So, in September I moved 2 hours away to Liverpool to start University. I thought this was a great idea as I’d be independent, self-reliant and basically if it goes to shit I’ll have to deal with up. Sounds good right? Here is my Dating, Delaying, and Dollar, or lack of…
Liverpool is a beautiful city, has to be my favourite in the UK now. EVERYTHING is so close, a short walk or bus ride and you’re there. It’s amazing. Not having to drive or pay so much for parking/petrol is a godsend. It also, has to be the liveliest place ever, there’s always something going on, like in friends, “what if you want to get Chinese food at 5 am?” well, where else but Liverpool? The people are so friendly too, they’re northerners so they won’t take any rubbish but I’m used to that back home.
University is a massive change whether you’re 2 hours away or still at home. The workload hits you like a tonne of bricks and the expectation is much higher. I’m not even going to pretend I understand University yet and it’s March. It’s crazy how I’m done with lectures in a month and finished exams in May, and then my first year is completely over. My heads spinning just thinking about it. But, one thing about the first year is, the only thing you’ll hear is “it’s only the first-year” and “first-year doesn’t count,” like okay, true but… still need to pass to carry on! The party lifestyle of the first-year definitely lived up to the name. I try and chill but I live so close to where everything is, so once you hear the chant of “Come on Eileen,” I’m already sticking on false lashes and out the door.
The main issue with first-year is that it is such party central year, that the idea of a relationship isn’t really a thing. Unfortunately, for relationships back home, they don’t always last as everyone has such a carefree attitude. They just wanna ‘shag-around’ which if that isn’t for you, makes it kind of hard. That isn’t the case for everyone of course, but so far my experience hasn’t been the Danielle Steel novel I would’ve hoped for (I’m kidding, who needs a man when you have assignments up to your eyebrows).
Shock. A student is writing about money. I won’t bore you with the obvious, yes student finance is difficult, yes it’s hard to get a job around the large workload, yes university comes first, yes we should all get a fair amount. Is any of that going to change by me writing this? Not in the slightest. But I’ll let you know how I deal with it.
- Get a job that understands student life – I am lucky enough to live in a city with a football stadium which allows casual shifts for when a match is at home. I am even luckier to be able to get a job in the restaurant that’s open more than match days, meaning I am able to get regular shifts as well as only match days.
- Swap your shop – I’m an Aldi shopper and proud! Don’t come at me with your Walkers crisps and expect me to choose them over the tasty and affordable Snackrite. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the price does affect quality but making an effort to tighten the purse strings helps so much!
- Surveys – Shock, yet again. I see it everywhere, every time you google, ‘How to make money at home?’ somehow you end up on a blog telling you to try surveys. Well, here’s another one. Yes, it can be mundane, but if you’re just chilling out watching tv, grab your computer and by the time the episodes over, you’re already making money! Plus helping companies get the opinions they need.
My huge problem is procrastination, which you may be able to see from my activity here. That has definitely crept up into my academic life. Even in my first semester, I was in the library till 4am. Not the best for your sleep schedule or your ability to write 2000 words in under 4 hours. I would not recommend. One of the only reasons I have gotten my work in on time is my best friends on my course are all procrastinators like me, so we all panic around 2 days before the deadline, head to the library and crack on together. “We’re all in this together” is basically the theme tune to our downfall. I wish I was kidding. I’m really enjoying my course and everything I’m learning, but I’m too easily distracted, so the library is very helpful. There’s no chance of Netflix in there.
So yeah, that’s my first year at university nearly gone. Hope you enjoyed what seemed to be a long and well overdue post than expected.
*All opinions are my own*