5 ways to keep yourself happy at university
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There’s that constant cliché that the years at university are the happiest years of your life: cherish them, never forget them etc. etc. However university life can also act as a backlash to this stereotype and can often fling a student into unhappiness. Being a fresher is great; you meet new people, gain independence from parents, and get to drink on consecutive nights. It’s a break from real life and this is temporarily brilliant. However things change and you have to grow up. Second year comes and the work load steps up, you start to miss home, argue with flat mates and start to slack with work. The drinking has made you put on weight and you really feel as if you’re starting to live life recklessly. There’s no structure to your days and sometimes you can’t even sleep at night. It gets to the point when you start debating why you ever chose your course, or what you are ever going to amount to. Don’t worry… we’ve all been there before. It’s true, university changes you - a lot. So I’ve compiled a few methods to try if you ever feel down at university: Get a routine and set yourself goals It’s a simple one, but structure is extremely important. You can either work to a strict timetable (Lecture at 10:00, Library at 12:00) or try and set yourself reasonable goals to complete throughout the day. For me personally I find it hard to stick straight to the timetabling method and find it suits me to set myself goals; it doesn’t matter what time these goals get completed, just as long as they are completed before the day ends. There is also something quite rewarding in ticking off a list; a feeling of completion. With a structure routine it will bring significance to your day, and it means you can plan ahead with deadlines, meetings and extra-curricular activities. Oh, also listen to your mother and keep your room tidy! Keep yourself busy
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