Student Life is What You Make It

‘Student life is what you make it’, is something I often found myself saying to my friends at university, as I’m reassuring them that there is certainly more to ‘uni life’ then going clubbing.

Don’t like clubbing? Then the simplest solution for that my friend is, don’t go. It’s not always as simple as that I know, there’s perhaps that curious voice in your head that pops up telling you to just try it. And you maybe find yourself thinking things like; you’ll be fine what is the worst that could happen? And that you’ll hate yourself more if you don’t ever at least give it a try. If you want to try it, do it, but make sure it’s because you want to, and nothing else.

Ignore those voices in your head that are trying to make yourself do something you don’t want to, ignore those nosey adults (you know the one’s I mean) who just automatically assume that because you’re a student you therefore must enjoy clubbing. Believe me, there is so much more to the university experience than going out clubbing.

From my point of view, as someone who does actually like clubbing, I know that there’s also plenty of other stuff that I could be doing, and do actually do. I simply wouldn’t go to a nightclub if I didn’t want too. I do it because I enjoy it, and that’s the sole reason why you should do anything, because you enjoy it. Countless evenings of my first year were spent chatting away to my flat mates, about anything from our families and life, to Game of Thrones and Harry Potter themed conversations. The hours would fly by, and the next thing we knew it would be 2am. We literally got lost in conversation, evenings like that are invaluable. Other than that, we’d quite often have our themed TV nights, where we’d watch back to back episodes of Riverdale or Twin Peaks, or we’d watch La La Land for the millionth time and unashamedly find ourselves singing along to all the songs. And not to forget our spontaneous baking sessions, which often involved dancing and flour fights (a great way to break the ice with new flat mates by the way).

How you choose to spend your spare time at university is completely up to you and I can’t reiterate that enough. It is incredibly easy to get lost in what you think you should be doing. But fight it, find your niche, whatever that may be, and delve right into it and don’t become distracted by what everyone else is doing. Always remember that you are fully within your rights to simply say no. You’ll even come to notice that there’s so many other students who will feel the same as you. Find friends who accept you for you (as cliché as that sounds, it’s actually really important.) And you’ll be on track for focusing on you, your studies and making some pretty awesome and unforgettable memories at the same time.

 

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy D Stanley says:

    The thing I wish I’d known my first time at university is, it’s OK to be you. In fact it’s a great thing. Universities are so much larger than schools, and you’re much more likely to find your people. It’s a great time to explore yourself and work out who you are, what you stand for, what you enjoy, without so much of the pressures of family or the work world (not that it doesn’t have its own pressures, of course). I just wish I’d been able to figure that out at 18 (which is not a knock on traditional students, far from it. I just wasn’t ready to figure that out for myself at that age)

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  2. rachneill7 says:

    University is a great time to figure things out. But if you wasn’t ready at that time when you look back now in retrospect, then maybe that is because everything happens for a reason. And life has its own way of working out. There is no set timescale on figuring things out.
    Thank you for your comment Amy 🙂

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  3. Amy D Stanley says:

    Oh, I’m now doing my second undergraduate degree, so I’m getting the chance to learn these things again, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity. I don’t think this personal development process ever ends, which I’m glad about.
    Thank you for taking the time to respond!

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    1. rachneill7 says:

      That’s great Amy! I wish you well on your studying!

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  4. Love thissss Rach, always do what you want despite what other people are doing, and you’ll find those who are like you and interested in the same things as you!!

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    1. rachneill7 says:

      Thanks Sam!! That’s exactly right, it can be hard but just staying focused on the things you like to do will not only guide you to find your people, but will also ensure you are staying true to yourself!

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  5. Marc Baty says:

    Love this Rachel we had some amazing times in First Year and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you. Everything in this is totally true. Seriously get this sent into the uni as I know the Students Union would snap it up!

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