University isn’t just the place you go to learn about your course or discover your alcohol tolerance. It’s a place where you can learn to be yourself and find hobbies you are interested in (although finding out your alcohol limit is a very valuable lesson).
Whether you’ve just started adulthood or have a couple of grey hairs, university is a place to learn. There are so many opportunities to learn and improve your skills in areas such as: job hunting, finance and communicating. You can also join groups of random people at your university who have the exact same interests as you, so check out the link below and look at our societies to see if anything interests you…
And those are just the extras because we also have so many fantastic courses! Have a browse and check the modules on our courses for more details.
Aside from the self-promotion, university is genuinely an amazing experience that helps you learn and not just inside the lecture hall. You can live in a new environment with new people and be able to focus on your own hobbies you may not be able to do at home.
One of the biggest known perks of university is the drinking, your friends can teach you how to make new cocktails and they have some interesting tricks to avoid a hangover (none of which ever work). But what you don’t hear is how you can find common interests with everyone in university! Your flatmates will find a fun activity to do together like recreating Come Dine with Me or channelling your inner movie critic, and your course mates already have something in common with you.
But even if you have all these new skills and you fancy some alone time… guess what? You have an entire new city or town to explore! You can try out every single coffee and bakery to determine the best one or find a food market and become best friends with the vendor and end up with two bags of peaches for free (it can happen). If that’s not your cup of tea either, scroll through our TikTok @universityofsuffolk for some amazing places in Ipswich to try for yourself!
At university you are encouraged to do whatever you want (as long as it’s legal)… you can act out Romeo & Juliet alone, paint a giant turtle, argue for fun, read books designed for a 13-year-old, write blogs or an entire zombie novel, draw a comic book… whatever it is, you will find a place to do it. If you feel lost and can’t find a hobby, check out this amazing website: https://www.skillshare.com/. This is a website that posts thousands of videos by professionals that you can watch to learn a new skill or enhance one you already have. If you don’t want to pay for a monthly subscription, YouTube is also an amazing free option but you’ll just need to spend some time looking for a good channel.
Times are tough, so take some time out of the day for yourself and keep learning. Find that passion and share your work!