Returning students know the hardships of varsity life and what it feels like to eat canned foods and noodles most of the time. It is really not a focal point but it comes with the package named “Adulting” and this is one package is definitely a test of time.

Being in first year at university, whether its Wits University, University of Johannesburg or any other University in SA is not an easy experience because so many things are happening at the same time. They require that you make smart and productive choices which turns out to be a stumbling block for some due to the fact that this is the first sense of liberation they are experiencing and it drives them to do everything they set their eyes on…even the wrong things!

9 Tips on Adulting in Tertiary for First Years,

  1. Get to know your campus: Going to orientation doesn’t seem all that fun and glamorous but the faster you learn your way around campus the better.
  2. Budget and track your money/spending: Adulting 101 kicks in the moment you have some bills to pay. From paying for your textbooks to paying rent it is all your responsibility.
  3. Stay healthy/Eat right: Ensure that you get plenty of sleep, take your vitamins and eat right. Especially since you not being served balanced meals by mommy
  4. Go to class: Seems obvious, right? Maybe, but sleeping in and skipping that 8:00 am class will be tempting at times. Avoid the temptation!
  5. Make Friends: There are thousands of students at uni and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Making new friends can be extremely hard when you first.
  6. Make time for you: This may sound cliché but it’s important to take some time from your busy schedule to do activities that help you relax and take the stress of life away. Be it yoga, watching your favourite TV series, jogging or writing in a journal, just be good to yourself and give your brain a break.
  7. Seek a balance: Varsity life is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don’t tip the balance too far in either direction. Try live by this motto “study hard so you could play hard.”
  8. Take responsibility of yourself and your actions: Don’t look to place the blame on others for your mistakes; own up to them and move on. Being an adult means taking responsibility for everything that happens to you.
  9. Don’t be too hard on yourself: Tertiary study can be a learning curve and it might take you a while to get settled. Don’t expect to get perfect grades straight away and try to enjoy your time at uni while it lasts.

It takes time to find your feet but with these guidelines it will surely take less time and it will be more effective!

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