A Level results day is now only a week away (ahhhh), which means it’s almost a year since I was accepted into my first choice University, therefore I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and offer some words of wisdom.
Once UCAS is out of the way, most freshers-to-be minds turn to preparing to move out of home and getting everything ready for their first year of independence. So, here’s a few things that (among others) you definitely need to grab whilst swanning around IKEA, and a few things you definitely don’t need to beg your parents to buy you.
YES – COLANDER/SIEVE
You won’t realise how much your diet actually depends on these humble kitchen utensils. Pasta and Rice dishes are great ways to ease you into cooking for yourself. There are plenty of recipes online for easy and more complex meals involving the two. You’ll definitely be worthy of a Michelin Star by semester 2!
NO – VEGETABLE PEELER
No flat needs 10 vegetable peelers. It’s a nice idea, but soon the cooking-from-scratch dream fades and suddenly you’ve got a whole draw full of unloved utensils. Why not consult with your flatmates and pick one up on your first food shop? Frozen vegetables are also a life saver, you can get lots of different varieties at most big supermarkets.
YES – COMFY PILLOW
Unless you’re feeling uber productive, an afternoon lecture (or even a morning lecture for some) means a lovely lie in. Make sure you’re comfortable and bring your favourite pillows from home!
NO – YOUR ENTIRE DVD/CD/BOOK COLLECTION
Bring a couple of your favourite films or books, just don’t have enough to restock HMV. Aside from the massive effort of packing and unpacking them, chances are you won’t have too much time to spare, whilst you’re adapting to University life and Freshers’ week.
YES – BE LECTURE READY
Lectures are a little shock to the system, which means this is the PERFECT excuse to go wild and buy some nice pens and notebooks to atleast start you off on the right path. I initially took a pen and notebook to lectures, however then decided to take my Ipad instead as it’s a lot quicker to type than to write. Although lots of courses post the lectures online, it’s a good idea to attend the sessions and make extra notes, you don’t want to miss anything, especially when the first assignment rears it’s ugly head.
NO – TOO MANY ACADEMIC BOOKS
It’s a good idea to have a look at your course’s reading list before your first lecture, but don’t worry if you forget! Lecturers will point you in the right direction and you can always ask them for help as to where to find what you need. DON’T BUY EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU GET THERE! University libraries will have core text books in stock and many will be able to order anything in you need.
Hope this helps you in preparing to move into University! Good Luck!