I look different even from last summer, nevermind Freshers aha!
I'll start off by saying that the 4 years I was at University were hands down the best years of my life so far. I had an extremely positive experience moving from Cardiff to my university town of Aberystwyth, I completely immersed myself in the 'bubble' of University, worked hard but went out all the time too - hence all the photos from the inside of night clubs. I think that University is a good place to develop your personality, you meet people who you wouldn't have spoken to before or just wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet. I can say that I am a distinctly different person that I was in September 2010 when I left.
There are some things I wish I would have done differently, of course. I wish I had got a little more involved with the University itself so that I had a more well rounded CV. I didn't join societies, nor did I take part in much of the Uni extra-curriculars. Apart from writing a few articles for the newspaper, I literally did my assignments and that was it. I only really started using the facilities in my final year, I never met with my personal tutor, I never took advantage of the free lectures held by the International Politics school that I was a part of. I sort of did what I needed to do to get what I wanted and in hindsight, I think if I had taken advantage of Uni a little more, I might have left with a First rather than a 2:1 (Though I am still extremely proud because I know how hard I worked.)
The social side of University was incredibly good for me, I know a lot of people who didn't have the same experience as I did though. If you don't jump head first into the social side of Uni when you can, you might feel a little overwhelmed. I'm quite a friendly and confident person so I spoke to pretty much anyone and I think that worked out in my favour because I had all sorts of mates in my friendship group alone.
If you want a good experience it's all about striking the right balance. Previously I wrote a few posts with some tips I learned over the years which you might find helpful, the first is called Student loans & tips on budgeting and the second is How to get the most out of University. Also, at the end of last summer I did a little series about make up looks for back to school and university which you can check out here and here if you'd like :) It's nuts to see how different I look now, and even how different my blog style is aha. Oh well!
I hope this helped and was enjoyable at least for any of you about to start your first year of University, good luck and enjoy every minute of it!
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