So, in October, I celebrated my 21st birthday, and as tradition, I wrote out a list of 21 things I’ve learnt in those years of living. I thought it may be a good idea to write another list…but University style, as there’s so much I’ve learnt from the past year and a half of attending it.

Here we go!


  1. Do the reading when it is set, not 2 days before the exam
  2. Always back up your work on more than one device…as I found out that USB sticks tend to break at the most inconvenient of times
  3. Sometimes, sleep and rest is more important than work
  4. Stop stressing about the small things!
  5. Not everyone is going to like you and that is OKAY
  6. Know your limits (alcohol, AND work wise)
  7. Know when it’s time to ask for help
  8. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas
  9. Put yourself out there – even if it’s really uncomfortable
  10. Keep in contact with your tutor – you may not think you need them, but you will
  11. Always start your essays early – give yourself enough time to check it, and then check it again before submitting
  12. Don’t be a afraid to tell noisy people in lectures to shut up – remember this is your education!
  13. While coffee helps in most situations, you cannot live off it
  14. Reach out to your friends during stressful exam times
  15. Always take one day off a week to de-stress. Alone and quiet time is good for the soul
  16. There is no such thing as “I can’t do it”. You CAN do it, you just don’t WANT to – there’s a difference
  17. Always keep your desk tidy
  18. Try not to skip lectures – you’ll fall into the habit of doing it
  19. Also: panopto doesn’t always work so it’s best to actually turn UP to your lectures
  20. Procrastination is a deadly disease – avoid it at all costs
  21. And most importantly, you don’t have to know exactly what you want to do in life – it’s okay to keep your options open or go with the flow. Trust that you’re on the right path and just enjoy your university adventure!


See you all on the flipside!



About Enna

Hiya, I’m Enna and I’m currently studying Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience. I’ll be blogging all about my life as a University of Leicester student, and all the cool things that go on inside AND outside of the Uni. Expect to see blogs all about budgeting, how to join in on the Uni fun, and some of my top student hacks!

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