Hello and welcome the fourth edition of Uni Week – 7 days of daily blogging all about University in prep for September!
Today I figured I’d do a bit of myth busting and list 5 of the most common myths about Uni and tell you how true they really are, based on my whole 1 year of Uni experience… Obviously, everybody’s University experience is different, so this could be different for you, but I figured hearing the opinion of someone who’s been there and done that is better than a random website, so here goes…
1) You Spend Freshers Week Drinking 24/7
Okay I won’t lie there definitely is an element of truth to this… You’ve all just been separated from your parents, you’re (most likely) in a new area, with new people that you don’t know and new clubs and there’s definitely a lot of drinking and partying used as a method of socialising. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to drink. I had friends who went through Freshers Week sober with no problems at all… the importance isn’t on the drinking, it’s all about getting out there and socialising. Don’t like clubbing? Just hang out for pre-drinks, or find out what calmer activities are going on during the day – there’s usually always something.
2) You Live Off of Ramen and Pasta
I mean… You definitely could but I didn’t and I know a whole lot of people who didn’t. Yes, ramen and pasta are really easy foods to cook and you definitely will eat a lot of them but there are a lot more easy “student meals” than you think (I might actually have a post coming up about them later this week…). I knew how to cook and planned my meals in advance (I wrote about that here), so I ate quite a variety of foods, but even if you don’t know how to cook, there are a great variety of “hacks” that make cooking easier (there’s a post coming up don’t you worry), so you can have some easy variety too!
3) You Will Gain a Tonne of Weight
Again, I could see why this would happen, carbs and fats are way cheaper than fruit and veg but I personally fluctuated weight (my weight goes up and down a lot) at the same rate I did pre-uni. Again, I think a lot of it is about balance and variety in what you eat and actually planning some meals every once in a while. I actually found that I snacked less at Uni because I never really buy snacks for myself, I only eat them when I know they’re in the house. I guess it could also happen because people don’t have the same activity level at Uni (dance clubs, extra-curriculars etc) but there are so many societies you could join at Uni, and I also found myself walking a lot more.
4) You are Left with Thousands of Pounds of Debt
Okay yes, we all know that Uni leaves you with debt, but student finance really isn’t as daunting as you think. Firstly, you never see the money, it’s taken out of your pay-cheque before you receive it, and all debt is cleared after 30 years. Furthermore, it doesn’t affect your credit score/mortgages (don’t worry, I checked), so as much as yes, it is a lot of money, it really isn’t as bad as it seems.
5) It’s all Just Sitting in Lectures
Although University on TV may seem all lectures but most courses aren’t like that. I can only really speak for humanities, but University tends to be a mix of lectures (someone at the front of a room just talking at you) and seminars (a typically smaller group in a smaller room where you’re encouraged to discuss things and expected to participate). You still get homework (in my case it’s usually just pre-reading but for some courses it’s general reports and things) and although it is more independent, you are still expected to participate.
And there you have it, a few Uni myths and my own experience of them. Of course, like I said, each course and Uni will be slightly different but I know quite a few of my friends that would have similar responses to these questions.
Do you agree/disagree with any of these? Tell me in the comments, and tune in for the rest of Uni week!
Lots of love,
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Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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