Thursday, 28 December 2017

HOW HAVE I FOUND MY FIRST TERM AT UNI?


I knew that moving to university was going to be a challenge and I certainly wasn't wrong. Despite this it has been a challenge that I have enjoyed and I feel like I have really improved my social skills massively from this experience. 

One of the biggest thing about moving to uni is living with a group of people you know absolutely nothing about. I have been lucky enough to really click with some of my flat mates and I feel as though, as a flat, we all get along really well and they are such lovely people, but there is no doubt we've had our fair share of arguments about milk, noise and all sorts of nonsense haha. Adapting to living with people is difficult. When your at home you know the people you live with inside out, you know what not to say and you know how to interact with people. The best advice I can give in terms of getting along with people in your flat, is to just accept people for who they are, don't try and change them (because its their uni experience, just as much as it is yours) and PICK YOUR BATTLES WISELY. 

I have definitely become a lot more independent since coming to university. Learning to cook and clean and everything else is a bit of a challenge. Its so funny how quickly things change. Back in my first few days of uni, I would wash everyones pots just so that people would like me and think I was a nice person, since then I have been on bin strike, pre-drinks clean up strike and I can't remember the last time I washed a dish that wasn't my own haha. It takes a while to settle in and its a lot easier if you are yourself from the beginning. There is not point trying to be anyone else because you are LIVING with these people so you may as well let them know who you are from the get go, because they are going to soon figure it out.  

Making friends outside your course is not as easy as I thought it would be. I did a little research before attending uni, and everyones advice was to join a society. I did join one but if I'm honest I've really struggled to find time to attend many events. Balancing life at uni isn't easy. At first, on my course I found it to be quite isolating. I felt that 90% of the people were so stand off-ish and didn't really want to make any friends. I soon realised that the reason I felt this way was because I was so guarded myself. As soon as I let my initial guard down I made friends quite easily. 

Speaking of my course, I feel as though people don't understand it. I study Fashion Communication and Promotion and its actually a lot more work than even I anticipated. I think people see the word 'fashion' in a degree course and think that I will just be taking photographs and writing bitchy articles on peoples outfits. Thats not what my course is about.  Balancing all of the work set by my tutors, attending lectures and seminars, keeping up to date on a blog and continuously updating a sketchbook is a HUGE challenge. So it can be quite irritating when people see the course as less than others because I may not have to attend uni as much. 

Overall I have really enjoyed my first term at uni and I can't wait to go back in the new year. 

THANK YOU 

CLAYTON EVANS
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