For Soon to be Students

For Soon to Be Students

I didn’t have the easiest time when I first started Uni so I’ve decided to write a bit for new and prospective students. I know I’m a bit early yet but seeing so many posts on facebook about sending off UCAS forms, I started to think about how much easier it would have been if I’d had the real picture about what Uni was about at that time rather than once I’d already set out on my University career.

You see, while my teachers and family were great at telling me all about their time at uni and describing everything I had to look forward to, they were understandably biased about it. I imagine I will be too some day, filled with fond nostalgia and wanting to encourage anyone capable of it to go to Uni. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s right to do that and it’s great to hear all about how exciting and good it is going to be but from most, that was all I heard. They rarely spoke about the difficulties they faced not wanting to scare me out of going, and when they did I tended to ignore it, determined Uni was going to be a barrel of fun and the difficult bits wouldn’t happen.

I guess I’d disillusioned myself about it and as a result I had a much harder time than I’d expected. So many things happened that I hadn’t been expecting and those little things I was told of turned out to be mountains that, sometimes even now, I find it impossible to climb. So, in a (probably pointless) attempt to stop you going through as much tears and panic as I did I thought I’d explain the realities of Uni. Warts and all, if you’d like.


The Decisions

Preparing For University

What to pack

First Night

Freshers’ Week

Student Safety


3 Responses to “For Soon to be Students”

  1. Leanne Smith January 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Hello Jen,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, after hearing Susan (Stevens) raving about it in the staff room. She mentioned she’s been helping you with your poetry occassionally and I thought I’d have a quick read. Can I say you’re a very talented young woman! Your short stories are excellent.
    But I’m really here to ask you a favour. I work at the same school as Susan (obviously) and I have a sixth year soc ed class, and I was wondering if you would come in and talk to them for a while. I have a few pupils who are absolutely terrified about going to uni, and a few who are so blase about it that it’s actually very worrying. I think it’d be good to have you come in and speak to them, so they can find out what it’s like from someone who’s experiencing it first hand. It would be great if you could email me back and let me know if and when you’ll be able to come in. Thank you,

    Leanne Smith

  2. Jade January 17, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    Thank you for this list!! It’s really helpful!! I can’t wait until you finish this page!!

    • Jen C Hay January 17, 2012 at 12:39 am #

      🙂 Hopefully I’ll have it done by the end of the week!

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