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Top 50 life lessons learnt at university

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Yes, we know that three or four years at university can equip you with a lot of skills: teamwork, communication, perseverance, etc... but also, it can teach you how to perform vital life tasks. Like: going three nights without sleep. Which dishes not to put in the microwave.  And (maybe most importantly of all) how to reuse takeaway containers.

In fact, there are 50 essential life lessons that you learn whilst at university, according to the 1,652 graduates surveyed.

The stats also show during that the first few months of uni students called home up to 20 times a month to ask for advice on how to do things - although this petered out as they grew more settled, and presumably as they learnt how to do all the things listed below.

Here’s the full list of top uni life lessons... which do you agree with?

(Also, just wait for number 50. It made us want to vomit.)

 

1. Budgeting and prioritising


2. Living with others


3. Doing a weekly food shop


4. Paying bills


5. Studying independently


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Managing money


7. Making friends


8. Navigate your way around


9. House / flat hunting


10. Socialising with all sorts of people


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Registering at the doctor or dentist


12. Turning up to lectures at the right time and in the right place


13. Appreciating home


14. Supermarket shopping


15. Coping without mum and dad


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. Skim reading long books


17. Pulling an all-night study session


18. Being considerate towards housemates


19. Using a washing machine


20. Going three nights with no sleep


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21. Making spaghetti Bolognese


22. Using the library


23. Socialising in big groups


24. Cleaning


25. The effectiveness of a good nap


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26. Writing footnotes


27. Looking for a job


28. Setting up the internet


29. Blagging essays


30. Being a good team player


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31. That fridges don’t clean themselves


32. Using fridge space effectively


33. Making sure the house is securely locked / home security


34. Playing pool / pub games


35. Saving energy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36. Blagging ‘group discussions’


37. Getting to lectures in another part of town


38. Using top up gas or electric key


39. General DIY


40. How to use the bus


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41. Setting up a television


42. Which dishes are and aren’t microwaveable


43. Sorting out the boiler


44. Sorting recycling


45. Building flat-pack furniture


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46. Making scrambled egg


47. Fire safety


48. How to re-use takeaway containers


49. How to turn on the cooker or grill


50. You can’t eat mould

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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