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Advice I would give my first year self

Advice I would give my first year self

Hi everyone,

So, this is my first blog post – aaaah! I hope this finds you well and serves as a little switch-off from the current uncertain times. This post will delve into the things I wish I could’ve told my first year self – both at college and university. I’m currently in my 5th and final year at University College Birmingham and this place has taught me a lot…

No doubt, university is hard – but the ups of it all definitely outweigh all the challenges. Hopefully this blog will show you how to make the most of the whole experience. After all, university days are the best days of your life, aren’t they??? Someone definitely says that…

My first year self was very scared to start college and even university – but looking back, it’s more exciting if anything!

My first piece of advice would be: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Do you have an early start on Monday morning and you feel like the world is going to end due to this horrible early start? Don’t worry about it! You’ll most likely have a break before lunch anyway and the 5th floor cafe serves amazing hash browns. Always look for the silver lining, my friends (in this case, hash browns).

Second piece of advice for my first year self: UCB is in the heart of the city, so go and explore!! I really, really wish I had told my first year self that a few hours of fun with my pals would NOT result in me failing my whole degree. Get out there, have great times, with great friends (and even greater cocktails). I promise you – these friends are for life! <3

Now, not to contradict myself here, but my final and probably most valuable piece of advice…

Don’t leave your assignments to the last minute… PLEASE!

As we ALL know by now, unfortunately there are no last-minute assignment-writing fairies out there (not in Birmingham anyway). I found that sitting down even for 10 minutes after each lesson to catch up on some work is a massive help in the long run. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself at the end of the semester when you’re out celebrating your fab results!!

I hope this blog has helped or reassured some of you out there that university is so much fun, and although it can be hard at times, it is 100% worth it.

See you all soon,

Millie 🙂



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