How will your relationships change during uni?
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I have always heard that "first year is the best year of your life." In second year I am only starting to notice this. It’s not because of the freedom and little focus on work that my first year brought but the relationships that came with it. Halfway through my degree I am realising that my relationships - whether that be friends, romantic or family - are changing. I thought I’d look at each relationship specifically... ‘Ooo, Uni Friend?’ Another much appreciated bit of information I got before uni was how my friendships would change with an increase in work throughout my degree. This is what I heard: First year: you make new friends - in freshers almost everyone is happy to say hello and for the majority of the yeareveryone’s your friend. These friendships may or may not be real. Be aware of this. Second year: you settle down with close friends - from first year you’ve you’ve grown your own group of friends, with a strong bond. This is likely to be the point at which foundations are set for your post-uni frienships. Third year: you find it hard to spend time with friends - with the build up in work you’ve got to find time to stop and just spend it with your mates. Life isn’t all work, work, work, I’ve heard. Make time for your friends and socialising and the work/stress will seem much less daunting. In general, good advice would be to balance out your time between friends and work as a priority. But the next section requires a much more delicate balance act.
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