There are many differences between life in the sixth from and university life, here are some of the things to look out for.
You have to decide what’s important
No one tells you what parts of your course are important – your lecturer will lecture you and you will just have to take notes and then try to decipher what’s important when it comes to exam revision. If you need any information at university you will have to ask for it, no spoon feeding takes place. It’s down to every student to make sure they have all the information they need. You also get a lot more free periods so it is up to you to make sure you plan your time wisely.
2,000 word essays are the norm
Higher word counts can be expected for longer assignments such as dissertations. You will find yourself spending hours in front of the keyboard frantically typing to get your essay up to the required word count and spending many a late night to get it finished before the deadline.
Expect to struggle with your finances.
Unless you are related to the royal family or the cast of Made in Chelsea, you can probably expect to struggle with your finances from time to time, so it’s really important to plan. The student partying stereotypes of the 1980s and 90s are from a time when students were given very healthy grants and the cost of living was much lower. Simply put you are not going to have the money to party every night (even if you want to). If you are fond of the finer things in life such as shopping at Waitrose expect to have to tighten your belt.
Uni life can be hard to adapt to, but don’t worry everyone is in the same boat!