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7 Tips you need to know before starting University and after.

Here are things to pay attention to when starting University and how to make your university career successful. Also how to transition from University to the job market.

Most Freshers are excited to start their University experience and wonder what they need to do or learn to succeed in their University career. Here are some tips that you will definitely need:

Learn to cook. You don't have to be a master chef, but you need to know the basics of cooking. Learn how to safely cook chicken, and how to do mince without taking all the flavor out of it, how to cook pasta and rice. Get a student cookbook, or just search the web. There are many sources of recipes out there. Especially on Youtube. Cooking for yourself is much cheaper than buying ready-made meals, and you can adjust it to taste the way you like. Also, if you're single, being able to cook is often something a potential Significant other may admire and that can help you win a girlfriend or boyfriend. You never know.

Learn to handle alcohol. If you're going to University, you're over 16, which means you can legally order a drink with a meal, and you can drink at home if your parents are ok with it. However it's good to limit your drinking and learn the difference between social drinking and binge drinking. Part of the "student experience" is the drinking, but it's always good to do it in moderation and stay safe. You don't want to overdo it and end up blacked out or suffer from alcohol poisoning.

Actually do the work. Attend your lectures. You may have many online material and textbooks to refer to but attending class is crucial to your understanding of the subject. You will have the professor accessible to ask questions and he/she will give you some tips and tricks that you may not get in the books or elsewhere.

Do your assignments early. It is advisable that you start your assignments the day you get them. You don't have to get far - just enough to get a few points onto the page. You may have a month to hand it in, but there's almost always a reason they've given you so long, and even if you can do it in the last three days, you'll have forgotten the relevant points by then, and pulling an all-nighter will burn you out.

Get good sleep. It's worth mentioning that a decent night's sleep the night before a lecture makes a world of difference. From now on, your weekend starts on Friday afternoon, and ends at Sunday lunchtime. Why? You are paying a lot of money to be at University. If you spend your days partying and you end up failing out, it's all wasted.

It may feel like student loans aren't real debt, but trust me when I say they'll bite you sooner or later. There's plenty of time for having fun while still working hard enough to pass. Time between lectures may be called "free periods", but you should be doing some kind of study in at least some of them.

Find an Internship. If you get an option to take a placement or internship, please take it. Some courses let you take a year (usually between second and third year); some let you take a few months, some arrange placements over the summer holiday. Find one that looks interesting, and take it. Internships are really important because they help you learn about real industry processes as opposed to just what is taught in the University.

Many jobs will require experience, and placements/internships are how you break the catch 22 issue of needing experience to get a job that gives you the experience you need to get the job in the first place.

It's also a great way to try out a job before you make it a career. There are many people who got their dream placement, hated it, and ended up getting a job in something totally different.


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