10 things we wish we’d have known before starting University

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  1. There’s no such thing as a glamorous lecture. Welcome onesies, morning breath and that ill guy at the back that Can’t. Stop. Coughing.
  2. Say goodbye to treating yourself. No more trainers. Just a bag of Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ cookies if you’re feeling particularly flush.
  3. Weight gain. Snacking becomes your forte and ‘just picking up a few bits’ usually means Cadbury’s chocolate and a tub of Ben & Jerry’s in your shopping basket.
  4. Becoming a stressed so + so. Wrinkles appear along with tears and bitching at anything that comes between you and your deadline (an hour before!)
  5. Becoming a part-time alcoholic. When there are so many events and parties most weeknights –a relationship blossoms between you and a bottle of gin.
  6. How much we’d miss friends/family from home. Whilst its dandy to make new friends, flatmates and course mates, there is nothing quite like a natter with a childhood friend or ex-partner-in-crime who knows you inside and out.

    Your room is smaller than you'd have hoped

    Your room is smaller than you’d have hoped

  7. The cost of transport. Who knew trains were so expensive? Suddenly going to visit your friends in other cities is more of a once in-a-lifetime thing, compared to the every other weekend you promised each other when you both left for uni. Getting the coach? Prepare for the longest journey of your life *Shivers*.
  8. The beauty of Netflix. Procrastinating was never so easy. Take a risk with a new series to get your teeth into and then watch 8 episodes a day. The best kind of marathon.
  9. How much academic books cost. When there is a course of 100 people trying to get the same book in the library, you give in and end up buying your lecturers book = broke for the entire month.
  10. A regulated body clock is a thing of the past. By mid-term sleeping before midnight is a far away memory. By the end of the term there are Asda bags the size of America under your lashes.

Words by Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky

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