Five things that don’t change when you leave high school and start uni

January 16, 2017
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Warning: reading this may ruin your super groovy dreams of having a Legally Blonde-esqe or Monster University experience of a very exciting first year of university. But on a lighter note, you’ll still have loads of fun and minimal stress-induced breakdowns*.


So if you dare, keep reading for five things that won’t be so different when you finally start university.

Having all your future career problems figured out

Unless you’re in the minority that have their life together, starting uni unfortunately doesn’t mean having all the answers. Even though you’ve chosen a specific course, there is a chance you might end up transferring, deferring or dropping out of university altogether. Uni isn’t for everyone and the course you’ve chosen might not be right for you either. So if you do find yourself questioning everything within your first semester, just know you do have other options.

The first year of uni is still a struggle

Even though nothing could seem as hellish as year 12, the first year of uni is still a struggle and a half. On top of trying to adjust to a completely different learning style and having exams twice a year, your first year is filled with the emotional crap adventures of ‘change’, and finding out who you really are etc. But in saying that, it still is a rollercoaster you have to experience.

He said, she said, you said and so on

For the most part, or for at least some time of the year, uni is a more mature environment. But that doesn’t mean the gossip isn’t going to be saucy AF. It really is just human nature, particularly when you run into an old high-school friend you haven’t seen for a while and “catch up”. Although this will most likely consist of going through iconic moments of year 12 and having your very own special, “where are they now” Facebook stalking segment.

Awkward relationships and dealing with feelings

“I feel like I’m in high school again,” will often trend the moment you indulge yourself in some good ol’ social politics. This includes waiting the same amount of time it took your potential bae to reply or screenshotting every bit of your conversation to send to a friend for proper analysis. “Tagging each other in memes” flirting also qualifies and will make you cringe as you send yourself right back to that squirmy fifteen-year-old who you vowed would never make an awkward come back. But alas there you are, questioning why anyone thought creating a “seen” option on Messenger was ever a good idea.

Cos I’m just a Teenage Dirtbag baby

Even though you might have a car, live out of home, and have a casual job that pays real well, you are unfortunately still a teenager. And just like all throughout high school, you’re still going to be treated as one except worse ‘cos now you have an actual nickname. It varies between a simple “first year”, to “jaffy” (Just Another Fucking First Year), or even “fresher”. It’s all just part of the experience though, as is everything else in your schooling life.

Steffanie Tan

Steffanie is studying a Bachelor of Journalism at Monash University and is horrible at bios and that is all that needs to be said.

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