Calling all uni studentsWatch
Student life, in partnership with UEA
First year is no different but has the addition of people who will make friends with everybody because, well, it's the thing you do. Especially in a new environment. And especially if you live together or are on the same course. Then over the course of first year people start making their actual friends. Most people have a lot of acquaintances from this. If you don't live with your flatmates in second year, more effort and common ground is needed to maintain the friendship. Soon your bestie from freshers is just a polite nod in the corridor.
Then you graduate and your friendship group gets even smaller once everyone moves back home/elsewhere, has their own lives, and more effort is also needed to maintain the friendship. By now you hopefully have the few wonderful friends you'll know for the rest of your life though.
What's one thing you wish you knew before starting university that you know now?
In all seriousness- I really wish that I had learnt how to cook a good selection of meals before I went to university as it would have stopped me from living on beans on toast in my first year Batch cooking healthy meals in my final year was definitely progress for me and was still really cheap. I would possibly recommend learning how to do a good Chilli, Curry, Pasta Bake which you can portion up and freeze
Also please don't worry about friends- perhaps the prior poster had this experience but I am still very close to lots of the friends I made in First year so each persons experience does differ!
Best of luck,
Another thing I'd say is take advantage of all the facilities and opportunities on offer, you will make loads of friends and have the best time
Did anyone have a job alongside studying and how did you cope with juggling the work and uni? (Did anyone have a job through their uni's student union?)