My morning usually starts at 7:00 am where I have two alarms to get me up (because trust me, the first one never works)!
Once I’m up, I usually try to make a healthy nutritious breakfast to get the day rolling – breakfast is the most important meal of the day . Yes, yes! I know what you’re thinking: ‘But I don’t have time in the morning to eat breakfast.’ My answer to this is always ‘make time’! I promise you will feel so much better if you do. Not only does it start your metabolism for the day but it can also improve the way you think. I usually have something like porridge with fruit or a smoothie.
Once I have my breakfast, it’s time to get ready. I usually wear something comfortable on the Monday as it’s a long day of lectures and seminars (uncomfortable clothing will not be your best friend, but jeans will be). Then I make sure I’m out of the door by 8 o’clock to catch the Met Rider bus.
On a Monday, I have my first lecture at 9am. At the moment, as part of my English Literature and Creative Writing degree, we are studying Monsters, Cyborgs and Imaginary Worlds (so cool). After the hour is over, I will have a one hour free period. I like to either go grab a coffee with my friends or go to the library and get a bit of studying/reading done.
After my free period, I have a two hour creative writing workshop titled ‘Urban and Contemporary Writing.’ It falls quite early on a Monday morning so it helps me to feel inspired for the rest of the day. This is one of my favourite classes and I highly recommend it.
After the creative intensity of the lesson, I have another, 2 hour free period. Sometimes I will grab lunch from K1 Cafe and go to the library, or have lunch with friends, or I will go back home for a quick couple of hours to sneak in a cheeky bit of chill out time. Then I have full-on lectures/seminars for the rest of the day: I have my ‘Monsters’ seminar from 2-3pm, ‘Children’s Literature’ lecture from 3-4pm, and lastly my ‘Romanticism’ lecture from 4-5pm.
(My quick tip for anyone taking this course is to make sure you have a good lunch, packed with energy or caffeine, as it can be hard to focus from the afternoon onwards – especially with heavy topics such as Romanticism where you need to take a lot of information in!)
Once the lessons are over, I catch the bus again and make my way back home. I’m usually shattered by this point in the day as the result of an information brain-overload, so I will sit and chill out for a couple of hours by reading a book or spending some time with my partner. We usually make and eat dinner together, often it’s a three bean chilli and rice – if you have not tried it, it is delicious and will become one of your staples very soon!
Sometimes I do a quick 30 minute workout before or after dinner to make sure I’m moving my body after a whole day of sitting in lectures and seminars, followed by a quick 20 minutes of meditation before bed, which helps me sleep better and stay focused.
My quick tips for life at Uni:
- Keep a water bottle and stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Have a schedule of your timetable in your academic year diary or up on your wall so that you will be reminded of it every day.
- Always keep a notebook, pen, and USB in your bag (you never know when you’re going to need them).
- Meal prep! This will not only help you to stay healthy, but you will to save a butt load of time and money! Poor students can’t live off of takeaways and beans on toast forever.
- If you’re stuck with taking revision notes or not adapting to the new learning style of university, try to find out what kind of learner you are, e.g. audio, sight, or touch. It can help improve your grades and concentration so much if you know what your best way of learning is. I’m an audio and sight learner so I like to make sure my notes are colourful, and that I record lectures/seminars on my phone or take notes from what the lecturer is saying, and not what’s on the board.
I hope this insight into my typical day at university as an English Literature and Creative Writing student (as well as the quick tips) have helped!