Sunday, 8 April 2012

20 Things I've Learned At University

Exactly: 20 none educational things I've learned during my first year of University

As my first year of studying Journalism at Huddersfield University is coming to an end, I decided to make a list of things I've learned... just because I want to. And that I wish I knew some of these before I had started... just so that I was prepared. Oh well... Maybe this can be useful to someone else :)

1) Avoid the 07:55 and 08:08 train from Leeds to Manchester Picadilly/Manchester Airport. You're not going to get a seat, but if you do, you're pretty damn lucky.

2) Make sure people get to know you for who you really are, or they could end up getting hurt and so will you. And eventually you're going to feel as if you're living a lie half of the time... and that will seriously fuck you up.

3) If you're a girl, make sure you have a guy friend with you to keep you company, especially at night. Preferably someone who either works out, or is a bit "chunky". And make sure this guy is someone trustworthy too. You know, girls gotta need some protection from wandering hobos.

4) You're going to find someone who is a lot like you. Believe it or not, you will. Even if you think that you have the most unique of interests, there is someone you will meet who will have incredibly similar interests to you. And then that person could end up being really close to you. Watch out!

5) No one really cares what you look like. Universities are really big, and everyone is there for the same purpose, to learn, not to judge what you look like. Unlike those high school days. And those that do care, are just caring for the wrong reasons. Mind them.

6) There are people of all ages and backgrounds that are studying there. And these people have their own ways and opinions of others; whether they're deep down racist, or liberal, or snobby as hell, or just not what you expected. Just don't get caught up in anything. Let people do/say/think what they want, after all, you're there to learn. If it really bugs you, do something about it, otherwise just keep your head down.

7) Don't leave work to the day before the deadline. Chances are, it's going to turn out shit and you wish you spent more time on it to get a better grade. But first year doesn't count, so don't stress too much. :P

8) Always carry an iPod USB wire and a phone charger with you in your bag at all times. You're going to NEED it.

9) Don't expect anything when you think about the day you're going to have at University. You know when you wake up in the morning, and you start thinking about your classes, and the things you're going to do in the day, and the people you're going to meet. Yeah... don't think about none of that. You're bound to do something different to what you did the day before, and it will be really unexpected. Expect the unexpected?

10) You're going to meet loads of people, get their Facebooks. You'll need it in the future.

11) Know what you want to do in life. There are a lot of people I know that are doing a degree for the sake of doing a degree (landing a good job really), yet it's not what they want to do... in fact, it's the complete opposite. Unless the degree is in some way related to what you want to do as a career... then maybe you should re-evaluate what degree you're doing. It's a couple years of your life where you are going to be working really hard, and there may be other people who wish they got on to the degree that you wish you wasn't studying.

12) Half of the time, Maryland cookies are £1 at Sainsbury's.... 69p cheaper than they are in the Huddersfield SU shop. Bargain.

13) (For the girls) Carry makeup in your bag, if you wear it. You're going to need it to touch up your face during the day. Otherwise you're going to look like a hot mess.

14) It won't hurt you to say "Oh, do you know where _____ building is?" or something like that. In fact, it will most likely be an icebreaker and lessen the tension. You know. Like when you meet someone for the first time and it's awkward, and you say something like Oh this weather is pretty crap, isn't it? Same thing. Which brings me to my next point...

15) The only thing that I'm going to mention which is related to my degree, is about going up to people you don't know, to interview them. Trust me, it's pretty scary going up to a random person and say "What makes you happy?" but it's not as bad as it seems. The first time I interviewed someone, I was so robotic... literally I just asked the question and that was it. Yet now, I just approach the person, introduce myself and ask if they mind being asked a couple of questions and then proceed. Really, it's as simple as that.

Keep in mind: Chances are, they could be just about as nervous as you are, so don't be shy.

And this goes for approaching people for the first time, just go up to them and start talking to them. It'll help your confidence.

16) The best trick to get someones number: Get your phone, go to Add New Contact. Pass them your phone. It's quick, simple and it avoids the whole "Ehh, how do you spell your name?" "Is this number right?".
Except, once I did this to one of my friends and he jokingly said "Is your phone broken? You want me to fix it?"

17) Don't eat at the dodgy fast food restaurants (except McDonalds and KFC). Chances are, you will get food poisoning.

18) The cash machine outide the library is the only one on campus that disposes £5 notes.

19) Download games on your phone / iPod Touch... for those boring lectures... Er, I mean.... all of the free time you have... yeah. E.g Angry birds, Temple Run, Draw Something. You will need it to help pass time.

20) Last but not least, people will end up judging you whatever you do, so don't stop what you're doing.

~ xoxo

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