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Top 5 university myths busted

With so many stereotypes about campus life, it can seem like there’s huge pressure to make the most of your university experience. But it’s not just about having fun and going to parties; we’re all different, so there’s more than one way to enjoy your time at university.

Here are some of the top university myths:

"Everyone parties every night"

Sure, there may be some people who love partying all the time. But if that’s not your cup of tea, that’s ok too – you might find quiet nights in and smaller social gatherings more your thing. There’s more than one way to socialise and get to know people so it’s about finding a balance that suits you.

“Moving away from home is an essential part of the university experience”

Feeling pressured to leave the place you grew up in? While most people associate university life with halls of residence or flatmates, the reality is that almost a quarter of UK university students live with their parents while they study. So if you don’t feel ready to move, don’t worry – you can definitely still make the most of your university experience while living at home. In fact, why not try joining some societies or clubs? It’s a great way to meet new friends and hear about interesting events.

“The first year of university doesn’t count”

In some courses, the grades in the first 12 months don’t count towards the final degree. But it doesn’t mean the first year of university is a waste. Think of it as a chance to adjust to campus life and get to grips with the basics like how to structure an academic essay or creating a good self-study routine. It’s also an opportunity to relax and have fun as you start this new phase of your life.

“University students don’t have mental health issues”

On the surface, it may seem as if everyone is happy and carefree. However, studies show that more than one in five students admit to having a mental health diagnosis, such as depression and anxiety. The stigma around mental health means that more than three-quarters of students with mental health issues hide their symptoms from friends, which may explain why people assume that university students are more mentally resilient.

If you’re worried about your mental health or a friend’s state of mind, or you just want some tips to look after your mood, check out the Mental Health UK website for information and advice.

“My degree won’t get me a job after university”

This is a concern shared by many students, so if you’re worried about this, you’re not alone. But there’s good news. Firstly, graduate employment levels are the highest they’ve been in 10 years. Secondly, many employers (including LBG) are broadening their hiring criteria to include graduates with any background or degree.

If you do want to get a head-start in the working world, you can gain valuable experience and knowledge with an internship while still at university. This will give you an insight into the industry you’re interested in and make you more employable.

Find out more about LBG’s graduate opportunities and what you need to apply here.


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