Recently, I moved out of my parents’ house to go and live at university. I had no idea what to expect. Would I go bankrupt? Would I poison myself? Would I spontaneously combust?
Luckily, none of the above happened, but I certainly messed some things up during Freshers Week. So, without further ado, here are four mistakes I made in my first few days so you don’t have to. Enjoy!
- Forget budgeting – I didn’t bother tracking my spending because apparently I ‘had loads of money’ and ‘couldn’t possibly go over budget.’ However, it turns out going to clubs every night gets expensive so I’d recommend checking your bank balance every day. I know this can be scary, but it’s better than waiting until the end of the week and practically fainting from shock.
- Join everything – Look, I know extra-curricular activities are important but don’t join every society like I did. Unless you’re a superhuman, you won’t be able to commit to them all so only join societies you’re actually interested in. Basically, don’t join the diving team if you’re allergic to chlorine and have a fear of heights.
- Be disorganised – I didn’t write anything down because I thought I’d ‘just remember everything’ and ‘couldn’t afford to buy an organiser.’ It goes without saying that this was a terrible idea and I found out the hard way. Go to WHSmith and buy a diary!
- Ignore discounts – All my leaflets for free chicken lived on my floor for about two weeks and expired before I could use them. Make time to organise vouchers early so you can get as much free stuff as possible! Trust me, your stomach will thank you for this one.
So there you have it! I hope you managed to learn something from my mistakes. If you have any tips of your own, be sure to leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading,