The guide to university life – by students for students
From the Author
`So, are you excited?' As a soon-to-be-fresher, these were words that I was asked over and over again as I started packing for my new life as a university student. The answer was yes - I was excited to make new friends, to start a new course, to learn to live independently. But I was also pretty nervous. How would I cook for myself every day? What should I pack? Would it be a big jump from A Levels to studying for a degree? Talking to my friends didn't help, since most of them had the same questions - and more. I arrived at my university halls squashed into the car alongside my mum, dad, and everything I thought I could possibly need. Ever. I didn't quite take the kitchen sink, but I did nick most of the contents of that sink. I thought that my college kitchen wouldn't contain so much as a teaspoon. But as it turned out, it was fully equipped and anyhow my room was so tiny that my parents had to return home with half of my belongings. Plus, I'd still managed to forget some vital items. (Boring though they sound, plug extension cables are really, really useful...) One drunken night in my third year at uni, some friends and I started compiling a list of all the things we wish we'd known when we started at university. Like the fact that turning up to library induction in freshers' week might actually have been the most useful hour of the whole of the first year. If only we'd done so.