First off, congrats to all of you going off to uni this month!! A-Levels must of been stressful at times, but you got through them 🙂
Whether you did, or did not, get onto the course you wanted or into your preferred uni is not the point. Literally, it’s so not the point. Whatever has happened as a result of your grades has specific purpose in your life. Let me elaborate on this. Here’s my little anecdote.
When my a-level results came, I was genuinely upset. I was confused. To be honest I had pride. I used to think ‘I can’t do bad, even my bad is someone’s exceptional so I’m fine’… I know I was a right douche :D!
Anyways so these results came and I logged into ucas and I did not get into my first choice. My jaw dropped. I had already envisioned life on that campus, had sorted the accommodation, in my mind I was so set.
It was a little hurtful.
However, there was always this feeling within, I believe now as an inner witness from the Holy Spirit, that told me I was meant to be at Kent University which was my insurance. I just chose to ignore it throughout year 13.
Don’t expect me to go : ‘Yeah I moved in and everything went swimmingly well’.
Nope. Everything was uncomfortable. Settling into uni took the longest time. I can honestly say I didn’t feel comfortable until after January. My emotions were all over the place, I didn’t know how to process this big change. BUT GOD… Seriously, God knew I would have trouble. So He placed beautiful people around me, favoured me in all assignments (testimony soon come!), and gave me a place where I felt secure and where I experienced His love. This was Christian Union. I swear when I say I loved everyone that came into the room I did. God had placed me in a foreign environment to allow me to see how through all the motions He remained so faithful.
I would ask God, why have we come here? What am I meant to do here?….
Now I can actually say, I have experienced a glimpse of the prosperous journey He wants to take me on. University will be the making of me because God only has plans to prosper me! x
God will turn any disappointment into joy and laughter. Always hold on to that, wherever this journey called life takes you.
But back to my original message… I’m posing a question to all of you: What are you going to university with? Now, you could answer this in different ways but I’m talking about the practical things you should think about before going to university. Here are the most important things that have come up in terms of preparation.
- To all those on courses where you need to read a lot – BUY YOUR BOOKS.
I understand the whole ‘I can borrow them from the library’. Trust me, I had like 16 books on loan just because I could ( I only used about 3). When the time came that I actually needed most of them I had to return them because someone else had reserved them. Receiving those emails made me sigh so loudly.
I also have a forgetful mind, so I forgot to renew them. Remember I had like 16 books, and each day overdue is 50p per book…..
So you see where my loan money went then:)
Yes, buy your books ladies and gents, even used ones come out quite cheap. Just get’em.
- LEARN HOW TO COOK (or find friends that can)
Specifically for my fellow African’s it is not everyday rice and stew. I beg we need variety in this life guys. Try new and different foods to fill your body with all the good stuff. Cook in bulk too! Saves time in the kitchen. I did two big dishes on a Sunday afternoon and then packed them, one for each day, switching it up as I went along. Plus, I had days where a friend would bless my tummy, We thank God. I’m a person who doesn’t particularly enjoy cooking so I would either cook with someone or blast music whilst doing it alone. Find what works for you 🙂
- PLAN EACH DAY
I understand, some days there will be unexpected events that will throw you off course but if you have a solid plan for each day, you will have such clarity on the way the day would go. You’d be focused and motivated to tick stuff off the list. When you get your timetable, plan in societies and clubs. Most importantly, plan in study time. Think about your most productive hours in the day and do most of your independent work during that period of time.
- FIGURE OUT HOW YOUR GOING TO TAKE NOTES
This one is a must!. Will you type them, write them rough then type them, write them rough and then write them out neatly? Figure this one out and your half way there. Once you have a strategy in place you can create a routine around it so you get all your notes done in time. My first year there was one lecture I grabbed scrap from the back of my friends book…crumpled paper for an hour’s lecture. Don’t be like me, don’t be a mess lol x
All in all folks, prepare! Get yourself ready for an amazing journey where you’ll explore your independence, find out things about yourselves and meet life-long friends. Preparation is key to release yourself from stress. Start as you mean to go on.
Defo don’t do all nighters in the first year. To be honest I came with the mentality that I want to do them for the bants which is not healthy , but I did want to see if I could stay up for the whole night.
Basically, older years would look at us first years in disgust. To be honest I understand why now. If we were on it from day one, we would not have been in those situations. But if you want to do all nighters be my guest. Snacking all night was the best bit. Just get some good sleep afterwards yeah? 😉
Of course I couldn’t leave you without telling you that God has made us efficient. I know it’s hard to believe. Even getting out of bed can be a struggle so how can we be doing so many things at one time. Well ladies and gents, I like to think about it this way. God is so diligent in His work. The world made in 6 days and He even rested and saw it was good? Wow. We can be this efficient too! Holy Spirit is the one who will help us. Holy Spirit strengthens us and it’s good when we realise areas in which we need to improve. Pray about it! It’s amazing when we acknowledge that God can take our weaknesses and strengthen us to tackle them.
Our God is a God of order, so we should aim to please and honour Him in all areas in our lives.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1 ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’
Use your time wisely!
Gina 🙂 x
P.S. I know I address first years, but I am learning from my own list. Go Holy Spirit! x