Going to university is very much stepping into the unknown for many students, and there are all sorts of stories and myths (some good, some bad) thrown around about what university life is like. However, here is the truth about some of those myths to give you an insight into what university life is really like…
Myth #1 – You won’t actually do any work
A lot of students think that going to university is an excuse to simply go out all night and sleep all day, and whilst there are times when that may be true, you’re also there to study and learn. A good mantra to live by is that the more you put in, the more you get out; so if you don’t do any work, you won’t come out with anything at the end of it. There will be plenty of work to keep you going; don’t worry about that!
Myth #2 – It’s all work, work, work
Now we’ll take a look at the other side of the coin. There are also students who believe that university is nothing but a slog to get through all their work and they don’t have any time for anything else. This is nonsense. Some courses are more intensive than others, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have time to enjoy yourself. You shouldn’t put undue pressure on yourself, and if you allow yourself time to relax, then your work will likely improve as well.
Myth #3 – Student accommodation is horrible
A lot of the time, student accommodation is what you make of it. Some accommodation may be less than glamorous, but that doesn’t mean it’s all like that! Those are some pretty fancy apartments, and a world away from the stereotypical accommodation you probably had in mind. Even if your place isn’t the nicest in the world, you can dress it up how you want it to make it feel like home.
Myth #4 – You’ll struggle to afford to eat
The student stereotype is that they can barely afford to eat, but that’s simply not the case. You’ll get plenty of financial support from your local authorities, and then there’s plenty else you can do to ensure you don’t need to skimp on groceries. If possible then you could get a part-time job, such as working in a bar, to supplement your income, and then there are plenty of money-saving tips. Plenty of places offer student discount, whilst if you shop around a bit, you can get some great bargains on food. Cook large meals that you can freeze and reheat, or plan your meals for the week in advance so you know exactly what you’re buying and don’t waste money on unneeded items. This is something you really shouldn’t worry about.
Myth #5 –You won’t make any friends
Moving away from home and leaving friends behind is a scary prospect, and some believe that they won’t make new friends when they get to university. The fact of the matter is that you will make friends, because you have to. You’re thrown together with people you don’t know and that can be unnerving but you’ll find a solid group of friends within a matter of days. There are people you live with, people on your course, those at the same clubs you’ve joined, and all of those people have their own circle of friends. In no time at all, you’ll have more friends than you know what to do with!