Tuesday, 16 February 2016

7 Things to Remember When Uni is Getting you Down

Uni is kind of like a urine infection, you don't know how bad it is until you actually experience it. It can be hard leaving school with all of these amazing expectations of Uni and getting there to discover that it's kind of a let down because omg I can't take my duvet to lectures and what do you mean that I have 3 essays due in one week? But in amongst the deadline stress and the hours spent in the library literally being too afraid to sneeze because it is too freaking quiet in there, it can be hard to remember that there are actually some good parts to Uni too. So here's 7 things to remember when Uni is getting you down.

1. You just need to pass. I have wasted so much time and energy throughout my life stressing about getting As and Bs in assignments when they didn't even really matter. Obviously, it's good to try your best and aim high, you bunch of ambitious shooting stars, but sometimes it comforting to remember that if the essay you're working on is super hard, you just need to pass and you can aim higher for the next one. Plus at my Uni the passmark is only 40% so holla this is fine, I've got this, we're ok.

2. You've gained so much more life experience. Looking back, I don't even know how I functioned when I was at school, I was literally just a 17 year old baby who couldn't do anything. Now just being at Uni for one day brings about all these challenges and life experiences that would have freaked me out even a couple of years ago. What did I do today? Well I stood on the train squished up against a bunch of strangers, navigated my way to a class in a different part of the city, shot catcalling builders a look to kill and gave tourists directions that I'm pretty sure weren't even right. And you know, actually went to Uni. No biggie.

3. There's always time to nap. God created breaks between lectures for a reason and they are usually just the perfect amount of time to go for a nap. Even if you're lucky enough to have the afternoon off, it doesn't mean you should feel obliged to make plans or do some work. Take your makeup off, put your PJs on and sleep your stresses away. You couldn't do that during your 6 hour day of constant classes at school now could you?

4. The torture only lasts for 4 years (unless you're a medical student but then that's your own stupid fault for being so smart and ambitious). If you're really just done with Uni then take comfort in the fact that you've only got a few years left until you get to leave and actually get paid to be somewhere at 9am. (Although I have a sneaky suspicion we'll all miss Uni when it's over).

5. You've met loads of new people. One of the best things about going to Uni is meeting so many people from different places and walks of life. The best part is that you're all in it together because none of you have a clue what you're doing and there is no better bonding experience than that.

6. The holidays are to die for. Savour Uni holidays whilst you can because we will never experience anything as amazing ever again. Yes deadline time may be super stressful but the light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of a glorious four month Summer. So hang on, we can do this babes.

7. You get a degree at the end of it. Kind of a given but at the end of it all, the hard work will have been worth it when you get your piece of paper that says you survived. Basically a degree is just an award for sticking with it and not quitting when it all just felt too much. You'll feel super accomplished and proud of yourself and hopefully your degree will allow you to get your dream job. Plus you'll get to take loads of cute graduation pics for insta, so yeah you win.

What keeps you going through the stressful times at Uni? Thanks for reading!


  1. These are all super great points. Uni can be SOOO stressful! I have 3 group projects I'm currently working on, plus regular assignments, plus trying to keep a social life, plus trying to stay sane!! This post gives me a bit of perspective. Like nap time is always the best and I really have met the best people here!

    - Courtney

    1. Thank you! Oh dear that sounds awful. It's definitely the trying to stay sane part that I struggle with!! Awww I'm glad, everything will be ok once you manage to squeeze in a nap. Good luck. Xx

  2. Needed this Em!
    loving your posts as ever!

    Love, Maddie | Oh So Maddie

    1. Aww thank you Maddie, can always count on a lovely comment from you to brighten my day!! Xx

  3. I definitely needed to read this (and I'm glad that it's the first post I've read on your blog because this drew me in). I am so close to the end of uni and the stress does get me down a lot, but I'm nearly there and there have been so many positives of my 3 years studying. Naps and eating junk food without your parents judging you are the best things about uni for sure, and knowing that I've made friends for life just makes my days a little brighter.

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

    1. Aww thank you! Keep going, the end is in sight and all the hard work will definitely be worth it!! Couldn't agree more. Xx

  4. This is a great post, I really love your writing! Nap time and life experience are definitely two things I feel I've gained while at uni haha. I'm in my first year and I have had a really hard time but it's getting better and I do really love the university and I think the experiences it provides students are amazing. Even though the end of my uni experience is a long way off, this post made me kinda sad thinking about leaving haha! x

    Celeste | www.celesteinayear.com

    1. Thank you so much, that's so kind! Aww I'm sorry to hear that but I'm glad it's getting better, adjusting to life at Uni can be so hard. I feel ready to leave and start making a living but I know I'll definitely miss my naps (and my friends). Xx

  5. I've just stumbled across your blog and absolutely love this post! I honestly feel like I go through more emotions in an average day at uni than in my entire life before I started - nothing ever seems to feel entirely settled or normal. On the one hand that can make it so exciting and great fun, but it can also just be totally exhausting! Plus, social media gives such a skewed vision of what uni is really like - everyone seems to be having the time of their life on Facebook and Instagram, but every student I've spoken to has talked about how difficult they find it sometimes. But as you say, that's not to say we won't miss it when it's all over!
    I hope life is sunny where you are :)


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