Oh to be a simmie 

     Today I moved out of my university house. I was only living out for a year but it has been a good one. Of course living with other people is hard, but it’s nothing I’m not used to considering I grew up with a household of four. 
     Of course I lived in a crappy student place, where I paid too much rent and had many an argument with each of my flat mates about who’s turn it was to take out the bins, or who’s left their dirty dishes out for days on end. But on the whole I’ve had a great year. And I’m sad to be leaving. 
     My final year of university drew to a close this May, and after months of dissertation stress and many an emotional break down I made it through and graduated with a 2.1! I am very proud of myself, all my hard work paid off and the stress was worth it for a £27,000 piece of paper in the end.      

It is a sad feeling. I am never going to walk the halls of St Mary’s ever again. It is going to be a tough thing to let go of. Even though the experience has landed me in £36,000 of debt, the feeling of being a part of a community, of having some of my very best friends less than 10 minutes away from me, living my life the way I want to live it? Priceless. 

     I thought this summer would just be one giant party, and in some ways it was. But in other ways I’ve grown up so much. I realised that I didn’t need certain people in my life, and I’ve made some very grown up decisions regarding my future (that’s a lie, I still have no idea what I want to do, and I’m scared shitless). 
     Moving out of my flat and back in with my parents will be a huge adjustment, although I do have pretty laid back parents so I don’t think it’ll be too much of a change. 
     It has been hard to say goodbye to my flat mates. It’s been a tough year but the top floor squad has mostly stuck by each other through thick and thin, and saying goodbye to them was difficult. I didn’t cry though. I know I’ll see them again soon. Mother Hen lives 10 minutes from my home, and Petal still has one more year of university to go. I know I’ll still see them. I know we’ll still be family. 
     Looking back over the year we’ve hosted many a party, starting with pre drinks most nights during freshers. Each party holds a random drunken memory that I can barely remember now. All I can remember is loving every second I spent hanging out with my friends, new and old, in a drunken stupor. 
     The last semester was certainly the hardest. I took on an extra module, cried a lot, drank a lot and had absolutely no money at all. I spent a lot of my time at the library, hating my writing and wish I I could start again. Oh well, I still got my 2.1. 
     University has been such a challenging experience for me, and despite the rotten first semester, on the whole I have enjoyed it. My university is so welcoming and close-knit that I couldn’t possibly imagine being elsewhere. I’ve received such an overwhelming amount of support throughout my 3 years there, even from people that I don’t know.
     I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing. On to the next chapter!


Tips for surviving University

Tips & Tricks: what I should’ve done

– If you’re a latte lover, like me, order a flat white coffee instead.. It is a whole pound cheaper and will save you tonnes in the long run! 

– To save money on travel, walk to wherever you need to go. It’s healthier and cheaper! And sometimes a long walk is the best therapy you need.

– Don’t buy the freshers wristband. No one goes to every single event, so you’ll save money by only going to the events you want to go to.

– Pre drinking is so so so important. Not only is it more sociable, it means you spend less money when you’re out and you’ll enjoy your company more.

– Split the cleaning jobs between you and your housemates. Create a rota if you need to. 

– Buy carbs in bulk, rice and pasta will keep for a long time.

– Buy frozen vegetables – they last longer and are actually still really good for you! 

– Cut your hair yourself, not excessively but keep the ends neat and tidy by trimming them yourself.

– Keep an eye on your calendar, be more organised. 

– Shop in the reduced section of supermarkets. Most food can be frozen and kept for a long time!

– Take advantage of the free condiments that you are offered in cafes and restaurants. 

– Don’t take your card out with you on a night out.

– Don’t buy unnecessary things.

– Drink coffee at home.

– Host house parties/gatherings instead of going clubbing.

– Get public transport instead of taxi services. 

– Put the money you need to use for rent away until you need it, then you won’t be tempted to spend it.

– Staying in can be more fun than going out with the right company. 

– Even though the temptation may be strong, avoid getting too many take aways. A bacon sandwich or frozen pizza cures a hangover just as well as a Dominoes. 

– Don’t join a gym. There are tonnes of free exercise videos on YouTube that will aid you in any weight loss you feel that you need. 

– Write out all your deadline dates and keep them in your sight at all times. If you know when they are, it won’t take you by surprise when you have lots of work to do in a short space of time.

These are just twenty one ways to help you survive university. They are certainly things I should have done. 
Tune in on Friday for a book review – peace 🙂 

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