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6 Tips For Getting Back On Track After Freshers

Going to uni is a brilliantly fun and new experience but it can be quite hard to knuckle down and actually do some work after the fun of freshers week. Unfortunately, studying is the real reason you’re there so these are my top tips for freshers to help you get into a good university routine after freshers week.

I definitely got swept up in all the freshers hype and didn’t do as much work as I should’ve done in first year. Luckily, my first year exams didn’t count towards my final degree grade, but that’s not the case for a lot of people. These grades will be on your transcript forever even if they don’t contribute to your overall degree so you still want to get a decent grade after year one.

It can be hard trying to find a balance between your social and academic life when you’re surrounded by so many exciting things but it is so so important to get yourself into good habits early on as they’ll make your life much easier when it comes to crunch time.

So without further ado, here are my top tips for freshers and how to get back on track after partying hard:

1.  Sleep!

A seriously underrated activity at university. At night time anyway. When I first got to university I think I got the least amount of sleep that I’ve ever had in my life. After numerous nights out in a row and (fairly) early rises for meetings and activities that don’t involve alcohol (yes, they do have some of those too), suffice to say most people are pretty knackered after freshers week.

SO SLEEP!

If you don’t let yourself catch up on sleep you’ll only find yourself getting more and more tired as the term drags on and this will start to affect both your academic and social life. I learnt to power nap at university and they’re literally the best thing ever. A one and a half hour nap before dinner is all you need to perk yourself up and getting ready to go out on the town (again).

2. Buy a Diary

The most simple idea and yet this can be so helpful for figuring your life out at uni! You’ve probably signed up to loads of different societies already so it’s a good idea to note down when all of your social activities are, when your lectures and classes are, and when your deadlines are.

It doesn’t have to be a physical diary, it could be an app on your phone or an online calendar. I really like the app Microsoft To Do (formerly Wunderlist) as you can create lots of different lists for different assignments or subjects and mark out which things are a priority.

3. Don’t Forget Your Old Friends

Of course you’re going to making lots of new friends and meeting new people all the time at university, but don’t forget to check in now and again with your old school friends and your family.

Your friends are probably going through the exact same thing that you are and it can be nice to share nice/funny/horror stories from your first week at uni with the people that you’re closest too!

If you’re feeling homesick or stressed out, your friends and family will always be there for you though it can be easy to forget this when you’re in new surroundings. Don’t forget that these people want to hear from you so it’s just as much for their benefit as it is yours!

4. Enjoy Some ‘Me’ Time

Freshers can be a little overwhelming for some and to avoid getting snowed under by social or academic commitments, remember to take some time here and there for yourself!

You might feel like you constantly need to be doing something or hanging out with new people but you’ll only run yourself down if you don’t leave yourself enough in between to just relax and be by yourself.

Watch some Netflix, pick up a book, cook – whatever it is is that you like to do to unwind at home – don’t forget about it at uni!

5. Learn to Say No

When you’re trying to make new friends, it’s natural to want to say yes to every opportunity thrown at you in order to impress people, but learning to say no is so important and one of my top tips for freshers.

If you know you’ve got an assignment due in at 9am tomorrow morning but you haven’t started it yet, going clubbing with your new best friends isn’t a good idea. People go clubbing several times a week at uni, to the same clubs no less, so missing out one night isn’t going to be the end of your social life.

If you’ve got too much on your plate, you’re not feeling too well, or even if you simple don’t feel like, don’t succumb to peer pressure. If they’re real friends, they’ll still invite you out next time.

6. Do Your Laundry

Bring some routine into your university life early on and don’t forget to do basic things like your laundry, your dishes etc. Especially if you’re sharing a house with others.

People might roll their eyes at this one but honestly so many people I knew at uni never washed their sheets and it is g-r-o-s-s. After some hard partying you will definitely have lots of stuff to throw in the washing machine and it can be quite therapeutic to work through this!

What tips for freshers do you have?

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Alice Beaumont

Friday 23rd of October 2015

Getting a diary is legit the most important part of uni! I couldn't have kept track without mine

Laura

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

I really wish I'd had this to read before I went to uni! xxx

Ickle Pickle

Monday 19th of October 2015

Great post - I think my eldest daughters freshers lasted for the first year of uni! ;) Kaz x

Laura

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

I think mine lasted for 2... Now I'm on my year abroad trying to work full time and catch up on everything I missed last year! :/

Leesha Starr

Monday 19th of October 2015

Such great tips, I didn't party too hard at freshers but some of these would have helped me out a lot

Lubka Henry

Monday 19th of October 2015

Aw... you just reminded me of the good old days.

This is a great list of survival tips and I definitely agree that practicing saying 'No' is very important in order to achieve your goals ;))