Emotional Wellbeing

Mandy Kloppers

Real-life tips on surviving stress at university

Starting university can be an incredibly stressful time. For many, it might be the first time that they truly have to be independent and that coupled with the rigorous workload can be extremely overwhelming. Getting through it though can be character-building and can ultimately help get you through life. Complete university and you walk away with not only a degree but also the perfect outlook on life. Read through our real-life tips on surviving university stress, from students who have been in your position and have successfully completed their studies. 


  1. Plan ahead


Many students talk about how creating plans helped them get through their course. They recommended meal planning at the start of the week as a way to cut the cost of your grocery shopping and to also help you manage your time well. They also advise to plan in time for your studies. This is especially important if you are working while completing your course. Sit down at the beginning of each week and work out what time you have and allocate it accordingly. 


  1. Respect deadlines


When creating your study plan it is important to bear deadlines in mind. You really do need to stay on top of these and not let yourself fall behind. Try completing your assignments in order, ensuring that you finish those that are due in the earliest first. It can be easy to fall into the trap of completing easier assignments first but this could lead to you missing deadlines on others. Take a look at our guide to staying mentally strong during tough times if you are struggling with any aspect of your work. 


  1. Get work experience where you can


Remember that the whole goal of working towards a degree is to secure a good job afterwards. To do this, it is essential that you also get work experience where you can. For many taking a placement year is a good way to get the experience that they need in a work environment. If you are wondering what is a placement year, be sure to speak to your advisors at university to find out if it could be right for you based on your chosen course.  


  1. 4. Grades do count in the first year!


Remember to work just as hard in the first year as you intend to do at the end of your course. Your grades might not be worth as much when it comes to your final degree classification but you will kick yourself if you miss out on a higher overall grade because you didn’t work well in the first year.  


  1. Try a society


Remember that this will be the first time that you are out in the world on your own. You have left your friends and family behind and it’s time to build new relationships. Trust us, there will be times when you rely on the friendships that you build at university more than any other that you have built up in your life. Try joining a society to help you meet people and have a fun activity to take part in too.  

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