Being a student aged 27 is a different ball game to my first degree at 18 years old. For starters, my course is a lot more intense, with more contact hours and personal study, I’m not in halls and I’m certainly not acting like a student in my ‘down time’. Moreover I don’t have a student loan or financial support from my parents. There’s a lot less drinking, partying and fancy dress…
I am in Uni on a Monday and Thursday from 9-6, which is fairly intense. I realise how many short breaks I took during a working day, and am exhausted at the end of uni- I even feel asleep on the tube on the way home on Monday! We’ve got a lot of work to do each week outside of our lectures and tutorials, and it’s a little confusing getting to know my way around the Uni as well as the library and online systems.
Our course has 24 people in total, with a mixture of ages and backgrounds, and we’re all starting to find some friendship groups now. I haven’t established whether there are any other runners in the group yet, but am sure I’ll find someone to do lunchtime/pre uni classes with.
During the other days I am working (see below), studying/preparing for tutorials and practicals, and seeing friends. Having only had a month without a full-time 9-5 job, I’m still over excited to be able to meet friends for coffee and lunches, as well as spending more time watching TV than I care to admit. I need to get into more of a routine to ensure that I don’t waste my days ‘off’ and get all of my uni and freelance work done.
I’m taking advantage of student life to take classes (using my Classpass) during the day when they’re not so busy. I went to Ollie’s GymClass SuperCore exercise class today and there were only four of us which made for an even more intense workout.
How I’m paying for University
My Dietetics course is funded by the NHS, meaning all of my University fees are paid for. This was a huge relief for me, especially as uni costs between £9-12k a year in the UK. In addition there are NHS bursaries available for Dietetics students, and I qualified for a small monthly bursary (I had to provide 3 years of payslips, P60s, my passport and birth certificate for this.) Unfortunately as I already have an undergraduate degree I’m not able to get a student loan for living expenses.
I’ve got a couple of jobs to earn money to live on;
- Receptionist at Paola’s Body Barre (a few shifts a week)
- Working for Classpass a couple of hours a week, helping out with the marketing, website and content creation
- Babysitting. I used to be a nanny when I first left University and worked at a school, I’m looking after a family that went to the school I worked in a couple of times a month!
- Blogging. I do the occasional sponsored post but promise to continue ensuring that all sponsored content is on interesting and relevant, and never posting pre-written content.
- I’m looking in to getting my group exercise instructor qualification in the next few months as I’d love to start teaching classes next year!
I’m also had to adjust to living on a smaller budget, taking packed lunches, enjoying less coffees out and about, and saying no to fancy dinners. Plus I’m trying to save for the numerous weddings and hen do’s that I have next year.
I’m loving using my student discount though for the cinema, art exhibitions and clothing. I have a lot more money for these things this time round, considering I’m not wasting all of my money on clubbing and tequila shots.