Keep your workload under control
Kaylie Knowles went to Nottingham Trent University and then completed the PGCE at Derby University. Kaylie says it is critical to say on top of your workload.
She said she did just fine at Trent on her undergrad work, but that at Derby her final year was very stressful and led to four to five meltdowns throughout the year.
Kaylie advises students to prioritise their workloads and be sure to take breaks whenever their workload starts to feel like it is too much.
Make a weekly budget
Mary O’Connell went to York University where she studied English literature and then to King’s College London where she earned an MA in Film Studies. She recommends that you set a weekly budget for yourself.
Mary warns to not spend all of your money during Freshers Week. She said if you have worked before going to uni you might not have had a lot of money in your account in the past. But you do need to be sensible about it since it is still a loan.
Back your work up
Peter Rogers graduated last year from York University. He reminds us that backing your work up in more than one place is a very good idea.
He says that they had Gmail accounts at his university, so he saved everything to Google Drive, so all of his work was stored inside the cloud.
He advises people to make sure that different versions of work are saved as they work. Student storage.
Make the most out of your first year
Another thing that Peer points out is that the first year is often a bit lighter academically compared to subsequent years. Therefore, you should make sure to enjoy it.
He suggests that if your first year is not counted as part of your overall grade, that you make the most out of that freedom that is available to you.
Peter says he looks back and wishes he had done less work (no one asks what his first-year grades were) and spent more time hanging out with his friends and participating in sports and other activities.
The academic side is obviously important, he ways, but things really amp during the second and third year.
Be choosy about your friends
Emmeke Megannety, who is in her second year studying journalism at Nottingham Trent University, points out that it is worthwhile to take your time when searching for good friends.
She says that people need to remember that when they are first starting uni that the people that you meet during your first week are not necessarily going to be lifelong friends.
Watch out for people
Unfortunately, many students suffer from various mental health problems like anxiety and depression. According to recent statistics, in 2016, 146 students took their lives.
According to Peter, it is very important to keep a close eye on pers and ask them searching questions.
He says he was and continues to be surprised on a regular basis by how many people act and look fine outwardly but in reality, are really struggling.
The key is to speak with them directly, especially men. If someone asked me how I was feeling I would probably just give a generic answer to avoid the question.
However, I may be tempted to give a more honest answer if a friend of mine asked me what my mental health had been affected by.