How To Get Ahead of the Game for Your Next School Year

It’s Fridaaaaaaay! Whoop whoop!

In this post, I’m talking about back to school, college and uni…ALREADY. Nothing like getting a head start, Niamh, ha! I was always that person who was prepped for the following educational year the minute the summer hols began.

I thought I’d share my tips and tricks to make the most of your summer holidays as I am now fast approaching my final year of uni, waah.

Hope this helps!


What do I actually need in my bag?

Now, I’m starting with the most important question first. What do you actually need to take on your first day? Bag-wise, I suggest a backpack filled with the utmost essentials. Essentials include:

Reusable water bottle

Pencil case with a few pens, highlighters, pencils and a ruler

One pad – preferably a subject notebook with dividers




Portable charger


How do I keep myself busy during Summer?

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There are multiple things to do to keep your brain active during the holidays, such as starting a blog…like I did! I’ve mentioned before I study Journalism at uni and honestly, it’s so helpful to have a place to pop your thoughts into and help others. I’ve even convinced Marty to start one…after months of nagging him! If you don’t update it regularly, that’s fine, everyone knows that we have different priorities. Give it a go, what’s the harm?

If you’re like me and only work Saturdays for a few hours, ask your manager if they have any extra hours during the week. It’s a bit more money for something you’re saving for! I’ve managed to blag a few more shifts at work to give Josh and I some spending money for Centre Parcs which is slowly creeping up on us…can it hurry up, please? It also helps me to save up for my car just that bit faster!

Another way to spend your summer is to get ahead with your reading lists. I must admit I don’t think I’ve read a single book fully on my reading lists. I know it doesn’t sound the most thrilling way to spend your summer but you’ll thank me later when you’re getting those 2:1’s and firsts!


First year of uni? Don’t panic.

I remember feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement when starting my degree, I can’t believe it will be all over starting in September. It’s true, you know? You do make friends for life at uni. You meet people who are EXACTLY like you. I’ve been very lucky to be given the class I have got. We all work together fantastically and it really shows in our final projects.

When you accept your first choice and get that email you’ve been waiting for, get on to Twitter and Facebook and source out your coursemates. It’ll make first-day awkwardness less…awkward…sorry, I couldn’t think of another word, ha!

All you have to remember is that everyone is in the same boat as you.

Oh, and don’t forget your student card…that might be helpful too!


See you on Monday!

Lots of love




1 Comment

  1. June 7, 2019 / 11:31 am

    I love this! I’m going into my last year of uni this year too! I totally agree with you saying it’s good to read some of the material on your list before starting, such a good way to get a little bit ahead. And having a blog is such a good way to pass some time in the summer, I have no idea what I’d do without mine ahah. I really enjoyed this post and can’t wait to read more from you.

    Have a lovely summer and best of luck for third year x x

    Katie ☁️ |

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