This is a list of the five things that have made my university experience easier. I thought I would share them on here to hopefully benefit those about to leave for uni or those already attending. Click on all the pictures to view the items on their websites, all of the pictures are of the products I purchased.
Getting a diary was one of the first things I did when coming to Newcastle. It may seem obvious but I know a lot of people who go without one and never remember or know their hand in/coursework/social dates. It has been one of the most helpful products to make my life easier here. Obviously a diary is for keeping dates in and when it comes to writing all your social, coursework and exam dates in it becomes somewhat invaluable to you if you use it properly. Some things I would suggest:
I have found that having a printer has been hugely helpful too. When it comes to printing work or readings or even travel documents a printer makes things effortless, especially for last minute work printing (Which happens a lot) I wanted a printer that is incredibly simple to use with no bluetooth or anything, just a wire to my laptop to print easily, and this one does a good job. So many university printers are hard to use and are usually very busy. They also only give you a certain limited amount of credits to print with, and are funny about photocopying books. So this makes the following a lot easier to do on your own printer:
A Mattress Topper
Although this type of product can be seen as luxury and people feel they have no need for it, sleep is extremely important, sleeping comfortably is hugely beneficial. This something I also bought before my first day in halls. There are many things mattress toppers are good for and you can find good mattress toppers at the moment ranging from £20 - £70. Mine is made of memory foam which I would strongly advise, but both memory foam and quilted mattress toppers would be also serve the same purpose.
This is something I have only just got myself. The typical student is seen as never having money. This I feel would be a lot less true if students had a constant monitor of their finances. I have certainly stopped spending a lot more than I would have if I had to go to an ATM every time I wanted my balance. Before I would adopt the mentality that if I can't see it then I can spend whatever now and worry later, which is why cards can be very dangerous. In a society where mostly everything is online and paid for by card being able to closely track your finances is hugely beneficial, especially as a student.
Emails directly to your phone
This is also something a lot of students don't do, which also couldn't be easier or more helpful. There are many plus sides to having your emails go directly to your phone. Universities will normally always contact you through email for a multitude of different things. You will get allocated an email at the start of your university course and this is what they will use to keep constant contact. Having university emails go straight to your phone will mean you can read and reply much quicker than checking when you get home or in uni, keeping up to the minute on latest information from the university. This will definitely come in handy, as things like last minute lecture changes, important notices, updates and meeting times are a regular occurrence. All my emails go to my phone allowing me to respond to anything immediately.
Hope all of this helps !
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