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For most people, the decision to go to university is one of the best they ever make. Of course, it’s nerve-wracking and incredibly stressful, but it also helps to mould you into a more mature and responsible person, as well as allows you to pursue your dreams. To make the transition a little easier on you, it’s important that you’re ready for what’s to come. With that in mind, here are six ways that you can prepare to start your life at university.
- Learn To Cook Real Food
The lack of knowledge most students have in the kitchen may be a running joke, but it can cause some serious damage to your bank balance and your health. For this reason, you need to ditch the takeaways and ready meals and ask someone to show you around the kitchen before you head off. You may not be a natural cook at first, but knowing some basic cooking skills will help.
- Set A Realistic Student Budget
With tuition, accommodation, food, and anything else you need to pay for, money is a massive source of stress for students, but managing yours well can significantly reduce your worries. With that in mind, you should come up with a realistic student budget and do your best to stick to it. You should also find ways to save money and make the most of your student discounts.
- Make Sure Everything Is Organised
As soon as you know that you’re going to university, you need to get organised and sort out your accommodation. You may also need to apply for loans and scholarships to cover your fees. Unless you have them already, you may also need to go shopping and buy equipment, like pens and notepads, as well as kitchen items and things for your new bedroom.
- Spend Time With Loved Ones
Heading off to university means that you may not get to see those you love for quite some time. For this reason, you should spend as much time with your loved ones as you can before you go. You may even want to look at school formal venues and celebrate one last time with all of your classmates. Don’t forget to also call around to see all of your family.
- Speak To Your Course Mates
Thanks to social media, it’s easier than ever to connect with those on your course and in your accommodation before you arrive for the new school year. Doing this can make the transition to university a lot easier, as you’ve already got introductions and awkward first conversations out the way. This means that you’ll arrive surrounded by people you’re actually comfortable with.
- Get Ahead With Your Reading
Most courses have some reading that needs to be done, but, if your subject is more text-based, like law or English, then you’ll have a lot to be getting on with. To manage your workload and make your first few weeks less stressful, you should try to get some of this reading out of the way before you start the semester. Most courses will email you a list of texts for this reason.
Starting university can be scary, but, with the advice above, you can make the transition a little smoother.