When you tell people that you are about to go to university, one of the standard responses is: “Oh, you're so lucky, you’ll have the best time! I wish I was still at university!”
You can also expect to hear a whole ream of anecdotes and advice about how to make the most of your time at university – some incredibly useful and some, unfortunately, not so much so.
We at Times Higher Education Student decided to take this discussion onto Twitter and, using the hashtag #THEuniadvice, asked our followers: “What is the one thing you wish you had known before going to university?” We received many brilliant and varied responses, some of which we have collected below to help you get started on your university journey.
#THEUniAdvice Embrace not being sure who you are or what you want to do. Try each new day on like a new outfit and see how it fits.— Tim Daplyn (@TimAtRedBrick) July 25, 2017
The friendships you make will almost certainly be more valuable than grades you're awarded #THEuniadvice— Tim Sowula (@timsowula) July 25, 2017
Plan out all your major assignments for the term at the start, and assign weeks to do them; leaving all to the end is bad idea #THEUniAdvice— Daniel Woolf (@queensprincipal) August 4, 2017
That "scary" librarian really just wants to help you! #THEUniAdvice— BPP Library Services (@BPPLibrary) July 27, 2017
And the beans on (whole wheat) toast diet is actually quite nutritious. Don't ditch it for the instant noodle diet. #THEUniAdvice— Not a Proper Dr (@PhysicsGirlie) July 27, 2017
Establish how you'll be assessed, and how to excel with minimum work. Then explore: minutiae, other subjects' lectures #THEUniAdvice— ben goldacre (@bengoldacre) August 3, 2017
Ask questions when you have them, with no shame. Having a question is a great sign of engagement. Not a sign of weakness. #THEUniAdvice— Suzanna Forwood (@SuzannaWood) August 4, 2017
#THEUniAdvice that the people who look coolest and most interesting are often the most boring - and vice versa.— (@rachelherriotts) July 26, 2017
These are just some of the responses that we received but there are so many more on #THEUniAdvice.
In fact, if you think something has been missed here, why not send in a video of the one thing you wish you had known before you went to university? The winning entry could receive a £350 smartwatch! We aren't looking for anything perfectly produced, just switch on your phone camera and email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition closes on 30 August 2017.