feel like it, even if it’s a midnight nap before heading to the club. This actually harbours dangers of the mental health kind. Tiredness causes stress, hallucinations (in extreme cases) and incubates anxiety issues. It also stops people from being able to cook or do daily tasks, so they resort to ordering food in and a vicious cycle occurs.
Second year people start sleeping better because the need to impress has faded. They become more nocturnal than sleepless and enjoy an unhealthy routine. But hey, a routine’s a routine for them.
Third year, you’re back to your GCSE routine. My personal GCSE bedtime was pretty late, at about midnight to three in the morning. However for others, theirs was a decent time of ten to midnight.
Remember, sleep is one of the most important human necessities and should never be replaced. My advice to you is to try and sleep at night, regardless of whether your housemate wants to go to the 24hr shop at midnight. Give yourself a bed time for different days. Party night bed time can be four in the morning, with a midday wakeup (as long as you have nothing in the morning). Then pick a bedtime like that.
Remember, University is supposed to be the greatest three years of your life. You will meet friends and do things you never dreamed of. Keeping a routine will allow you to truly appreciate the £9000 a year gift you’ve been given. Do you have any advice for Uni students?