Being a student isn't the easiest of things. You are trying to maintain good grades, a healthy diet and a social life, all while being told by middle aged people that "you don't know how easy you've got it". Fun, right?

I have compiled a list of 5 things you should definitely do in 2018 to make your life that little bit more exciting while you're juggling an upcoming deadline and creating a meal plan that you know you're not going to stick to

1) Make connections. This year I have made it my goal to get in touch with different businesses and fellow bloggers and writers, all which could be potentially useful to me once I have finished my degree and I'm looking for full time employment. I'm picking up any opportunities that I can, whether that be a one off piece for a local magazine or becoming part of a blogging team for various websites. Not only does this look great on my CV and it's something interesting to talk about at interviews, it's also really good to do something I enjoy outside of my degree, which leads on to my next point. 

2) Push yourself to get involved with societies. I do find that signing up to a society can be quite daunting but it is so worth it when you get involved. Plus, if you enjoy it, you can even apply to be part of the committee for that society. Again, something that is incredibly rewarding and providing you with valuable experience. As well as this, you are gaining the opportunity to meet many more people, some of which could turn out to be lifelong friends. 

3) Take on challenges. This is quite a broad one but this is something I think is the most important. That 30 day squat challenge you've been putting off? There's no time like the present. How about that ever growing pile of books you've been wanting to read but instead of doing so, you've just ordered even more off of Amazon? You better get a move on with reading them. There's no better feeling than being proud of yourself so stop procrastinating and get these things done that you've been wanting to do since 2016. 

4) Don't be afraid to ask for help. As I said in the introduction of this post, a student lifestyle is a very independent one but that doesn't mean you can't ask for help. We all know the feeling of panic when we get to a point in our revision and we just don't have a clue what the words are saying. Send an email to your lecturer. Ask a friend. There's nothing to be ashamed of, these people are here to help you. This applies for many situations though. Not sure about your CV? Go to the careers advice centre at your university. Not sure on a housing contract for your accommodation for next year? People can help you with that too. Feeling a bit low and not sure how to get out of what feels like this never ending rut? That's what the student support centres are for. There's so much help available for everything, you've just got to ask for it. 

5) Develop your awareness. Whether that's asking your flat mates more questions about themselves and what they do outside of university to reading more about topics like mental health, engage yourself with the world (ok that sounds suuuuper cringe, but hear me out). If you hear or see something you're interested in, ask more questions, research it, talk about it. I think that it's so important to be aware of what's going on around you. 

What do you think is a must for all students this year?