If you just picked up your A level results last week and are eagerly anticipating your first year at university, below are five common first year university myths, debunked.
I didn’t find the jump between A levels and university difficult. I study English Literature and I actually found it better, as there was more variety in terms of texts, and in first year, the lecturers wanted to check your basic interpretation of texts and inspire you to start thinking about periods of literature you like and wanted to explore further.
Pre-university, lecturers definitely had a reputation of being unapproachable, mystical beings. However, even after my first week at university, I realised that this wasn’t the case. They were even more approachable and made more time for you than any of my secondary school teachers. They are really invested in your journey as a student, especially if you have a genuine passion for the subject.
There was a teacher that once told me in secondary school that university lecturers take 10% off your mark each day you don’t hand an essay in. I have remembered it for years and was shocked when I arrived at university when the support of extensions or special circumstances were outlined. Universities aren’t scary and they are here to help you if you are struggling with your assignments.
First year doesn’t go towards your final degree classification, but the way I decided to look at it is first year is your year to make mistakes and experiment accidemically. By the end of my first year, I had gained feedback on my writing style, which means I have a detailed idea of what the lecturers are looking for in essays and I know what mistakes not to make. Whereas, if you don’t take first year seriously at all, you are starting at square one in second year and will end up making mistakes when it actually counts towards your degree.
Again throughout Sixth Form people often questioned how different my experience would be to theirs as I was living at home and they were living in halls. However, reflecting upon this after my first year at university, I don’t think my experience was drastically different. I would stay at my friends’s flats if we wanted to go on nights out, I obviously saved money and I had a separate space at home where I could focus on university work. It’s great to live in halls, but actually living at home isn’t hugely different and suits some types of people more.
I hope you have the best first year at university! You truly will have the best time of your life.
Whether you want to grow your skills, get picked up by an employer who needs your specific knowledge, earn more qualifications for your CV, or some combination of the three, the My Need to Live community is here to support you.Join the platform
The My Need to Live Support Directory is a resource created by us to help 16 – 24 year olds find the help, support, organisation or practitioner you need to help them with their wellbeing when they need it.Support directory
Losing one’s job is painful, it can be one of the most destructive events happening in ones life. I should know I have been through a few of them. Most recently I was laid off March 2nd, 2023. An unexpected shock as the organization I worked for gave no indication there would be any form […]
The pain of being laid off is affecting thousands, but mostly in big tech. It saddens me to say I was just laid off and although I did not work or one of the major big tech companies like Twitter, Alphabet and others we were still apart of financial tech. Here is a recent article […]
Happy New Year 2023! What the new year means to me, to you, to the world. It means something different for everyone. Some create resolutions for the new year to be new person, new goals. I am often reminded of when I would attend my local gym, a 24-hour fitness which by the way is […]