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Midwifery tips

Second year Midwifery student, Alison, gives her top 10 tips to prepare for university life.

So you’ve finished your exams, and results season is almost upon you. Hopefully you are enjoying your summer with a bit of sun, sea and shameless selfies. Alas you have started to fret about how will you settle in at uni? Will you be able to conjure up any dish not involving toast and beans? Will you like any of the people you live with? Fret no more. Here are a basic Top 10 Tips to prepare yourself for uni life:

1. Too Many Lists, Too Many Many Lists…

…said no one ever. Lists, whether written or mental, are going to be your best friend. You’ll have to choose what to take to university – does your childhood teddy bear wish to embark upon this journey with you? Will the kitchen sink fit in the car? This is the time to be selective. You will need essentials yes e.g. plates, cutlery, bedding etc, and a few extras to make your new room your home for the next year e.g. pictures, plush toys, a letter from your parents – you decide. But decide well, because you will only accumulate more things during the year – and your car will not expand to accommodate them.

2. Three Little Words…

….Student Bank Account. Whether you want or need an overdraft, a student bank account is most definitely a must. With interest free overdrafts and various perks, such as a 4 year rail card, absolutely free, it’s definitely the way to go. Be careful to not overdo it though, the money, the power can be tempting…I know.

3. Serial Stalker…

….Join all of the Facebook groups. All of them (granted… you may be the one to create them). Want to know who else will be studying the same subject as you and in your year? There’s a group for that. Want to know who will be living in your dorms? There’s a group for that. Want to find out what events will be happening during Freshers’ Week? Hold and behold…there’s about 10 groups for that. Yes you will be spammed with multiple notifications daily…but totes worth it. So stalk away!

4. Prepare Yourselves…

….for the most fancy dress parties and socials you will ever have ever (particularly popular amongst the sporting clubs). I mean don’t go crazy just yet, buying tutus and onesies, but do mentally prepare yourself. It is an experience to be had. Look up on City's website what clubs are available and once again…hit ’em up on Facebook. If you’re like me…feel free to plan a few standard outfits prior to departure…your old school tie will always be needed.

5. Make Gordon Ramsay Proud…

….good luck. Now is the perfect time to practice your cooking….whilst you’re still living with your rents and not forced to have to eat whatever atrocity you have managed to burn this time. There are many student cook books out there, and I can guarantee, the second you are accepted into uni – someone, somewhere will gift you one. It’s the done thing. Along with a wooden spoon, cause you know…you can never have too many of those…(you can). If you are already a little MasterChef then well done you — but remember  – practice makes perfect, so what’s the harm?

6. Message In A Bottle…

….or on paper. Much more practical. Many of you will have a best buddy back home you will not be able to bare the thought of leaving behind. With technology and Facetime and the works you most definitely won’t have to. But what’s to say you won’t want to send them a little care package for their own uni/life experience. Or an old style handwritten letter. Now is the time to collate all of the addresses and phone numbers of those you do not want to leave behind — although you’ll bump into them daily on your Timeline or Twitter or Instagram…I’m sure. But just in case.

7. Check Yourself…

…before you wreck yourself. Or rather – do not spend the first instalment of your loan buying mountains of textbooks that will reside in a corner of your room gathering dust for the next 3 years. They are expensive. Saying that — I most definitely recommend investing in a couple of the core texts if you must — but remember – books become easily outdated, the university has a wonderful library and half of the research you will be using in your essays will most probably come from on-line, up to date journals. So by all means, buy the core ones, but for the love of sweet baby Moses, do not go overboard.

8. Be a Budget Budgie…

…no idea what that is but it sounded good. It is never too early to start budgeting a little. You know how much money you’ll be receiving in terms of loans, grants, bursaries etc. Similarly, you’ll know how much your rent is going to cost. So count, take that into account and plan a little budget of how much money you could spend on foods (love foods) and how much money you’ll have for disposable income  to join clubs, go out, eat out, buy those new shoes etc etc.

9. Be Your Own Boss…

….well kinda. Look into student jobs, the uni offers it’s own student job service – Unitemps. With a website easily accessible on-line and a desk manned with very helpful staff on campus…if you’re in the market for a student job, they are most definitely there to help you out! There are many jobs to choose from and they are all flexible enough to work around your studies and social life – so totes worth a glance if you think you’d like a bit of extra moneys.

10. Chill Out…

…..and enjoy your summer break!!! Be fresh and rested by the time Freshers’ week rolls around, and trust me it’ll be here before you know it! So just relax and enjoy it! Uni will most probably be one of the best experiences of your life!

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