Ever since I was a little girl, my parents would talk to me about this magical place called university – a place where mysterious things like 'the best time of your life' would take place and a guarantee that you'll go away with the greatest of memories and friends that stay with you for the rest of your life. Oh and not to mention, a degree! So after 18 years of waiting for the final push to being an adult, I successfully enrolled into university and have already spent a year out of four trying to fulfill my expectations of it all. Now I'm not sure about other countries, but in the United Kingdom, the first week of university is definitely the most terrifying. 'Freshers'. This period usually starts with obscure amounts of alcohol and ends with a terrible hangover after a night of partying/throwing up/drinking more/throwing up again. And trust me, you haven't experienced flu, until you've experienced fresher's flu – the absolute worst.
And that's not even the end of it! The endless morning hangovers and missed 9am lectures will undoubtedly follow throughout the rest of the year. 'Why did I decide to go out' and 'why did I drink so much' will become frequent rhetorical questions.
However, setting aside all the chundering and partying of freshers, there are also a few other things that come with being a new university student; as you begin your journey into adulthood, you will realise that it's not all as easy as it seemed. Not only will you have to adjust yourself to the fact that 50% of your money allowance every month will go towards boozing and partying, and the other half disappearing into thin air, but also, the realisation that you are actually here to study and get a degree and not just have a good time. First year of university really is the kind of year where exam time comes and quite literally bites you on the ass as you try to fit together the pieces of what even happened this whole year and all the things you've learnt and haven't turned up to lectures for. You discover that unheard of public place called ' the library', accept that your partying days are over, and acquaint yourself with old friends like red bull and coffee.
Take-outs, long nights, stupid conversations, rough mornings, missed lectures, crazy friends, and not forgetting the endless drinking games that become the foundation of that incredible alcohol stamina that you build for years to come. And those are only just a few examples!
My advice; go to university, have an absolutely amazing time, get a degree, and reminisce on how perfect your life was when you were a student, because once that all goes away, then you have to hit real life and I'll let you know how that goes when I get there!