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  1. The world, shockingly, doesn’t revolve around you.
  2. People come and go. You will outgrow them and that is completely normal and healthy. The ones that matter will somehow always be there.
  3. When a problem seems really big, sleep on it and see how you feel in the morning.
  4. If you are really angry with someone, the best thing to do is to try and forgive him or her, as it will damage you otherwise.
  5. Everyone is dealing with their own issues, so you should always be mindful before judging someone.
  6. Positivity is definitely drawn to positivity. You can’t expect the world around you to make you happy when you aren’t happy with yourself.
  7. There is a certain beauty in sadness. It makes you more receptive.
  8. Don’t go over the past and keep knocking yourself for not having tried harder. You did your best at the time.
  9. Make more time for family; in the end they are the ones that love you unconditionally and they won’t be around forever.
  10. Love is an idea, you don’t love someone but you love the thought of being with them.
  11. Never abandon things that make you happy. I used to play the piano and make a lot of art, I stopped for a while and it made me very confused about who I am as a person.
  12. Never forget where you are from. It is easy to get absorbed by the luxuries of today, but remembering how you got there in the first place makes you humble.
  13. Don’t worry too much. Anxiety can sometimes get the better of you, but removing yourself from the situation and letting things develop in their own natural course can save you a lot of stress.
  14. Don’t take things for granted and enjoy the moment. Sometimes we get comfortable with certain situations or people in our lives. Unfortunately life isn’t permanent and things will always change. Appreciate the now and cherish the memories.
  15. Make effort with friendships. Don’t expect the other person to always try and maintain your relationship, it’s a two way street.
  16. Don’t do anything out of feeling sorry for others, while knowing deep down that you don’t want to do it. It will go against your better judgement and ultimately make you unhappy.
  17. Money isn’t everything. Of course, it helps to be financially secure and have nice things, but it isn’t the be-all and end-all.
  18. Don’t moan about things and never do anything about them. You will just grind on everyone’s gears and feel very unproductive.
  19. Don’t leave things until the last minute. I have played with fire when it comes to deadlines and one time I got really ill and couldn’t finish the task. It was a valuable lesson but I never want to face that embarrassment again,
  20. Put yourself first when it comes to happiness. If something is making you unhappy either do something about it or remove it from your life.

It has been a long time since I filmed a video for my YouTube channel, but I am back hoping to actually stick around this time! This video shouldn’t be taken too seriously but here are my tips with some personal experiences on how to deal with first year at university!uni videoIn this video I discuss budgeting, studying and living with strangers!

As a student, you will face a lot of financial dilemmas because your money will be disappearing like never before. Books, clothes, food, drinks, events and travel all need to be paid for, but luckily there are some perks to being a student as we get a lot of special discounts!

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16-25 Railcard

If you are far away from home, getting the train will become a regular occurrence in your life (unless your parents are extremely nice and will give you lifts half way up the country). The 16-25 Railcard provides a 1/3 off of all train tickets, it may not sound like a lot but over time it really does add up, especially if your university is very far away from home and ticket prices aren’t cheap. If you register for a student bank account with Santander, you get a free railcard for 4 years!

My Unidays

My Unidays is a website that puts all of the current offers that you can find for students in one place. They also regularly send you emails with some latest deals if you do not have time to check their website. For example this week they let me know that GHD has 20% off and so does Michael Kors on their selected watches. (Not that I will be splashing out on an MK watch any time soon) A lot of the times they also show deals for restaurants etc.

Save The Student

Save The Student is a lot like My Unidays, but it has a bigger selection of deals and a wider range of resources. Not only do they update you on the current deals, they also give you advice on saving money as a student on bigger things such as accommodation and jobs.

NUS & NUS+

NUS and NUS+ is a similar concept to Unidays, however you have to have physical proof that you are eligible for NUS deals. Your University ID will have a regular NUS sign on it and for NUS+ you have to pay £12 a year, but in the long run it will save you so much money, it is completely worth it! Some of their current deals include 40% off at Pizza Express, 5% off millions of Amazon Products and 15% off MyProtein.

Amazon Student

If you register as a student for Amazon or update your existing account, it will ask you for your university email for verification. Then you can enjoy free next day delivery, or if you opt to use the 3-5 day regular service, you can get points towards Kindle Books and Amazon Video. You get a free trial for 6 months, after 6 months, it is £39 a year. (if you don’t enjoy the free 6 month trial, do not forget to opt out.)

Extra Tips

Some shops or restaurants will not advertise that they do student discounts, you can always ask if they do as you have nothing to lose!