Public Service Announcement: Uni Goes back Next Week - Here is my uni-ready Guide for anyone who didn’t know, or was ignoring that fact
Ahoy all of you holiday abroad, Greek Island hopping, Splendour in the Grass glitter wearing, Lollapalooza Lana Del Rey Listening and Netflix watching bored Perthians. If university is your thing, don’t freak out, but general classes begin resuming next week. Or maybe you’re already hitting the books. I’m sorry to hear that. Never fear, I know not everyone is naturally organised, nor cares, nor even realised that they had to enrol for semester two yet. Sadly, this winter, I fall into the bored Perthian category of the above list of exotic sounding types of mid year break people. So, despite how pathetic this may sound to you, I am beyond excited to get back to uni, get back into a routine, and have an actual reason, other than work, to get out of bed in the morning. And I mean actually get changed out of my pyjamas and into something a little more enthralling. So, I thought I’d harness my excitement for my upcoming semester of learning and immense organisation skills now, and write a quick uni-ready guide, before I look back and hate myself for writing such a thing in two weeks time when I already feel ten weeks behind. This post is my attempt at avoiding that feeling, and hopefully will help some of you out as well.
My uni-ready guide is simple, to the point, and works. I know this because I have streamlined it over the past year and a half, to make it as simple and easy as possible. Minimal effort people.
Step 1. Get yourself some uni-appropriate outfits (no I am NOT talking about active *sorry* leisurewear)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - if you dress like you're put together on the outside, you’ll feel more put together on the inside. You’ll be more productive, more confident, and far less likely to take a nap. Thus, this makes for great success. And I think I’ve nailed uni dressing to a tee (pardon the pun). Uni dressing is similar to school - it’s all about creating a bunch of uniforms that you can interchange in a bid to avoid outfit repeating too often, whilst remaining comfortable and appropriate. There will be a sneaky video coming on this soon, but I will prelude it with my go-to uni look. Jeans, sneakers, a t-shirt, a jacket, a backpack, and don’t forget a trusty umbrella in this glorious weather. The trick here is to wear this same outfit, over and over again - expect switching up the actual clothing items you choose. On Monday, wear blue jeans and black t-shirt. Tuesday, wear black jeans, a striped shirt, and a different jacket. Then repeat that outfit next Tuesday, and swap Tuesdays version for Monday. No outfit repeating week after week in exactly the same lectures, done and dusted. It’ll take the stress out of getting ready in the morning, and you’ll always be stylish yet practical.
Step 2. Get around iCal
School taught, sorry drilled, into me that using a date planner or diary, the hardcopy version, was the way to go. And so after seven years of doing just that, for the first year of uni I followed suit. I rejected technology like someone 50 years my senior. However, I have recently fully committed to the change. I book in everything from coffee with friends to due dates, scheduled blog posts, classes, budget checking - you name it, it’s in my iCal. And I colour code. Blue for personal events, orange for work, pink for uni, green for financial, purple for blog. That makes it way easier to look at my week ahead or month in advance, and saves me carrying an extra book around. Plus, anything I put on my laptop iCal automatically syncs to my phone, so I am never without a calendar. No more excuses.
Step 3. Embrace it
For some of us, including me, this semester marks the beginning of the second half of our undergraduate degree. I don’t know about anyone else, but I honestly can’t believe how fast time has flown by since graduating high school. Uni student life is honestly the best. Yes we have assignments, exams, and all of that good stuff. But despite how crazy it might seem now, this is our last chance to blow our responsibilities and relax before real adult life hits us all in the face. So lap it up before it’s too late. You’ll probably never have a job that gives you three months off over summer ever again. The exam stress is definitely worth it for that kind of break. I will 110% regret writing this when I get served my first essay for the semester but I am living in denial at the moment.
Sorry if I broke anyone out of their blissful, ignorant, holiday state. Sincere apologies friends.