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10 things you need to do BEFORE starting uni

By bzdani 10 Jul 2019

University is just around the corner, and while you may be focused on getting prepared for your next adventure, you may want to take a minute...

Before you leave the nest and get all excited for A-level results day, here are 10 things you need to do this summer before starting university: 

1. Spend time with family

Spending quality time with the ones you love is crucial before you move out, so take some time out to arrange a trip to the seaside, or simply gather round the kitchen table to play a heated game of Monopoly.

2. Meet up with friends

Many of your friends are bound to be in the same situation as you, so make sure you meet up with them and make some amazing memories you can all look back on and smile. 

3. Snuggle with your pet

Unfortunately, you can't take your dog to uni so please don't try to smuggle them in your suitcase! Just think about how excited they will be when you come home at the weekend with your dirty washing, their tail wagging like crazy (unless you have a pet turtle, I don't know how turtles show excitement).

4. Pursue your hobbies

Whatever your hobby is, use this opportunity to spend time doing what makes you happy. Whether it's gaming, swimming, or knitting: enjoy what you love most before you delve into #universitylife. Before you know it, you'll be too busy spending time with your flatmates and focusing on your course.

5. Get creative in the kitchen

Become head chef of the house for a few nights each week to save your family the burden of cooking - make them proud (and hopefully not unwell) and embrace the opportunity to practice burning pasta now to save you from the embarrassment and frustration later on.

6. Print out some pictures

Having bare walls in halls is bland and boring, so make the place your own by printing out pictures of all your best memories to look upon when you feel homesick. Remember to check WLV's policy on sticking stuff on the walls, though! 

7. Save money

Being an adult means budgeting your money to make it last, and you will soon discover that it's tricky to live off of your student loan for the whole of first term. Saving money now means you won't have to worry about splashing the cash in Freshers' Week, and it will give you extra money to spend on yourself, especially if you have your heart set on a pair of expensive trainers...

8. Read

Regardless of whether it's on your reading list or not, losing yourself in a good book is a brilliant way to chill out and enjoy your free time. If you choose to make a start on your reading list, you'll be prepared for any obstacle your course may bring in the first few weeks at university.

9. Look forward to the future

As scary as university may seem, it's an exciting opportunity to meet amazing new people and make unforgettable memories. Live in the moment and each day like it's your last - time flies when you're having fun!

Remember, your family will always be right behind you, supporting every step you take to becoming an independent adult - just don't spend all their money on takeaways...