After completing my first year at Durham university I would say I probably learnt more life lessons than I gained academic knowledge. Money well spent! Seriously though, there is way more to university than a degree, it was definitely the best year of my life so far and I’m so glad I went. If you are hoping to go to university in September or in the future, here are some life lessons I learnt from unfortunate mistakes. Maybe try and learn from these and avoid them, but I’m sure you will make your own mistakes!
1. You can not put foil in a microwave!
Learnt this one the hard way but in the process I got to use a fire extinguisher for the first time. This happened to me within the first week of university but it did get my name heard around the flat.
2. You have to put oil in pans to fry even oily foods.
Again, I tried to fry a banana and ended up hanging out the window with the pan whilst trying not to set the fire alarm off. A lot of my mistakes have been made in the kitchen.
3. NEVER MIX WINE! AND JUST DON’T DRINK CHEAP WINE IN GENERAL!!!
My last formal was probably the lowest point in my drunk history. Me and my friend consumed a bottle of white and half a bottle of rose and it did not end well. I some how got back to my room but I fell off my chair and threw up on my carpet (the smell stayed) and all over the toilet cubical. I was basically dying on the floor. Now I can’t even stand the smell of wine without feeling sick.
4. Flat shoes all the way, it’s the only way to master the art of getting to a lecture in five minutes when it takes fifteen to get there.
Basically, flat shoes, hoodie and run like an idiot because you are paying for it! Moring exercise done.
5. Check the climate.
I’m already Northern but I moved even more north and I did not factor in how much colder it would be. This involved me being bambi on ice for a few weeks until I purchased some boots with a snow grip and a proper coat. If your moving to Manchester or Liverpool, remember it will rain most of the time so bring an umbrella.
6. Bring extra cash for freshers week.
If you want to join societies etc you will have to pay in cash so having a bit extra for the start will save you some time and inconvenience.
7. Don’t bother with an iron.
Okay so I don’t understand why my mum made such a big deal out of ironing everything just hand it flat out and most things will be fine. Also the washing powder makes your room smell nice.
8. Save milk and make porridge and Weetabix with hot water.
Sounds unpleasant but you get used to it and you save milk.
9. Split the reading list.
Find a friend on your course and split the reading list and swap notes. Saves so much time and leave more party time!
10. Don’t be that person.
A cliché but don’t be the person who gets into a relationship with someone on their corridor. My friends did this and it ended very awkwardly for everyone. Try and leave it until after first year.
Hope this was helpful, you probably knew most of these anyway but I stll haven’t mastered adulting, it is hard!
Eleanor Elizabeth x