You’ve survived Freshers, congrats. From teambuilding exercises to going out every night for the sesh, it was a good week and now it is time to get serious!
You have completed your first week of uni and now have realised this isn’t the same as Freshers.
You are now in your first term of university up until January. Your 15 years of education has led to this point and if you were to survive secondary school, you’ll be able to hack this degree jargon in no time.
1. Attend lectures (as much as possible!) 🏃
Your sleep pattern is all messed up after Freshers (and probably will be for the rest of term). Not being able to wake up in time for your Like Your Library session is one thing, but you can’t miss your 9am lecture for the next 12 weeks. 😴
Attending your first lecture of the year might almost kill you 💀, but after you attend 3 or 4, you’ll get the rhythm for it. Your sleeping pattern will sort itself out, eventually, and you’ll be able to at least pass your module if you take some notes while you’re there.
2. Become besties with everyone on your course 🗣
During #AstonFreshers, you probably met a range of characters and personalities, however not everyone you met will be doing the same degree as you.
Why is this important? Well the most time you are going to be spending is during your lectures so you might as well get to know the people around you. If you don’t befriend these new strangers then the next 4 year is going to be a lot harder.
Who are you going to pull an all-nighter with during exam season? 🕐
Who are you going to chill with when waiting for your next lesson? 💺
Where else are you going to learn all the latest gossip from? 👀
People on your course will have your back for the duration of your uni life, make sure you interact with some people. Everyone in that room is in the same situation as you. When you’re sat next to someone in a lesson, just say hi and take it from there.
3. Get help when you need it 👨🏫
Aston has a wide range of support to help students, all you have to do is seek it.
If you need academic advice 📖, the university has a system called WASS which allows you to book a one-on-one slot. If you didn’t understand something in a lecture or never got a chance to ask a question about something, all students have the opportunity to book a slot and talk about whatever they want for the duration.
To see the full list of Student Support Services, you can find everything here. They can everything from such as independent advice from the Advice & Representation Centre and the Counselling and Mental Wellbeing Service with qualified counsellors who will listen and not judge. 👂
4. Make sure you have a plan 📝
While almost everything will influence it, only you can decide your uni life. Only you can make sure you’re on top of everything, this includes deciding against going out clubbing when you have a 9am lecture the next morning
If you want to try and succeed at Aston, you are going to need to make sure you make notes during and after lessons. Trying to cram everything the hour, day or even week before your exam will not help.
It isn’t rocket science. If you come out a lecture and can’t remember the information the next day, go take an hour at the library 📕📗📘 and make sure you’re ready for any assessments coming your way!
5. Still Have Fun 🕺
This article may seem like a whole lot of your freedom is being restricted but the most important thing is to make sure you enjoy university.
Make sure you go out, socialise with societies and enjoy your first taste of adult independence.
If you’re still unsure of how university works though, here is a handy diagram so you can work out which kind of student you’re going to be overall… 📚 🗣 🛌