I'm just an 18 year old from Brisbane, Australia. I like music and bands and stuff. My girlfriend owns my heart forever and always. _________________________________WARNING: I post and reblog about, but do not glorify, depression, anxiety, suicide and self harm.
Still experiencing some really awful side effects, mainly jaw clenching and trembling, it’s so frustrating my jaw just randomly has like a spasm and clenches shut or starts shaking. Also some minor stuff like being really drowsy but unable to sleep, nausea, more anxiety, fever, more depression, shaking, jitters and a bunch of other stuff. I’m hoping it will go away soon but.. whatever it’s just so difficult to deal with all of these things building up. (I got sent to hospital and they checked my bloods and stuff and health wise I’m okay, also mental health didn’t mind if I went home so, I’m alright.)
so a lot of people on my dash are starting uni in the next couple of weeks and since I’m going into second year I thought I’d compile some thoughts and advice for all of you stepping on to this ridiculous rollercoaster experience
you’re gonna be sad when you leave home, even if you’re used to being away from your parents, family, dog, whatever. don’t be afraid to be afraid. everyone is in the same position as you
FOOD and SLEEP are the two most important things in your day. make sure you’re getting enough of both. you’re at uni to learn and you’re paying a hell of a lot for the privilege. it’s no good if you’re falling asleep in lectures
HYDRATION. your body is made of water. I don’t know how much but I’m sure it’s a lot (shh I’m a physicist not a doctor okay). you need to keep it topped up. keep a water bottle in your bag and sip as required.
SOCIALISING. some people are very good at this. for others, it’s an effort to talk to people. even if it’s hard, try to make the effort, especially with your flatmates; you have to live with these people and it’s good to speak, even if it’s just saying “hi” as you walk through the kitchen. that’s enough to let them know you haven’t died at some point in the two weeks since they last saw you
SPORTS, CLUBS AND SOCIETIES. join join join. seriously. join as many societies as you can. go to all the taster meetings. uni is many people’s first chance to try something new or learn something they’ve always been interested in. take advantage of what’s on offer. an added bonus of societies is befriending older students, who will know all the cheap places for food and drink in the town as well as many of the lecturers and tutors for your modules. take advantage of this too. also older students tend to live in houses, with sofas and tvs and other luxuries far superior to your undoubtedly slightly crappy halls. and they won’t be able to resist your innocent fresher demeanour. win win.
ALCOHOL. some people drink, some don’t. I know a lot of people get worried about being pressured into drinking too much but it really is your choice. try not to hang out with people who make you feel uncomfortable. if you are planning a big night out, make sure you stick with someone you trust, who can look after you if things go pear shaped, and be prepared to do the same for them. trust me, you will clean up vomit at some point in your university career. it’s frankly inevitable.
STUDYING. okay, crunch time. before revising, make sure you have all the appropriate materials. that means textbooks, websites, software, stationery and a mug of your favourite warm beverage. keep good notes. that means daily in lectures, collating them at the end of each day, summarising them each weekend and revising them each month. this may sound daunting but organisation is the key.
EXAMS. in terms of format and structure, uni exams are very similar to A levels. they happen in a hall, there’s invigilators etc. so you need to use whatever methods of revision and preparation that successfully got you into uni. my favourite techniques are colour coding, countdowns (ie number everything you have to study then countdown a few numbers each day. this helps you track your progress), flashcards, posters and my hardcore PMP method (see next bullet point).
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (the PMP method). as with anything you do, repetition will generally lead to more successful outcomes over time. so this method is basically just as much repetition as you can take before your brain turns to porridge (works best for science/ science related degrees). sit down, open your textbook to a certain topic and challenge yourself to answer twenty questions on that topic, properly, as though you were in an exam. then fifty. then a hundred. it may take a couple of days but by the end of that time you’ll be solving special relativity questions in your sleep (this may have actually happened to me).
FINALLY: YOUR TUTOR LOVES YOU. or at least, I really hope they do. I was lucky, my tutor is an awesome guy, a really good teacher and genuinely cares about my well-being, both academic and personal. he listens to my problems, dispenses help, advice and biscuits, all from a tiny fourth floor office filled with pot plants and chalk. If you are having problems, be it related to your study, your part time job, your friends, your flatmates, the badminton society president’s dying goldfish, whatever, tell someone about it. preferably someone official. tell your personal tutor, your lab supervisor, your doctor, the uni counsellor, someone. let someone know you are struggling and you will be helped. I had some problems last year and ended up missing about two weeks of lectures, labs etc. my personal tutor and year tutor were amazingly understanding and I ended up getting special consideration for my exams which I hadn’t expected at all. remember,the university wants you therebecause you are paying it.
ABOVE ALL, ENJOY YOURSELF. IF IT’S REALLY NOT FUN, REMEMBER, UNI’S NOT FOR EVERYONE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT YOU TRIED.