University is a great experience that can benefit your future in so many ways.
We all remember that time when we packed up our suitcases and said goodbye to teary parents on the driveway, ready to take one of the biggest steps of our lives – University.
University life opens so many doors for you. Young students are granted the freedom to lay out their own future for themselves, as new adults.
So what’s life like for the average British Asian University student? We have some useful tips on how you can make University life work best for you.
Living away from home for the first time is definitely hard work, especially for those British Asians who are used to their mum’s roti and daal/salan every night when they came home from school.
But now you’re an adult and the responsibility to look after yourself is all down to you. That means, cooking your own meals, shopping for groceries, cleaning your own room and doing your laundry – regularly!
For many Asians this can be a tough juggling act, but organisation is the key. The best way is to keep a rota for laundry day and grocery shopping.
If you’re living in halls or sharing with other students then you can try and rotate cleaning and shopping with them, or even pick a day to do them all together – that way they won’t seem so much of a chore.
Many British Asian students find the university transition a prime time for their social life to boom.
Independence and freedom, especially for those living away from home; university accommodation is a great way of forming strong bonds with people by sharing the same building, kitchen and sometimes even room!
Universities life also offers opportunities for student clubbing and enjoying the night-life. Many British Asians seize this opportunity and experience this life to the max.
However, too much of a good thing can be bad. The dangers of excessive partying and drinking can lead to serious long-term effects. Although it may seem at the time that the only negative outcome of an ‘all nighter’ is being hung over the next day for lectures, excessive drinking can cause serious damage to your health.
Drink and partying can also lead to other opportunities like drugs, and sometimes peer pressure can lead to you to trying things you didn’t intend to do. Be free to enjoy yourself as much as possible, but know what you’re doing.
Statistics show that the average number of sexual partners at university is around 4.
Many students also find their long term partner in the first week of Fresher’s.
So it can be said that students are pretty active in connecting with fellow peers!
For many British Asians it is a lot easier to maintain a more easy going relationship at university than being at home. Some British Asians are not necessarily ‘allowed to’ or are frowned upon for being in a relationship before marriage.
University offer British Asian students to have a more relaxed approach to relationships, allowing them to meet and date a number of people, you could even meet your future spouse!
A great way for students to meet new people is through societies. Societies are usually student run organisations that allow for a group of people with similar interests to share hobbies, interests, or to promote professional development.
Asian societies are very common, some universities even offer more individualised groups that separate into nationalities, e.g. Indian/Pakistani societies etc. They can ensure that British Asian students still feel the cultural aspect of their lives.
It is a great way to meet other Asian students – sometimes you just have more in common with a fellow Asian friend as they have experienced similar home life as you have. It could also open up to potential dating relationships – you never know!
Of course, university isn’t all about having fun, there is some serious work involved, especially if you’re on an intensive course that will lead you straight onto your career path.
While many say that first year doesn’t count to your final classification, it’s still important to pay attention and learn to adjust to the different teaching styles and expectations.
It’s definitely not like being at school where you can guarantee your teacher will chase you for missed homework. At university, it’s different – the responsibility to study and turn up to lectures lies entirely with you, so it’s important to take it seriously.
Finance is a big issue for many young students going to university. Paying for accommodation, tuition fees, weekly food, study equipment and on events is a difficult task for anyone to overcome.
With the rise of tuition fees to almost £9,000 per year, the task has become even harder. However the government does offer grants for students in some circumstances, although taking out a student loan is a popular option – you don’t have to pay this back until you are in full employment.
It is even common at some university’s where students from ethnic minorities receive a grant each year for simply attending the university itself, so see if you can qualify.
University is a great experience that can benefit your future in so many ways. It will allow you to become the independent, approachable and confident person that all the employers are looking for. Most importantly, it will prepare you for the bigger, more scarier world after education.