Seven cool things you'll learn in your first year of uni

March 21, 2017
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These are not exactly things to put on your resume, but are still some cool skills that you will pick up along the awesome ride that is #unilyf!

Naps are essential

Studies show that a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance. A power nap can really do you some good when you feel your eyes getting heavy at your laptop. But be sure to set an alarm so you don’t wake up seven hours later with dried up drool on your face wondering what day it is. But that has never happened to me. *cough*

How to use the discounts to your advantage

Student discounts will influence the places you shop for food, clothes and even where you get your coffee. A measly five per cent off is enough to attract the cheapest of skates and as a uni student, you’re now one of them! The sooner you figure out the bargains and discounts, the sooner your #unilyfe begins.

How to get through a morning lecture hungover

Another thing you’ll learn in your first year is that your weekend doesn’t necessarily start on the Friday. You’re an adult god dammit and if you want to head to the uni tav after class on a Wednesday and drink to your heart’s content, then there is absolutely nothing stopping you! Except for that 8am morning lecture. Shit.

Learning to successfully sit through a class with a killer hangover is a worthy life skill that you probs won’t put on your resume, but you’ll definitely need in the future!

How to get an assignment done the night before

If you are the type of person that is super organised and actually gets assignments done before the due date, I salute you! In my opinion, I’d rather do my assignment the day before rather than spending the weeks leading up to the due date chipping away at it bit by bit and prologuing the torture. But then again, that’s my lazy, messed up, never-learn-from-my-mistakes way of dealing with things. But hey, everyone is different!

How to battle procrastination

Ahh, my old foe. Procrastination is the most deadly of sins that all students commit at one time in their degree. You fall into the never ending abyss of YouTube videos and dank memes, and before you know it it’s too late to pull yourself out. It’s always hard to avoid distractions when you have an ever increasing pile of assignments, but save yourself the regret and turn off your phone! (And Netflix!)

How to budget your money

Living the uni life is great, but unfortunately it also means living the broke life. You’ll learn to limit yourself to one coffee a week, (you scoff now, but the day will come) you’ll probably want to cancel your gym membership and do it from home, and you’ll realise that uni food is delicious, but leaves your wallet empty. Budgeting is a huge part of uni life and is also a handy skill to learn for the future.

It’s OK to wear the same outfit numerous times

After pulling numerous all-nighters, who’s got time to pick a different outfit each day? The great thing about uni is no one will judge you for wearing the shirt you slept in to class or the same smelly jeans you’ve worn three times this week. Just remember to wear deodorant, OK?

Sophie Nicolas

Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and is an aspiring writer, dog enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon.

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