7 things you didn’t realise university taught you about life

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Most of the time when you go to university, you are moving away from your family, friends and your home. You have to adapt to your new lifestyle quite quickly while juggling other things such as making new friends, attending lectures and doing coursework.

You think of assignments and lectures when you think about a university, but nobody tells you about the real life lessons you learn during your time at university. I wish someone had created a list for me. A list of the things I would learn about life while I worked hard for three years to get my degree.

So, I’m going to make one for you now. You will learn the following…

Who your true friends are

During my time at university, I made a lot of friends and lost a few along the way. It’s easy to fall into a trap and become friends with everyone when you move away from home but you soon recognise who your real friends are.

I’ve graduated realising that half of the people I met at uni, I will probably never see again. Of course, I did meet some amazing friends there but not everyone you make a connection with in your first year will be in your life once you graduate.

How to get things done

Although you discovered that you put the “pro” in procrastination, you also learnt that it’s a bad idea to leave things until the last-minute (but usually proceed to do it anyway.) When deadlines were looming in your first year, you spent many nights at your desk surrounded by empty cans of energy drinks while you typed frantically to get your assignment finished on time. By the end of your third year, you realised that starting things earlier works out in your favour.

You are good enough

Before I went to uni, I constantly doubted myself and put myself down about things that I shouldn’t have. I still do this a little, but not half as much as I used to! When you work hard and receive good results, it makes you realise that you are good enough and you can do anything if you put your mind to it!

How to have a better relationship with money

Dealing with your finances while you’re at uni is probably one of the hardest things. There are times when you are eating nothing but 50p noodles because you have £2.73 to your name. Your rent and social life rinse your bank account so as soon as you leave uni and get a job, you appreciate the money coming in so much more and you teach yourself how to budget better.


I’m telling you now, discovering the power of naps at university was a godsend for me. If you’re feeling sluggish – have a nap. If you’re missing home – have a nap. If your workload is overwhelming – have a nap. Having a 30-minute power nap can honestly solve anything and I highly recommend you take this advice on board!

You learn your limits

You learn how much alcohol your body can take before your head is down the toilet for the rest of your night. This is an important lesson for us all because it prevents us from embarrassing ourselves at future staff Christmas parties!

Everything works out in the end

Life at university can be full of panic, drama and regret but you also have a lot of fun. You meet so many amazing people and you learn about different cultures and more importantly, you discover things about yourself. You gain a lot of patience and strength and you learn that there’s ALWAYS a light at the end of the tunnel in any situation.




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