6 Mistakes to Avoid at University!

6 Mistakes to Avoid at University!
Your time at university will pass by a lot quicker than you might think, which is why we wanted to share 6 mistakes you should avoid if you want to make the most of your student years!

Going into your overdraft

As a student, banks will be jumping at the chance to offer you an interest-free overdraft. Whilst this might be very tempting, from my experience, you should avoid having one at all. It’s nice to have as a backup, in case you accidentally go over your limit, but try not to view it as free money you can use whenever you feel like it.
 
  Once you’re in your overdraft, it’s very hard to crawl your way back out again, it’s as simple as that. There’s nothing more depressing than working alongside your studies and not see any rewards, as your salary will quickly be eaten up again by your overdraft. Of course, you might not have any choice in the matter, but if you do, don’t fall into the trap.

Feeling like you have to go out every night

University is a time for making friends, going out and having fun. It’s normal to want to go out every night at the beginning of the year, but your body will soon start feeling the effects. Not to mention your bank account. Sometimes you just have to be strong enough to say no and stay in with a nice hot chocolate, study or have some down time. Going out twice a week is more than enough for your body, mind and bank account.
 
 

Missing lectures

Waking up hungover will also mean you’re much less likely to go to lectures the next day. Everyone misses lectures at university for one reason or another; none of us are saints. You’ve probably told yourself time and time again that it doesn’t matter if you miss your 9 am class; the lecturer puts it all online anyway. It’s just as easy to miss that 5 pm lecture; you’re tired from hanging around all day and no-one will even notice if you don’t turn up.
 
  However, don't forget that those lectures are the reason you’re at university, and you’re paying a lot of money for those precious few hours, so make the most of them. Not only will making sure you attend all your classes mean you won’t feel lost and will therefore feel much less stressed out, going to classes is the opportunity to get to know your classmates. After all, these people have chosen the same degree as you and you might have a lot in common. It also means you can help each other out when it comes to exam time.

Not joining a society

Finding a society that suits you is easier for some than others. If you practiced netball at school, the choice is quite obvious. However, if you didn’t practice any sport or hobby in particular, it can be quite intimidating to join a society you don’t know anything about. It’s important not to miss out on this important part of student life. Go along to a few different societies until you find one you like.
 
Remember, everyone is new and, like you, most people don’t know anyone. Even if you’re in second or third year, it’s never too late. Being part of a university society will allow you to meet new people, go on trips, attend events and can also look impressive on your CV, especially if you decide to become president or hold another important position within the society.

Falling out of a routine

Gone are the days of arriving at school before 9 am five days a week, having the role called by your form tutor to make sure you weren’t skipping class, coming home after a long day and doing your homework. Even though you might not have appreciated having such a structured routine and can’t believe how lucky you are to be able to get up late and have breaks all day long, it’s not always as great as you might think.
 
Not having a set routine can make us lazy. The smallest tasks can seem like a massive effort; even just walking into town to post a letter can make us shudder, never mind getting up at 8 am and going to the library all day to study. This is why it’s important to get yourself into a routine, sign up for a sports club or your local gym, or try writing down everything you need to do for the week. This little acts can give your life some structure, stay productive and help you avoid becoming demotivated.

Not carrying out work experience

Make the most of your holidays to carry out some form of work experience, whether it be one week shadowing in a law firm or a summer placement with a well-known company – do it! Never underestimate the importance carrying out work experience can have when applying for jobs after university.
 
Not only will it show that you are pro-active, motivated and serious about your career, it also proves that you have worked in a specific area and enjoyed the kind of work you carried out, meaning recruiters will be more likely to hire you. If you carried out a summer placement or internship with a large company, they may also be more likely to employ you for a graduate scheme if they know you have previously worked for them. It can be hard to make time for work experience, especially if it’s unpaid (you are a student after all), but definitely make the effort to gain experience adapted in the area you would like to work in. We hope these tips have helped you and don't forget that university is a once in a life time experience - make the most of it! :)  find job or internship wizbii