Uni Advice That I Would Tell My First-Year Self

As a fresher coming to uni, it was a big change. Leaving home and living with complete strangers, studying independently, managing money and learning how to nurse a horrible hangover. If there was anything I could change I would have loved to have a fairy godmother or some sort of mystical mermaid who gave me advice and lessons before I came. Here is a list of the lessons and unfortunate truths I learnt and uni advice I think would be useful to any new uni student.

  1. First year is important. Okay it may not count towards your grade but it prepares you for the next two or three years and enables to use your skills efficiently.
  2. You will spend a lot of money on alcohol, ditch the Ciroc and Grey Goose you are not Jay Z.
  3. Don’t waste your money on branded food and items. Pasta is pasta, bread is bread and your student loan will not cater to your lavish lifestyle.
  4. Societies are the best place to meet new people and they look fabulous on your CV and you can pick up a new skill.
  5. THE LIBRARY IS YOUR FRIEND. USE AND ABUSE IT.
  6. Freshers flu is real. The struggle is real. Dose up on that tea and orange juice now. It gets the best of us.
  7. You probably won’t see your college friends as much as you thought you would.
  8. Keep a constant eye out on your food, your flat-mates will smile in your face and steal your food behind your back.
  9. Speaking of flatmates, do not sleep with them. No one wants 9 months of awkwardness.
  10. Take advantage of workshops, counselling services, career days, career presentations etc. These services are there to be used. Mental health is important and there will always be someone who will listen to you and help you.
  11. Be careful of Netflix and chill, you went to watch movie not to conceive a baby.
  12. If you think you’re the ugly friend. Don’t worry uni does wonders, you will Glo up. The transformation will happen.
  13. Meet new people, diversify yourself. The differences in other people will help you learn about yourself and form your own opinions.
  14. Those people who say they don’t revise and get good grades, they are LYING. Make sure you revise unless God is directly speaking to you and giving you the answers.

The list goes on but I sure you will find out for yourself. Uni will be the best three/four/five years of your life. Take your exams seriously but don’t forget to have fun and learn about yourself. Uni is the key to the door of life. HAVE FUN!

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How To Become More Self-Aware With These 5 Steps

I really want to come to terms with how the world is the way it is and why we are the way we are as individuals. Introspection is a skill that I think is so useful in determining our place in this world and how we relate to other people. Having the ability to be deeply aware of your own feelings, emotions, thoughts and perception of yourself is something that I think is integral to leading a life of self-fulfilment and development. Self-awareness is key to unpicking the negativity in our lives, bettering ourselves and leading happier lives. With any form of self-improvement, it takes time and practice to truly see and understand ourselves clearly. If you are interested in how to become more self-aware keep reading and find out my 5 ways of doing so.

Constantly Evaluate Yourself

Throughout the day when you are engaging in thought and carrying out certain actions, evaluate the motivation for them and ask yourself why are you doing them. Explore how you are feeling in each act you are doing or why certain thoughts present themselves in response to any stimuli you’re presented with throughout the day. If you feel stressed at all or down or annoyed, try to find the root of your problem and evaluate why you have been put into these negative moods. Analysing yourself and becoming aware of your behaviours can help to prevent you getting into these moods or can help you make these moods short-lived. You will know what things you dislike and you may not react so negatively in the future.

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Don’t Judge Yourself

Whenever you are feeling certain emotions or feelings, express yourself fully and ride the waves of these emotions without judging yourself for doing so. If you are frustrated or jealous even, don’t think to yourself that “I shouldn’t be frustrated”, “being in a bad mood is not good”, “I’m being a party pooper”. Be honest with how you are feeling, come to terms with it and evaluate it in it raw state. Don’t ignore your emotions, face up to them. You will gain a better understanding of the self and you won’t fly off the handle so often or be confused about your feelings. Your emotions and feelings are always valid, just because they may affect others or may not be ideal for a certain situation, it doesn’t mean you should just disregard them. Be honest with yourself.

Change Your Perspective

We all have a perception of things, such as the people around us, situations and events. People also have a perception of us and we have a perception of ourselves. With self-awareness the key is to making the various perceptions of the self equal. How you perceive yourself should match how others perceive you. Through self-reflection and engaging with other people in conversations about each other you can gain a deeper understanding of your inconsistencies and shortcomings. Put yourself into someone else’s shoes and evaluate yourself with a different perspective. What do you see? How do you come across?

Accept Yourself 100%

No matter what you discover on the route to self-awareness you need to accept. This is you. You may find flaws but this is what makes you you. Being able to identify them and make an effort to change them is a great way to develop and improve yourself. We are not perfect and so evaluating ourselves may not always bring about positive conclusions. Again, if you are feeling negative emotions, don’t ignore them or judge yourself, accept it and in time these will occur less and less often. Accepting yourself 100% will provide the perfect environment for you to grow in a healthy way.

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Perseverance

Self-awareness is not a finite destination. You can’t give yourself a month to achieve it. It is something you will be consistently and constantly working at. Changing behaviours and thought processes take time and when you find a way to bring about change there will be new ways to improve. The path to self-awareness is a journey, you will learn new things about yourself through all the different interactions, events and situations you find yourself in throughout life. Self-reflection and self-awareness will become second nature to you with time and practice.

I haven’t quite mastered self-awareness but I’m definitely much better at it than I used to be. I feel quite carefree and unstressed in my daily life. Understanding myself more has allowed me to have better and healthier relationships with people and feeling frustrated is a rarity.

Do you think you are self-aware or do you have any tips on how to become more self-aware? Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter.

A great way to take time for yourself and engage in self-reflection is to exercise. Check out my post on it benefits in case you missed it!

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