Whether to go to university or not is a big life choice for many of us. Some of us will have known that we’ve wanted to go to university since a young age. Some of us won’t be remotely interested in the prospect. If university does appeal to you, here are a few simple steps that you can take to prepare yourself as best possible!
Choosing a Course
The first step that you should probably take is deciding on what kind of course you’d like to study. This will determine what career path you can take and what doors will be open to you! There are thousands of different courses out there, so think long and hard before settling. You may want to do a course because you simply love the subject. You may want to do a course because it will allow you access to your dream career.
Choosing a University
There are so many different universities out there to choose from and no single one is necessarily going to be better for everyone than another. Of course, there are the university league tables, which rank different institutions in general and in terms of subject. Higher rankings universities may give you better prospects, but you need to ensure that they’re offering courses you actually like and are interested in too. Try to strike a balance between reputation, student satisfaction ratings and courses that tick your particular boxes.
If you choose a uni that’s close to home and you have someone you can live with, you may not even need to move out into university accommodation. You can save a lot of money in this way. But if you’re heading further afield, you’re definitely going to need to find somewhere to live. Student accommodation comes in many different shapes and sizes, so you’re going to have to browse your options to find the best for you. Generally speaking, first-year students will live on-campus. However, second and third-year students tend to move into shared student housing. Whatever option you go for, make sure to choose high-quality accommodation where you can feel comfortable and at home. You can find out more, here.
Getting Ahead of the Reading List
Most courses will have some sort of reading list. Request this before starting so you can find the books and get started on them. This will reduce pressure on you during your first few weeks, where you might like to focus on socialising and settling in. Remember, when buying academic books, it’s generally best to buy second hand. This will save you a lot of money and chances are the previous owners won’t have actually used it much, so it may be just like new.
These are just a few different things you might want to do when planning your journey to university. There are, of course, other areas to focus on too. But hopefully, the areas outlined above should help to get you started off on the right path!
For more posts about university, check out the ‘University’ section of my blog here.
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