Oh, to be a student. Long deadlines, two lectures a week and freedom to plan your own time. I didn’t realise how good I’d got it when I was studying in Sheffield. Now that I’ve entered the world of work, with a 40-hour contract and a 45 minute commute, I dream of those lazy days. To try and relive the glory, I went back to my university city for the weekend with the girls that I lived with for all three of my years in the city. It was fleeting, but we had a lot of fun.

Rather aptly, we spent most of the time in my friend’s bedroom watching TV. Does it get more university-style than that?

When we were convinced to leave the comfort of her house, we headed to some of our favourite haunts.

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Before I headed off to live in University halls, I had a master plan. I foolproof way to get people to like me. Or so I thought. It involved getting rid of the family as soon as possible and offering people unwanted cups of tea. This quintessential British drink is the key to anyone’s heart, right?

Maybe not.

My plan was out of the window as soon as I arrived. Instead of being super cool and popping in to help people unpack, I was surrounded my parents (both my own and those of my new flatmates). Then while putting my new crockery away in the kitchen, I had the perfect chance to talk to another fresher, and yet it turned into a discussion between her and my mum. Not exactly to plan…

But, four years later, I’m about to move into a flat in London with that same girl that I was too shy to chat to. We’ve been best friends since first year, despite my shaky start.

It just goes to show that your first day probably won’t happen as you expect it to, but there’s a good chance that everything will work out okay.

If you’re off to University this year, or if you want to reminisce about your first week, read on to find my top tips.

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So you want to move to London.

Maybe you’re already job hunting in the capital, or maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while but aren’t sure where to start. Either way, I hope I can help you by sharing everything I learned when moving here.

There’s no denying that moving to a new city is daunting, and there’s something about the craziness of the big smoke that makes a move even more complicated. But it can be done – and it can be done quickly. I accepted a job offer and moved into a house share in West London only ten days later.

This is how you can do it, too.

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It has been over a year since I finished my University degree. Writing that feels bizarre, as it seems like the last 12 months have stretched into feeling like a lifetime, and yet it still doesn’t feel that long ago. If you’re graduating in 2016, I know exactly how you’re feeling. Excited about new opportunities, incredibly sad about leaving uni life behind, and also terrified that you’ll never make anything of your life. It’s a tough time, but I’m here to promise you that it will all fall into place somehow.

If you’d told me that I would have moved to London within three months of finishing my degree, got a job that I absolutely love, and be living on my own, I don’t think I would have believed you. And yet all that did happen, and I’ve become completely self-sufficient.

There’s no denying that the first year outside of education is terrifying – but you can get through it. Here’s how.

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