Coming from a university student myself, there are a multitude of things school doesn’t teach you before entering such a roller coaster of a ride in life. In fact, most tips, such as setting up several alarms, procrastinating last minute and still pulling it off, and chugging a large coffee while reading 3 weeks full of notes before a test, are all self-taught (note: these are not very efficient habits, use at your own risk). One thing we are taught though, is that adult life, which for many starts at university, comes with many responsibilities, activities and struggles one may have never encountered before. Check out five money and time saving tricks university students will universally agree are worth taking note of to keep life fun, stress free and successful!
1. “Broke” is Not in Our Vocabulary
We all enter the shopping centre with the mentality to buy only what is needed, possibly on sale and to spend as little as possible. Similarly, most uni students enter the school year with the same type of thinking, but unfortunately, like our beloved shopping centres, they exit the year or even semester “broke”. Throwing the word “broke” out of its existence isn’t as hard as it may seem. Sitting down and writing out monthly budgets for bills, rent, entertainment, food etc. avoids the horrors of mass credit card charges, ramen noodles for days, and staying home for the weekends rather than having fun with friends. Although it may seem logical to keep telling yourself what you can and can’t buy, sometimes it’s better to have rules on paper, especially when you have a bubble tea addiction (not coming from myself of course…)
1. The “Freshman 15”
Now there is nothing to be ashamed of, as it happens to the best of us, the unlucky “Freshman 15”. With schedules crammed pack with classes, training, studying and possibly even work, what seems to be the most efficient options, aren’t the greatest for our wallets or health. Picking up treats and snacks on the go, and ordering takeaway, may seem quick and easy, but it is also quick and easy to destroy your finances and well-being. Making meal and supermarket plans limits the occurrences of going over one’s monthly budget and feeling like a bloated troll every morning and night. Finally, say goodbye to energy drinks! Although caffeine in general is not the healthiest of ingredients to be putting in your body, coffee and tea are a whole lot more natural and cheaper than pricey chemicals in a can.
3. Balanced Body, Mind and Soul
Sweating out stress is no myth! Even though physical education isn’t mandatory anymore, it doesn’t mean you should completely cut it out from your life! Going on walks in the park before or after class, runs after studying, or even a mini self dance lesson, is a great way to give your body the push to stay and feel good!
4. Balanced Body, Mind and Soul
Due dates are serious for a reason. Time management is crucial at university as professors, whether you learn it the hard way or not, are not as lenient as teachers growing up. Writing dates and times down on a calendar, or setting up an alarm system, is fool proof to failing a test, missing a submission time or sleeping in on exam day. Feeling like there is not time to study? That’s procrastination giving you a wake-up call full of anxiety and stress. No need to fret though. Planning out dedicated study times guarantees readiness and confidence for any big task to come! The most important thing to remember though, is while some may choose to wash their worries away during the weekends partying, alcohol and waking up in public parks won’t get you a diploma, let alone a job in the future.
5. Simplify the Complicated
They don’t lie when they say books will break your back and your mind…unless you simplify! For beginners, textbooks do not need to be dragged to class each time. Taking a picture of necessary pages (possibly a few before and after what is written in the syllabus), will save your back the future bill of scoliosis surgery. As for note taking, colour coding, symbol coding or underlining may prove to be beneficial compared to the old-school solid neon highlighter. Marking statistics with one colour, and circling quotes with another pen, may prove to cooperate with your memory better than yellow lines everywhere. Remember, whole sentences are never worthy to be fully marked. Writing your own sentences in a separate notebook or journal encourages hand to brain memory!
Blog Post written by Dalia Donor | 11:00 , 17 SEPT 2021