Thursday, 15 August 2013

A Fashion student's University survival guide

So i'm going into my second year at uni studying Fashion design now and boyyyy did I make some mistakes last year - and i'm paying for it this year! My overdraft has seen many a better day and i'm probably not gonna see that nice little CR anytime soon. I'm a confessed spendaholic - I have known people to be worse though... I actually managed to feed myself for part of the year whereas friends of mine have spent their loans on Chanel bags and luxurious holidays and found themselves barely affording Sainsbury's basics beans... Oopsy... I like food too much to ever do that!
During my first year, I managed to blow around 3000 on nights out, shopping sprees, dominos.... And that was all before Christmas break. The rest of my first year was spent as a recluse because I couldn't afford to leave the house anymore - it was my own fault though, and it was fun while it lasted (nights out in Mayfair, continuous flow of new clothes and countless Dominos? Can you blame me?)
Don't get me wrong, I don't regret a minute of it but this year i'll be taking my own advice and staying savvy (I have no option though, i'm a broke bitch).

Here's some of my do's and don'ts if you wanna avoid any of the downfalls that I had:

1) Sit and write down everything you need to pay for and give yourself a food allowance (that you won't blow on vodka ;) )  so you don't have to call Mummy and Daddy and finally 'fess up that you spent every last penny you had... (This day was a dark day... If you're gonna do it, make sure it's not in the first month like idiot here did)



2) Try not to party 4 times a week.... And if you're gonna, don't ask yourself where your money went. Sipping cocktails and pretending to be Anna Wintour everyday will bite you on the ass shortly after.

3) Don't shop at Harvey Nichol's. We're students afterall.



4) Don't join a 5* gym that's £45 a month when you can barely afford toast.

5) Accept the fact that once freshers is over, you're probably gonna need a job and leave your brand new social life behind so you can pay your bills! (Provided you want to work hard on your course too).

6) This ones specific to creative students: If you wanna do well, make sure you have a high spendature on course supplies (for sketchbook work, sampling etc.) or you'll soon see those grades sliding downwards.


7) Remember why you're there.

8) Don't let your shoe/clothing/make-up/whatever addiction get the better of you... You'll only be sitting in the corner rocking in your straight jacket when you've run out of cash to feed your addiction. (This lack of shopping is making me so tense i'm chewing off my finger nails - this wouldn't be happening if I was sensible with money!)

9) Learn how to say no! On so many occasions me and my housemates tempted each other into going out or getting takeaway when in reality, I couldn't afford all that Ben & Jerry's/Pizza/McDonald's/Domino's cookies - they were yum though...



10) Do your best from day one - I learned that my slacking from first semester really let me down and i'd gone from an A* student, to a C grader and I was so ashamed of myself for not doing what I should have and knuckling down instead of realising there was more to uni than partying.

So, congratulations if you got into uni today, guys! Are you gonna be a fresher? And what uni's did you choose?
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  2. I'm going into my second year as a fashion student at uni too and I did exactly the same thing in my first year! Selfridges and Louis Vuitton were my downfall...Great post! xo

    kirstydollxo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha glad i'm not the only one! My next loan is gonna pay off my overdraft, and then i'm gonna be back in it, not good :(

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  3. This is such a good post I "yolo'd" my student loan away in first year too, number 2 & 9 were my main issues haha although I suppose it's better to make these mistakes in first year at uni though rather than afterwards :)

    peachpips.blogspot.com

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    1. I guess, definitely not helpful to ever do though living in London! I wish I could afford life hahaha!

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  4. This is all so true! The nights out thing is what hits me the worst, I'm pretty good with not going shopping or spending much on food but I spend so much on nights out. I also take out a certain amount of money but later on in the night will take our more and more and then start using my card and it's just awful! The worst was when I went out 6 nights in a row, I shudder at the amount of money I spent, about £200 in a week just on nightsout!

    - Rhi | Beauty Bucket List

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    1. Haha eek sounds like you have a bad drunken habit there! I've only ever done such a thing once, I was showing off so I bought two tequila shots (I didn't need to add anymore alcohol) paid on my card, looked at the reciept and it was £20 a shot... Oops.

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  5. Ahhh I miss being a student since I graduate. I spent most of my loan on clothes too! bad jess

    www.lookwhatigot.co.uk

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  6. Such good tips, and its good to hear from a student, not just a journalist! I didn't go to University but my best friend did and I think she should of read these! She never once lived like a student and was always spending more money than me!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Haha I wish i'd have just accepted I was no longer working and behaved! And I wish someone had posted something like this so I would have known!

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  7. Great post lovely, really helpful and the confessions made me giggle!

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    1. Haha thank you! I was a bad girl last year! :(

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  8. dominos is uk students' best friend! i'm also a student going onto year two, and I know it's surprising how much you can spell in just a night out! x

    www.AvneeshnKaren.blogspot.com/

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  9. Good post!

    Made me laugh, as I think everyone I know (including me!) went overboard in the first year.

    Hmm maybe...

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    1. Haha it's the best time to make mistakes but eeeek they don't half get you in some trouble!

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  10. This post was soooo helpful! I just got accepted into Leeds university to study fashion design and i'm so worried already about money/course etc!

    Laura x
    tealoaf.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yay congrats! It's such a rewarding course, I hope you enjoy it! It's very expensive, be prepared to spend any cash you have on fabric and sketchbook materials - as long as you plan you'll be fine! :) xx

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  11. I love uni, best time of my life even though I spend 99% of my time with a maxed out overdraft I still couldn't love it more!
    I try not to do any of these things... but pretty much do all of these things.

    JS Beauty & Style. MAC giveaway running

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  12. Fantastic post! I'm going up to Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen to do Fashion and have already drafted a budget, and it's just making me cringe at the fact that I'll probably have to get a job, even though I think the first year will be pretty busy! Great post, really helping to remind me not to go overboard too much!

    Jean
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    1. That's good, I wish I had done this. I thought I could handle it but I was stupid haha! Good luck, hope you enjoy it :)

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  13. This is far too relateable as a student going into second year, will we ever learn?

    Katie
    x

    http://ramblesofkatie.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I'm doing fashion journalism next year at UCA Epsom :). This post was really helpful, I'm living at home so the money issue shouldn't be toooo bad although I can see a lot of money going towards new clothes to keep up with the pressures of looking decent haha. Excessive dominos might cause a big dent in my bank balance too... x

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