Adapting to life as a student | Top Tips*

This may seem a bit of a random time to be sharing a post like this however, I know around this time people are applying for universities, visiting open days and making some tough choices. So I wanted to share this post and break up all of the christmas and party season posts that everyone shares in december :) 


#ThrowBack to some cringe photos from my first year of uni ;)






Adapting to life as a student- not as tricky as it seems!
Doing anything for the first time can be terrifying. But when you have to cope with slowly-increasing adult responsibilities alongside entering a new form of education, it can be almost-overwhelming. Add this to possibly moving to a new, unfamiliar city, having to make new friends, and juggling the increase in work and social activities, and it can feel like enough to make your head explode.

Luckily, there are ways to tackle all of these issues, and they apply to younger and more mature students who are taking part in adult learning, etc. Don’t knock them till you try them.

Finding a place to live and making new friends- argh! 
There are many options to choose from when it comes to student accommodation, be it private accommodation, student halls, or staying at home. If you’ve chosen to move away from home for university, congratulations on making a very tricky life decision! The thought of moving away from your family is terrifying for many, as you probably won’t realise how much they do for you until it’s too late.

If you’ve chosen to live in student halls, prepare yourself for a lot of mess and noise. 
Other students may not be as considerable as you, or they may have a social calendar that differs to yours. You don’t get to choose who you live with if you live in halls, which often puts a lot of people off. Regardless, many people make friends very quickly whilst living in halls; it just depends on the luck of the draw.

Halls are also a great way to slowly adapt to independent living, as you won’t have to worry about bills or landlords, but you’ll still enjoy the many benefits of independent living.

If you choose to live in private accommodation, or if you’re moving to private accommodation from halls, you’ll get to choose exactly where you live, and who you live with. This is ideal if you dislike the chaos of stereotypical student life, or if you’re a mature student.

One of the major drawbacks of living in privately rented accommodation, of course, has to be dealing with bills. If you’ve never lived away from home before, it can be a big shock to the system having to suddenly live on a strict budget.

If you’re moving to an entirely new city, make sure to go exploring so you’re slightly familiar with the area before you move. Get one step ahead of your soon-to-be-nonstop social life by making a note of any interesting shops, nightlife spots, or places to eat, etc. Familiarise yourself with your university campus too, as in some major cities, the different buildings can be set apart from each other.

Studying and having a social life- you can do both of these! 
One of the trickiest things you have to adapt to when starting university is the sudden and monumental workload. As if it couldn’t get any worse, you have to balance this with your social life
which will likely flourish during your time at university. To top it all off, you have to stick to a very strict budget to avoid going into your overdraft. It’s enough to drive you mad.

To cope with all of the above, routine and planning are essential. 
Balancing your social life and your workload can be difficult. You could go out often due to the stress from your workload, which might stop you from doing as much work, which causes your workload to build up, which makes you stressed, which makes you go out... it’s a nightmare of a cycle to get caught in.

A good idea is to keep a diary or a timetable handy.
Each week, on a Sunday night, plan out your week, making notes of your lectures, workshops, any social occasions, and then make space for relaxing and studying, and then stick to it. It can be tempting to leave all of your work until the last minute, but think about how much better you’ll feel if you do it bit by bit.

If you’re taking part in an online course or distance learning, all of this advice still applies. Complete all of the work you are set, but make sure to make time for social activities and relaxing.

If you’re an adult learner, and have to balance another career or a family alongside your learning, setting yourself a routine or keeping a diary/timetable is the best move. Although the responsibilities of a student’s social life are not the biggest, the principle is still the same.Regardless of your age, living situation, or learning environment; make sure to never overdo it with your work. It can lead to stress or burnout, or even illness. Ultimately, your health and wellbeing takes priority over work being completed on time. Never be afraid to ask lecturers, staff, friends, or family for help.

As one of the leading providers of qualifications and courses in bookkeeping,the IAB are well aware of the experiences that students of all ages experience. For more advice on handling student life, or to find out more about a bookkeeping course near you please do not hesitate to visit the International Association of Book-keepers website.


Hope this post is helpful for those of you who are selecting your courses and universities! && Best of luck with your applications :)


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