Congrats on getting into one of the top universities in London – but how can you ensure that you will thrive there?
You wrote a stellar personal statement. You aced the interview. You studied hard and got your A level results. You made it into one of the top universities in London! Does it end there? Absolutely not! It’s merely the beginning!
London is a great city and one of the top destinations for student globally to pursue further studies. However, not all of them can make it to the end of their courses. Here are my five tips on succeeding at a London university.
Always prioritise your studies
Do not forget the reason why you tried so hard to get into your course – it is because this is the degree of your dreams, and you have gone through all the pain (getting the A-level/ IB grades, writing the personal statement, attending interviews) to get in. Do not let any of that go to waste and always go back to WHY you want to go to university in the first place. Use this as a motivation and do not be tempted and get too carried away by the freedom and fun a London university offers.
This should always be your number one priority.
Be proactive and seek opportunities
As with many other major cities in the world, people from London can sometimes appear to be cold. You might feel that you are not getting the attention and recognition you deserve for your hard work because everyone at university – professors, tutors and students are simply too occupied with their own work. Be proactive. Talk to people. Find out how you can make the most of your time at university: get involved as a committee member for a society, be the representative for your course, or even start a new club. Don’t wait for opportunities to knock on your door because that will not happen.
…and get help if necessary
Following on the previous point, you might end up feeling alone when others around don’t seem to care. Go talk to your friends or tutor regarding your worries and concerns. If you feel uncomfortable or awkward sharing your troubles with someone you know, seek assistance from the student services / counsellor at your university.
Embrace the cultural diversity
London is a multi-national city with people from all over the world: Polish, Canadians, Singaporeans, Irish, you get the idea. Make the effort to get to know other students from your course and get to learn and appreciate other culture. Also be cultural sensitive as to what you should / should not say to different nationalities.
Are you a fan of classical music? Or are you more interested in art galleries? Maybe you admire historical buildings. Perhaps you just want to indulge yourself in shopping.
Museums, shopping malls, restaurants, you name it, London has it. While it is important to stay on top of your studies, make sure you also take well deserved breaks and take advantage of the many activities that London has to offer to strive a study VS life balance.
I hope these 5 tips help and enjoy your time in London – believe me, they will be one of the best times of your life! 😉
Educated at Badminton School, Kitty obtained a First Class Honours degree in Biomedical Engineering, followed by a MSc degree specialising in Medical Physics, both from Imperial College. Kitty has experience teaching students subjects such as Maths, Sciences, as well as educating young children Programming. As the former Departmental Representative of her degree, she also understands university admissions and is well placed to assist with school and university applications.
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