How to make the most of your university life as a Broke-Ass Student

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Hey Broke-Ass Students! We’ve compiled a list of our most effective tips and tricks for you to make the most of your student life. We’ve found that there’s nothing worse than being unprepared for an assessment or exam, so from our own personal experiences we have written this comprehensive list for you.

  1. Get a calendar and a diary

In order to be organised for the semester, you’re going to need to write down all your important dates somewhere where you can see them. Not only will this help you to keep the important dates fresh in your mind, but you’ll also be able to schedule your life around them. We recommend putting the calendar above your desk where you study, and keeping your diary in your bag. The best diary’s for uni are the ones that display the week as opposed to those that have entire pages for a day so you can keep track of what’s going on.

  1. DO YOUR READINGS

This one seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how much they help you organise your ideas and thoughts prior to assignments. If you can’t do an entire week’s worth of readings, write down 10 key points from that week’s work (including lectures). This will help you easily find notes from that week when it comes down to exam time.

  1. Start thinking about your assignments early

Nothing worse than the night before an assignment where you have no idea what to write, as well as no creative ideas. Be prepared and jot down a few ideas two weeks before your assignment is due. This will ensure that you have a clearer flow when it comes to crunch time.

  1. Make the most of your time at uni

Ask questions, go to lectures and join societies. If you find it hard to physically make yourself go to lectures, organise to meet your friends for coffee and lunch. Get a lecture buddy and force each other to go!

  1. Have a good time and enjoy yourself

Uni isn’t forever, and we’re all here for each other during the good times and the bad. Make the most of your free time and relaxed timetable while it lasts. Being social and friendly will ensure you make some great uni friends for life.

-GL

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How to deal with a break-up when you’re a Broke-Ass Student

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Break-ups are hard. It doesn’t matter how long you went out for, or who broke up with you, or even if you split up on good terms – it’s always difficult to lose that one person who used to be your best friend. It doesn’t help that people naturally expect you to be fine straight away – this just isn’t always the case!

When people tell you ‘just go out and meet new people’, if you’re strapped for cash this obviously is not going to work. People also don’t realise that it isn’t just that simple to go out straight away – you’re not ready yet! (Unless you are, in which case go for it!)

Here are some easy things to do that will help you get over your broken heart.

  1. Cry (if you need to)

Listen to all those break up songs, and cry your heart out. It’s a terrible situation, and you’ve been badly hurt. Sometimes crying can be really therapeutic. It’s also way better than keeping it all in inside. Do remember though – this can only be a temporary solution, keep it to one-two days MAXIMUM. If you let yourself be consumed by your situation you will find it incredibly hard to feel better.

  1. Exercise!

Not only will you instantly feel better (get an angry pump up playlist going), but you’re doing great things for your body. When you exercise, you release a chemical called ‘serotonin’, one that instantly improves your mood and wellbeing. You’re also sure to be feeling way better than you would if you were stuffing your face with chocolate and ice-cream (which ideally we would love to do, but in this situation you want to beat the cravings!)

  1. Hang out with friends (for free!)

Make sure that your time is spent hanging with friends (the ones that make you feel good). The less time you spend alone wallowing alone in your own sadness, the better you will feel. If you make sure that your time is well spent doing things that make you happy, you will resent this breakup less. Get your best friend on the phone and organise to do a (preferably free) activity ASAP.

  1. Delete (or hide) him/her from your newsfeed

You may not want to do this, but in order to get over this person, you’re going to need to make sure you can’t see when they’re going out or hooking up with someone new. If the break-up ends on a negative, it is okay for you to delete them off Facey, unfollow them on Instagram and to say sayonara to them on Snapchat. Out of sight, out of mind as the old saying goes.

  1. Think positively

As unhelpful as the saying ‘don’t be sad because it’s over, be happy because it happens’ is, it does have an element of truth to it. Think about the lessons you have learned, and the great things that have happened. Don’t let a breakup bring you down, or stop you from being the incredible, happy, amazing you! Everything does happen for a reason, and good things will come to you soon, we promise!

Cheap things to consider when you’re a Broke-Ass Student travelling on a budget

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When you’re travelling and you’re a poor broke-ass student, finding accommodation and food to suit your needs is difficult! We have compiled a list of our favourite tips to help you get through this difficult period.

Airbnb

Sometimes finding accommodation is just too difficult, where the best locations are too pricey and you aren’t looking for a hotel. Airbnb, a revolutionary of technology, allows you to rent someone else’s home or apartment for a certain amount of days. Not only is this a sure-fire way to get you one of the coolest apartments in the best locations, but also it’s proven to be safe.

Travel Card

Don’t just assume that your own bank will give you the best deal on a travel card, it is advisable to shop around. A friend’s experience when looking for a travel card allowed her to get the best deal possible, instead of just going with her normal bank card which would have ended up costing her more! Just as you would research a cool location, make sure you also research your finances.

 

Book in advance!

You are definitely more likely to get a cheaper deal when you plan in advance. But not to fear if you haven’t – student flights can also get you amazingly good deals. Be sure to subscribe to different airlines direct marketing (e-mail) so that you can also ensure that you are the first to know about cheap flights!

Budget budget budget

There is quite honestly nothing worse than getting to your holiday destination and realising that you haven’t quite saved enough cash to get you through it. A couple of weeks before you leave, write out a list of how much each tourist attraction/activity is going to cost you, and how much you’re aiming to spend on food and drink daily. It’s also important for you to factor in other things such as nights out and clothes shopping. It is also a good idea for you to keep a track of these things as the holiday progresses. Keep some extra emergency cash just in case you need it!

Pack your meals as much as you can

Food and drink adds up, and when you’re visiting tourist attractions you are bound to feel the weight of the extra dollars for food and drink. Where you can, pack your lunch for the day by visiting the supermarket before you leave. (Obviously if you are trekking through the Amazon, you won’t be able to do this but we’d like to hope that you planned your food and drink beforehand.) This is bound to save you up to $20 a day, and if you’re going on a 7 day trip – that is $140 extra for you to party with!

Make sure that you stay safe and vigilant during your holiday travels, and we can’t wait to hear about your experiences when you return!

How to make other Broke-Ass Student friends

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One of the most common complaints we hear as students (particularly local ones that don’t move out of home) are ‘I’m not making any friends at uni!’

Well well well lonely little student – aren’t you in a pickle! Not to worry, because we have the best tips for you to make the most of your uni days in a flash.

Talk to people in your tutorials

There is no better way to make friends at university than by socialising with people in tutorials. We (the founders of Broke-Ass Students) met this way! One day we were put into a group together and we just clicked.

Talk to people before, after and during your tutorial. There is nothing that bonds people more than the mutual hate (or love) of a subject! Obviously no one will talk to you if you are being the negative one in the corner, so get yourself out there and start chatting. What do you have to lose? 

Join a society

You are bound to make solid connections with other students if you already have a common interest! Societies are great because they connect you with other students through a mix of events and social gatherings. Societies like the Media Society and Business Society have balls so when this event comes up, get super dressed up and make some cool new friends!

Join a sports club

Not only are you bound to make friends this way, you’re also learning crucial teamwork skills that future potential employers are looking for. This is a fun and cool way to meet people, and you’re definitely going to bond when you go for celebratory drinks at the local pub after your game!

These are our three top tips for making friends at uni. Use them wisely Broke-Ass Students, and you’re bound to make friends in no time!