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About Me:18-year-old sixth form student, studying English Literature, History and Government and Politics. My articles will broadly cover topics from the current affairs of politics to reviews of books and albums, as well as adding my own creative pieces, whether it be short fiction or general opinion.
So, after the dizziness of freshers, when the dry alcohol-breath begins to fade, you’re faced with the actuality of university living. For those at campus universities, this means just a short walk up the path to the nearest building – easy. But if you are at a city university, as I am, then this means begrudgingly turning off your third snooze and stumbling up a steep hill. On the point of campus and city unis, it is of upmost importance that you consider the differences very clearly. From what I have experienced of the two, a campus university is a lot more insular. Whilst this means that it might be more social than a city university, this is usually at the expense of exploring a varied and culture hub. As a general rule, the city universities have more to do and see, whereas campus unis cater well towards student ease and living. This is something you will definitely want to consider before going to university. Are you a clubber? Do you enjoy live music? How close do you want to be to university? Do you care much for art and culture?
As an English literature student, I have significantly less contact hours than, say, a medic. This does not mean, despite people’s eyes watering with envy, that I have time to frolic in the city. The less contact hours you have, the more you are expected to do outside of the university itself. In an average week, I will have to read three books (one for each module) each of varying length. During this week, I will have supplementary lectures which last around 50 minutes each and seminars, which are basically group discussions with a tutor. I also have one hour tutorials, which are pretty much the same as seminars except in smaller groups and in a much more intimate atmosphere with the tutor.
What I have found to be absolutely crucial is that you need to have a good balance between work and social life. This by now seems like a redundant point but it is key to not only doing well in your course, but also in enjoying your experience at university. I usually think that, if I can get my work done in the day, it frees up my evening to go out for a drink, and it’s great to go out on the weekend not feeling guilty about not having done your work. Even if you’re not the most social butterfly, just taking time to relax and come away from the work will help you concentrate that bit more when you return. Equally, university can easily become a downward spiral of laziness and hedonism. Your tutors aren’t your parents or teachers. Frankly, they don’t care whether you turn up or not. If you’re going to university, you’ve got to want to learn and get your mind tested. If you’re going for the lifestyle, it can be a dark spiral to get yourself out of. Keep a balance of work and social life and you should have a brilliant time.
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