First year advice from a School Rep

I am here to give you advice about entering your first year of study at university and the ‘Do’s and Dont’s’ of university life.

First year advice from a Third year School Rep for Performing Arts

Hi, my name is Emily, I am the School Representative for Performing Arts and I am currently in my final year of my studies at The University of Wolverhampton (Walsall Campus).

I am here to give you advice about entering your first year of study at university and the ‘Do’s and Dont’s’ of university life.

Some of the things you definitely shouldn’t do while you are studying is:

1. Do not Procrastinate! This is one of the worst things you could do whilst studying, as it causes work to be left uncompleted and makes you more likely to rush things at the last minute. You don’t want to leave a 2000 word essay assignment to the last minute, trust me!

2. Do not lose your student ID card. If you end up losing your brand new student ID card on the first day at University, you would end up purchasing a new one, which I’m sure no one would want to do, especially on their first day! Make sure you have it on your person at all times and if you need to remove it for practical sessions, for example, make sure you put it in your bag or a place where you would be able to easily find it afterwards. Your student ID card also allows you to access the building and to be able to use the library facilities within the university, such as printing.

3. Do not disrespect your lecturers or other students. No one would do this! However, be careful with some of the comments you might say to others, even if it’s considered a joke, what might be a joke to you, may be hurtful or offensive to someone else, staff member or student. Be aware of what you might be saying to others.

On a lighter note, here are some of the ‘Do’s’ at University:

1. Do work hard on your studies. Working to achieve the best grades possible is the way to go during your time at University. As the common saying goes “Hard work pays off in the end” and it is true. Try your very best at achieving the grade which you would want at the end of each module.

2. Do make sure you are prepared and ready to learn. This is an important thing to consider whilst you are studying at University. Having equipment such as pens and notepads are important to have on your person for lectures and seminars. This is so you can note down important information which you may need for future projects and feedback. Make sure you have your equipment with you at all times whilst on campus. If you ever need equipment, you can always talk to myself or the other representatives within the team and we will always be happy to help!

3. Do ask for help if you need it. Asking for help is never a bad thing, in fact, it helps others to understand things which you may need help with during your studies. For example, if you don’t understand parts of a PowerPoint during one of your lectures, do not hesitate to ask your lecturers to repeat the parts you don’t understand or if you need them to re read part of a text.

Finally, I would like to give you one last good piece of advice…

Do enjoy yourself whilst at University! University is a place where everyone should enjoy themselves and get to know other new students who are in the exact same boat as you on their first day. Try to talk to students who will be on the same course as you and make friends as you go along. I still remember my first day at University and I really wish that I could do it all again!

So that’s some important pieces of advice which I thought would be beneficial for you during your time at University. Remember, if you ever need advice or if you just want to have a chat, you can always come and find me or the other representatives within the team or you can contact me at

I hope you have a brilliant time at University and I wish you the very best throughout your studies!