things i wish i knew when starting first year

So, you've accepted your UCAS offer, looked at student accommodation and no doubt, the nerves are kicking in. It's completely normal to feel nervous about such a massive change, and today as I am a week from finishing first year, I thought I'd share some advice that I wish I knew when I started first year!

*I never moved away from home - I already lived in Glasgow and decided to go to university in Glasgow, so I don't have any experiences relating to missing your family or living in halls. However, my first year experience was virtually the same as everyone else's - I went to freshers, I spent 99.9% of my life in the library, I barely had a social life for a few months and I really lived the "typical" student life - complete with Pot Noodles and copious amounts of pizza.*

There was so much I wish I knew when starting first year, and the first thing is that the library will become your second home. Honestly, there were nights I wouldn't come home until 8pm and that was because I spent my entire day in the library. The uni library is my second home. 

I really wish I knew that you won't always make best friends on your first day. I literally have about 3 close friends from uni, but even then I wouldn't regard us as super close, and that's okay. I'm not here to make friends, I'm here to become America's next top model.

Bad weeks and days don't define you. You're allowed to have a bad week, a bad day, or even a bad semester. You're also allowed to feel like your subject isn't for you. There's so many days where I've received work back and just scraped 40% and it's made me reconsider my entire life plan and where I'm going, but at the end of the day I'm passionate about marketing, it interests me, and at the end of the day, I'd rather spend four years on a subject that I sometimes-hate-but-the-majority-of-the-time-I-love rather than vice versa, and I think it's so important to view university like that. 

I think it's really important to also keep in mind that the marking is pretty harsh, to say the least. For me, coming from college where I passed everything I done, to uni, where my first essay mark was 56% was disheartening to say the least. But, if you're anything like me, this will motivate you just to try harder and harder. 

I recommend that you learn to reference properly before starting using whatever referencing style your subject uses. People not being able to reference properly grinds my gears and it's honestly not that hard to do when you get the hang of it. Also, I would suggest reading up a little before you start - I bought the core marketing textbook a few weeks before I started and read the first few chapters, and it helped massively! 

Remember, eat healthily, keep up with your core reading and always ask for help if you need it! 

Ashleigh xxx