So, moving out of home was a lot rougher than I had anticipated, hence why I haven’t been posting very often. Being on your own, away from the safety net of your parents, is a very hard thing to do, despite the fact that I have done it before. Moving into John Bell House Student Accommodation was a challenge, but it has made me a lot stronger and taught me a lot of things about myself.
When I first moved in I had the intention to cook every day, meal prep, go to the gym and have my life together… that did not happen. Instead, the Deliveroo drivers know me personally, I order takeout every day, and my waist line is slowly increasing… not ideal. However, after a long and hard chat with myself, I have come to the conclusion that I have to get my s***t together (excuse the language).
So, to start the first instalment of my student series, I will share with you some tips and tricks to surviving life as a student.
- Start as you mean to go on
It is very easy to tell yourself that you will get back to your routine next week, or to get lost in the rush of Freshers, but it is even harder to return to normality. I have learnt that even when I am partying, or I am sick, or my life is falling apart, I need a routine of some sort. Even if it’s just what time you eat dinner at, it is so important to have a few constants in your day.
- Good food doesn’t have to be expensive
I will be honest with you, I haven’t exactly cooked a lot since I have moved in, but I do have a few amazing recipes in my arsenal. For example, tortilla pizza, white wine chicken (perfect for cooking and pre-drinks), or even a jazzed-up salad. These recipies are quick, delicious and healthy… how can you argue with that.
- Make a budget, and stick to it.
Since working at Boots I have spent an obscene amount of money on clothes and makeup… none of which I regret purchasing, but it would have been nice to have an idea of just how poor I was. It is very easy to get lost in the joy of receiving your student loan, but living off beans for the rest of the month isn’t exactly ideal.
- Meet people, make friends, talk.
One thing I have noticed more than anything is that Freshers is hard. People think that you can move into university and start this perfect new life, that there will be no transitional period, that everything will fall into place. However, this usually isn’t the case. I have seen many of my close friends, me included, struggle mentally and physically to adapt to university life. It is hard, and it is okay. Making friends, being honest, being yourself, and taking some time to love yourself is the best thing you can do in university.