Uni life roundup: 13 November 2015

The second week of uni life's brand new weekly newsletter, highlighting what everyone's been talking about over the past seven days.


What we learned this week...

The unexpected good, bad and ugly parts of university life. Sometimes it’s the small things that make a difference… 

Good: Milkshakes. "There's something special about uni milkshakes. They're best in the world,” says DIN-NARYU-FARORE. 

Dissertations gonna dissertate, tate, tate, tate... I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake... 

Good: Naps. Uni is the last time between now and retirement when you’re going to get the option of taking an afternoon siesta. “Daytime napping is awesome!!! I feel awesome after!!!” says jammy4041. The exclamation marks don't lie. 

Bad: Naps. Going for an hour's nap at 2pm but waking up at 10pm, then never regaining a normal sleeping pattern for the rest of your uni days. Or worse, taking a nap on the bus and waking up seven stops after you’re supposed to, like ravioliyears. 

Bad “Adult things in general," says k4l397. Ah yes, laundry, cooking, cleaning and grocery shopping are all yours now. With great power comes great responsibility. 

Ugly: Washing machine shortages. Is 20 machines really enough to cater for a halls of 600 people? Somewhere, somebody has no choice but to be wearing their underwear inside out. Grimy. 

Poll: attending lectures

Our poll this week revealed that 57.1% of students don't attend all of their lectures, and around 10% don't go to theirs at all. 

lectures attended

Boring lecturers, people reading off PowerPoint slides and bad timings are all some of the common reasons why students don't go. 

Do you attend all your lectures? Do you think they're a waste of time or a valuable resource? Have your say in the comments.

Advice: saying no to needy coursemates

We’ve all had friends asking for help when they're struggling with their course. But how much time should you spend on them? 

Butterfly92xo had this problem when a couple of friends started leaning on her more and more for support. “Last year I used to sit with them both, trying to gather facts and evidence and research articles. This year however, I am up to my eyes in it,” she explains. 

Should you feel bad for refusing a friend help at uni? The short answer is no. “You can't be helping others to the detriment of your own work, it's simply not fair on you!” says The_Lonely_Goatherd. What’s more “if you end up doing the work for them, you're not actually helping them at all. You're stopping them learning for themselves,” explains Klix88. 

It can be scary saying no to people for the first time, but it’s a great skill to practise. You’ll find that people don’t get as upset as you're imagining. So next time they ask you to tutor them, just politely say you’re not able to help. You'll feel much better for it, and if your 'friend' suddenly disappears from your life as a result? Well, you've dodged a bullet. 


Top conversations this week: 
Tips on traveling home cheaply 
Was uni what you expected? 
Anyone else have awkward social encounters?
Uni interview roleplay
Dissertation thread 2015-2016


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