So you’ve done it! You’ve got your offers through accepted or declined, insurance and firm now it’s just a waiting game for your results and for September! So what do you do over the summer?
Firstly think about what you’ve achieved so far… You’ve just finished sixth form/college and are about to go into higher education at university! All the new things you’ll learn, the friends you’ll find and the memories you’ll make. You’ve taken the opportunity to do something that will change your life, you should be proud. Enjoy your freedom before you have to get back to working on your degree.
See your friends and family!
If you’re moving away from home you’ll want to take some time out this summer to really meet up with your friends and have fun! It wont is as easy to meet up with them when you’re gone (they might be off somewhere different too) and you’ll miss them. The same goes for your family and although I’m sure they’ll visit, they’ve had to put up with… I mean lived with you for most of your life and it will be difficult for both sides at first.
You may have heard a lot of people take a gap year before university to travel and work etc. but you could always fit a few trips in the summer before you go to uni! I decided not to have a gap year 1. I had no money to do anything 2. I wanted to get education out of the way so I could get a job and settle down. Me and Jay went to Paris for a few days (gift from his mum for his 21st) It was lovely =] But yeah anyway, go see some places!
Part Time Job!
Now you all know you don’t have to pay off your loan until you are earning 21k a year so re-paying your loan is not the reason for suggesting you get a job. In order to make the most out of being at uni your going to wanna go out with your friends (on student nights as its cheaper) take day trips to the beach or theme parks or meals out or trips to the cinema (Cineworld offer £15 a month unlimited card)
I know you get your loan (Which will mostly go on rent, trust me) And some of you may be lucky enough to get a grant (unlike me) but overall its not going to hurt to have some money in your back pocket. That way you don’t need to go into your overdraft when your low on money (even if student accounts are interest free) and you can enjoy living independently without worrying about money.
Buy some stuff!
Everybody loves buying things =P Not everyone like buying house things granted, but I do! If you’re sharing a kitchen/living space with other people it might be a good idea to speak to them about chipping together for household items you’ll need but most of the time students just buy a load of stuff each and end up with loads =] Plates, bowls, cups, forks knives etc. unless your moving into an already kitted place then you’re going to need these daily things when you move away from home.
Find people on Facebook!
If you weren’t already on social media enough I’m telling you to go on it more! One of the best things I did the summer before I came uni was join the group on Facebook for my course. It meant I got to add people that I was going to be studying with and start to build friendships with them by talking before we go. This way it wasn’t so scary going in on the first day as you already knew some people.
Hope this has helped give you some ideas and things to be thinking about over the summer!
Until next time,