Sunday, 21 December 2014

What I've Learnt From The First Term of Uni

First term at university done! Crazy times. I thought I'd just put a little post together to tell you just a few things that I've learnt from my time at uni so far. I may not have masses of experience, but I've certainly learnt a lot during the last 12 weeks. 

1. Freshers flu is inevitable 
When I went to uni, I was determined that if I took vitamins and ate lots of fruit I would manage to avoid the infamous 'freshers flu'. No chance. Every person I met at uni in the first two weeks had freshers flu, with all the new germs and bacteria floating around from all over the country (and world) your body will become ill to become immune to all the nasties. Deal with the fact you will get it. 

2. Get involved and you will meet some amazing people
I was worried about meeting new people and finding friends at uni, but I'm so happy I joined so many societies. Some of my friends I've met through being in the uni choir and being part of the badminton society. Societies are a great way to meet similar people to you as well as introduce you to a range of different people without clinging to your flatmates. 

3. Don't let people change you, but at the same time discover who you are
Since being at uni I feel like I've discovered a bit more about myself. I've definitely become more confident, going to societies on my own for the first time forces you to throw yourself in at the deep end and talk to people you've never met before. I'm not a big drinker, and I'd like to think I've not lost that part of me. But at the same time I've learnt to enjoy going out more, and it doesn't stress me out as much nowadays. 

4. Southern people have a lot of slang words which take a while to understand 
Even though I was born down south, I moved up north when I was 5. This means I am not overly used to the many different amusing words and phrases which I've been exposed to in the last term. Although you may look silly not knowing what they mean at first, they'll soon become normal to you (even though they might still be a bit strange!). Just to name a few; 'peak' 'butters' 'kekkers'...

5. Evernote is the best app for note taking in lectures 
I started off taking paper based notes, however I've since changed to using Evernote to take notes in lectures electronically and writing them up as part of revision later. You can import powerpoints and then make notes underneath so everything is all in one place. Another bonus of the app is that you can create notebooks, which helps keep different subjects/topics in separate places along with their relevant notes. Also, it's free - what is there not to love?! 

It has definitely been one of the fastest, biggest, most amazing 12 weeks of my life. I hope this post was some-what interesting, I thought it might be nice for those who are anxiously checking their UCAS applications or those who want to relive some first year first term uni memories. The first term may be over, but boy am I excited about the rest to come! 

Have you started uni/been/applying? 



  1. Wish I had known about Evernote when I was at University. I did a triple major in English, Linguistics and History, and especially for History and Linguistics, Evernote would have come in soooo handy. Actually, English too...especially when you're doing thesis work and you have so much crap lying around - notes and highlighted text and photocopies...

    Goodluck with your studies! It was my favourite time ever. I met some of my best friends there, and grew and changed a lot.

  2. Woo! Glad you had such a good first semester, it sounds lovely. I used one note for all of uni, as I didn't even have a smart phone back then (wow that makes me sound old but I swear it was only 3 years ago) and it was so useful. I still have all my notes beautifully organised and easily searchable. It is ideal! x

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  3. Glad you're enjoying uni - I'm out on placement this year and missing it so much! Evernote sounds great, I wish I could make use of it but I'm guessing a maths degree would be difficult without making paper notes! x

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  4. Aww this post brings back some memories! These are all fab tips - enjoy the Christmas break :) xx

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  5. Great tips, I'm just in my final year so freshers week feels like a million moons ago! xo


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