After what has felt like the longest summer holiday, I’m heading back to university this week. The constant late nights & Netflix Originals binges have been fun. A little longer and I would have completed Netflix. But it’s become repetitive, I’ve been itching for a change.
I have mixed feelings about going back. On one hand I’m excited to get back into it. To have a schedule to stick to again. I’ve missed the structure that going to university gave me. On the other hand though, I’m somewhat anxious. Second year is a significant change in gear in comparison to the first, in terms of workload & difficultly.
I would say the former feeling is stronger than the latter though. This summer holiday has given me a lot of time to reflect. (I’m sure you can tell by now that I didn’t leave the house much!) I was able to enjoy my solitude, to be alone with my thoughts, it’s been refreshing.
Whether you’re living on campus or commuting from home. Here are some things I’m certain will come in handy during your time in higher education:
1. 16-25 Railcard
You’ll definitely make use of the train during your time at university, this card gets you 1/3 off the standard price of train tickets. Railcards are £30, and need to be renewed yearly.
Unless you choose to pay £70 for 3 years. I understand that the price isn’t very appealing and you’d rather spend that on a nice tee or some new jeans but trust me, it is worth it in the long run. Also for a limited amount of time, you can get £5 off with the promo code “STUDENTSAVER18”
If I’m being honest, one of the best perks about being a student are the discounts. I have older siblings that went to university and they sometimes talk about the “good ol’ days” when they were eligible for student discount. This just makes me value it that much more, because the chance to call upon it will not always be there. So it is better to “milk the cow as much as you can while it’s alive“.
This is significantly more popular than the rail card. But some people still don’t make use of it. It is as easy as downloading the app on your phone. You’ll also need to provide proof that you’re a student of course (providing your university email etc). But the vast amount of discounts that are available will come in handy.
3. Online Banking
Online banking allows you to keep up to date with your transactions from the comfort of your phone and/or laptop. As a student this is invaluable. Once that student loan drops, the urge to spend lavishly is strong. For some that’s the most they have ever had in their account and it can result in false security.
Spending the money just because it’s there isn’t a good mentality. Online banking will allow you to check yourself if your outgoings far outweigh your incomings (yup, it’s ideal to have an extra source of income. Like a part-time job)
A quick visit to your bank and you can have it set up in no time. Make sure to apply for a “student account” too
For the first year students, congratulations on getting into university. However, I’m sure studying isn’t the first thing on your mind, is it? You want to experience the independence of being a university student. But you have to remember that you’re still a “student“. And a student needs their books, notebooks and pens. The easier you make it for yourself, the easier it will be. Common sense right?
Also, having the appropriate stationery available will encourage you to use it so you might as well. Especially if you need it, ay?
You’ve just finished a 2,000 word essay. You want to submit via TurnitIn but you have to proofread it first. No one likes grammatical or punctuation errors in an essay.
With Grammarly, you’re able to do this without having to proofread. It’s a free app that produces error free pieces of work. It scans for any mistakes and notifies you if there are any. It is compatible with your laptop, as well as your phone. So sending incorrectly worded emails to important people will be a thing of the past.
It’s bound to bump your grade up, it’s a no-brainer!
Well, that’s all from me for now guys and gals.
Enjoy the new academic year!