What I wish I'd know when I was applying to Uni


Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
Category: Student Ambassador

21 April 2017

I’ve been at ARU for a few months now, so am still finding my feet with University life. As an Adult Nurse, my university experience is probably a bit different to regular students, but I reckon I’ve got some tips that would help anyone out, so here goes:

  1. Lectures start early!   Even as early as 9am. If you're living in halls of residence (for nurses) you want to be up way before 8am to getting you to your lecture theatre. That means by foot (45 minutes), cycling (20 minutes), bus (30 minutes), car (not ideal because you cannot park at campus).
  2. Do invest your time in books they've recommended to you. That means yes buying books that cost £40 and over.  Top tip: look online and see if you can get them second hand from students in the year above you.
  3. Time management: Learn to cope on your own because at university it is all about time management. You can achieve so much if you sort yourself out, whether it's doing revision, cooking or hanging out with your friends.  
  4. Do go out and explore Cambridge - it's beautiful.
  5. Socialise and interact with people it will grow your confidence.  Uni isn’t just about the academic stuff.
  6. Join sports, give it a go sessions or a society.  I love taking part in Judo and find it a great way to unwind.
  7. It’s never too late to go to university. You will get the mix of people from all backgrounds, diversity and age. Learn from them and grow as a person.
  8. Always have fun no matter what you are doing.  It’s important to balance your study and life balance.
  9. If you are good at something help your classmate and be there to support them. You never know when you need them.
  10. If you have free time become a student ambassador and earn a little money to treat yourself.  I love being a student ambassador and in my free time, can often be found on campus helping out with school visits, open days and applicant interviews.


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