So a bit of background information about little old me before I get into this post! I am currently in my 3rd year of studying Pharmacology at the University of Manchester, Uk. Most of you may be thinking, wow, you’re nearly done! Sadly not. I am actually on a placement year working in a lab to get experience for the big scary world out there. After this year I will go back to studying for a year before I finally graduate. I think after 3 years of university so far, I have a lot to share about what University actually teaches you.
1. You will make a lot of friends, and lose a lot of friends!
The first thing you will realise at uni is that you will meet a lot of people, and I mean a lot. I think in my first week I must have talked to hundreds of people, and I don’t remember half of their names. You will quickly see that everyone is trying to make friends as soon as possible and some of them will stay with you for your entire university journey. Some you will lose… and that’s okay! I changed friendship groups soooo many times in the very first semester, but I soon found out who I loved spending time with.
2. How to live by yourself
Okay, so you will learn LOTS of things at uni, how to shop, cook, clean (maybe) and basically how to not starve to death whilst away from home comforts. I am sure many people, don’t really learn this and still get babied by their parents but I for one made it on my own! Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect, but I can cook (kinda) and clean (sometimes) and not fail all my modules. Pretty successful I’d say!
3. The importance of milk
Milk is important. In fact not even milk… butter, bread or any food for that matter. It will be the start of so many fights. If you buy some you are a hero, if you buy your own it will get stolen, if you don’t buy any you will face many snide comments until you give in.
4. How to survive off very little money
You have no money…ever. When at uni I basically live in my overdraft and never leave it until my next student loan comes in! It sucks, but you do learn how to make £10 last for a week’s worth of meals, 2 nights out, and a takeaway on a Friday night. You get very smart when it comes to budgeting but can also blow £100 on one night. It’s a see-saw basically.
5.How to ‘clean’ the communal kitchen.
News flash… you won’t. Despite the complaints from the halls cleaner, several fines and the potentially deadly fungus growing out of the mugs, that kitchen will not get cleaned. It is actually hilarious how crafty you can be. Instead of being productive and actually cleaning, you hide the pots and pans in a bin bag in a cupboard. Yes, that is a thing… its universal. Instead of cleaning you will also spend your time complaining how the cleaner will not clean unless the kitchen is also spotless… again universal. You will learn not go in the kitchen barefoot, how to use pans as bowls and not die from the mouldy crockery.
So that’s uni! The real-life lessons you actually learn are priceless. Uni can be the both the best and worst time of your life but 100% worth it.
What did you learn from uni?! Comment below!