7 things that the first 7 days of university taught me

Sep 22, 2015

I did it! I got through the first seven days of university without dying from starvation or breaking my leg whilst drunk. Personally, I class that as a huge success and think I deserve some kind of medal. Or at least some 10p noodles from Tesco. Despite its successes, Fresher’s Week has also been a serious learning curve. I was slapped into reality with some lessons that I will find hard to forget anytime soon.

1. The importance of cooking before you’re hungry 

For the first 6 days of my university life I started cooking dinner when pangs of hunger had already kicked in. Rookie mistake. 45 minutes later and waiting for my Mexican chilli to cook through, I’d basically be chewing on the table top whilst feeling like I was genuinely going to faint from malnourishment. It was so much easier when Mummy scheduled my eating times for me.

2. That I have way too much stuff 

When it’s 10pm on your first night and you’re still trying to cram things into your wardrobe, you have to question whether you really do “need” three leather jackets. Or 7 pretty notepads.

3. That I can survive without my parents being in the same house as me

After 18 years of having them always by side I didn’t know whether this was actually humanly possible. I had no idea that my late night conversations with Dad and that Mum’s Thai green curry cooking skills weren’t absolutely crucial for my survival. Plus, I really didn’t know how I would cope with doing everything for myself. But here I am.

4. The wonder that is FaceTime 

Without FaceTime there’s a strong possibility that I would’ve spent a lot of my first week crying and feeling sorry for myself in my bedroom. I still miss my boyfriend a huge amount, but being able to talk to him and see his face before I go to sleep every night has made it a hell of a lot easier. Thank God for modern technology is all I can say.

5. How important it is to always have a pot noodle in your cupboard 

Feeling lazy? Pot Noodle. Just got in from a night out? Pot Noodle. Missing home? Pot Noodle. Listen, I’m all for cocoa nibs and quinoa being stocked in my cupboard, but sometimes a girl just has to eat salty carbs.

6. That I’m probably the world’s worst Fresher 

I actually spent a lot of time deciding whether to go out to clubs or stay at home and blog from my bed. It was a case of prioritising between my desire to snuggle and the fact that I should probably socialise. Somehow, socialising almost always won (even if I didn’t want it too) but I have no shame in saying that I sold my ticket for Sunday’s event in favour of a cosy night in.

7. To never turn down free food 

Never. Even if you’re not hungry. Any good student will know to jump at the opportunity not to cook for themselves and save money at the same time. If you can make two trips consecutively – Do that too.

  1. Katelyn McPhee

    September 23rd, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I'm going through the same things as you- I've also had to learn these things (although I'm on week 3 of college in Canada haha). My phone has been my life saver throughout all this. Being able to Skype my family and call anyone whenever I need is such a blessing. Best of luck darling!

  2. BethanyAustin

    September 26th, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I hope it's all going well for you over in Canada and best of luck with your studies! I'm so happy I was born when I was and don't have to deal with waiting for letter haha. Thanks for reading my lovely. xx

  3. Alice Young

    September 25th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    It sounds like you're having a good time at uni so far, I'm so jealous, I graduated in July and I miss it so much! I basically agree with all of these too! Good luck with your course!The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  4. BethanyAustin

    September 26th, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I really am, it's amazing! Everyone has told me that it's the best 3 years ever so I'm trying to embrace it while it lasts! Thanks for reading Alice xx

  5. Samantha Betteridge

    September 25th, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Haha I agree with all of these! I've just finished uni so this makes me very nostalgic and wanting to go back xxSam // Samantha Betteridge

  6. BethanyAustin

    September 26th, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I think literally everybody learns these lessons hard and fast after starting uni haha! Thanks for reading love! xx

  7. Hannah Walter

    September 26th, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I have just finished my degree, and this post made me so incredibly jealous. Well done for surviving your first week, enjoy the rest of the year – I'm sure you will have a great time. The best advice I can give you (kinda in relation to point 6) is do what you want to do – I didn't go out once in freshers, and although I did party a lot in first year, I didn't fancy it after that and that is totally OK – sometimes I think there is pressure to have a party lifestyle at uni, and thats OK but if you wanna stay in, you go girl! I'm so jealous of you! :)Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  8. BethanyAustin

    September 26th, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    It's nice to hear that not everyone wants to go out all of the time, because that's sort of what it feels like at the moment! But yes, I'm trying to stick to my guns and not feel pressured if I want a nice night in. Thank you for reading Hannah! xx


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