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Being A Student

The term 'Student Life' means many things, to many people. I'm not talking about student life as in sixth form or high school, we're talking about university or college.


University or college is where it gets serious, and this is where it can feel like you're either about to make or break your life. There are two types of people in this world, the ones who know exactly what they want to do, and the ones going to college or university to try and find their way. They get accepted onto a course, and dive head first into the life of a student, with only knowledge from previous students to do by. Of course, they will be a mix of different stories from students, and all of them will be positive from lecturers and university staff. It time for a real insight into student life, and how you can make sure that you smash it out of the park, and be as successful as you possibly can.


The Poor Life

This is the one you might have heard most about, because all of a sudden you're not living the sheltered life, comforted by your parents' money. Whether you live at home or whether you move away to halls, you'll still have to find your own way. It's as though you're being chucked into the real world, but it most definitely isn't the real world. People expect you to become an adult and to manage your own money, especially when you're getting grants at the university. But what everyone outside of university doesn't understand, is that it's hard to work and earn a living, as well as studying, and trying to socialise with the people you meet, as well as trying to spend time with your family. Not to forget your friends at home. Allll of this, and yet you have to pay for rent, buy books, buy food, go out, and just try and be happy. It's hard to manage, but it is all about balance and knowing what is right. As long as bills are paid and food is in the fridge, you can go out with very little money and still have an amazing night. Hopefully you'll be able to rely on your parents a little bit as well, but don't worry if you can't. Budget well, and I promise you will survive. 

The Pressured Life

You might feel pressure from a lot of directions. The first will come from yourself. You're taking a gamble on a course, and your family are proud of you. You have pressure built up inside to succeed, but this can be good as it can be a motivator to work hard so channel this pressure positively. The main goal is to make yourself happy. Yes it will be a massive bonus to please those around you, but you really should put yourself first. There have been articles and documentaries stating that students have took their lives rather than completing a course because they simply can't take the pain of having to tell loved ones they no longer want to do the course again. You should never ever let it come to this. If you know in your heart you truly aren't happy, change your life. It should be your decision only, and although you might feel that lingering disappointment from family members, but it will only disappear when they see you thriving and happy in a new direction. You, and the people around you, only want the best for you! You'll often feel pressure because you pile so much on your plate last minute. If you simply take some time to plan your days, you'll feel so much structured and relaxed!

The Independent Life

This one is the one most people love the most, yet can struggle with the most too. Being independent is a big step, because it's not like you're just cooking your own meals... which can be an experience tbh. It's about becoming an adult that takes care of their life fully. Washing clothes, keeping fit, keeping healthy, and managing all the things in life you would have to do if you moved out. When things do go wrong with health for example, it's a good idea to get it seen too as soon as possible instead of leaving it to get worse. A convenient way of getting your repeat prescription medicine is to do it online! You can order prescriptions from the comfort of your halls and be independent.

The Growth

By the end of it you'll be able to look back and see how much you've grown as a person. All of a sudden you won't be relying on your parents to do the things they used to do for you, and in fact, going back home after living on your own at university or college is a big shock. Students can't wait to then move out of their own home! It'll be the biggest journey you'll go on, you just have to make sure you rely on the people around you to get you through it!

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  1. I completely relate to these - I'm a student at Uni right now and I totally feel the pressures from left, right and centre! I do feel like I've learnt a lot about myself, though, which is really valuable :)

    Alice // The Rose Glow

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    1. I totally agree! I think you grow and learn so much going to University; in particular juggling a work/life balance x

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  2. Loved this post! I've just started studying in September and I'm the finding the studying/working balance impossible to perfect. I live with my partner and so have things like rent and council tax to pay for too��
    Steph x

    www.stephlouise.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I know it's so difficult to juggle sometimes! I think the best way to keep it simple is to prioritise things you need to do, and take things step by step, rather than stressing about everything. Also prioritise yourself and your health first x

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