Student life: Expectation vs. Reality
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Student life: Expectation vs. Reality

Student life: Expectation vs. Reality

Before entering uni, you’re sold a pretty sweet deal: a magical place where you make new friends, expand your mind, gain new experiences, and learn to become an independent, self-sufficient adult.

While the reality isn’t too far from that (hopefully), there’s a lot of trial and error before you’re able to get to that point.

So for all you who’ve yet to experience student life at university, here is a much-needed dose of reality, while for those of you who have already been in their shoes, try not to sigh over your past naïveté.

1. Student accommodation

Expectation:

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Reality:

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2. Waking up for morning lectures

Expectation:

Reality:

3. Class participation

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4. Completing assignments

Expectation:

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5. Group work

Expectation:

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Reality:

6. Learning to cook for yourself

Expectation:

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7. Joining clubs and societies

Expectation:

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8. Socialising

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9. Rockin’ a new fashion style

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10. Study time

Expectation:

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Reality:

11. Taking exams

Expectation:

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12. After your student loan comes in

Expectation:

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13. On-campus romance

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14. Getting the hang of this “adulting” thing

Expectation:

Reality:

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The best thing about uni, though, is the fact that you’re not in it alone! There are hundreds of other students in the exact same boat as you, so make the most of it, and don’t forget to have fun! (Not to the point that you don’t study, of course. But you get what we mean.)

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