Swot Up: What to Read and Watch before Uni Starts

Words by Dominic Matthews

As millennial’s we spend too much time fearing the next milestone. We’ve worried about not having someone to play with at snack time, getting ‘binned’ at secondary school and panicked furiously about results day. The older we get, the more apparent our naivety becomes.

To fend off the (unnecessary) feeling of impending doom before you start University, here’s a sneak peek at what the next milestone in your life is like. Ensuring you can put your fears to rest, we’ve learnt the hard way that preparation is kind of key…

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Pitch Perfect

While social constructs dictate you won’t sing that often, unless you are a regular at Tuesday night Loco’s karaoke, the Barden Bella’s acapella group depicts what it’s like to make new friends when you join a society. The group dynamic shows how supportive everyone at university actually is and you’ll quickly see that people are always around for a quick tea and chat if you need them.

Monster’s University:

The lesson we can take from this heart warming Pixar prequel is that may not get along with all your flats mates initially. You may have to tackle the hurdles of awkward silences, small talk and passive aggressive washing up conversations but by the end of the year you’ll be buddied up just like Mike and Sulley.


Fresh Meat

This comedy set at Manchester University depicts the lives of six university students and all the trials and tribulations that are thrown in with it. Led by the ever-entertaining Jack Whitehall, the eclectic cast of characters teach you to laugh at whatever situation uni life throws at you because you would just end up crying mid-meltdown into your overpriced coffee if you didn’t.

Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin

Based on his and his girlfriend’s personal experience’s Allison’s on going, slice of life comic book series depicts the entire university lives of flatmates Ester, Susan and Daisy. The quick witted comedy not only focuses on the realistic depictions of complicated relationships and fresher’s flu, which is 100% real, but also focuses on such issues as drugs and the objectification of the female students.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

One of the biggest things University takes from you, besides the £9250, is the home comfort and support group of your family. For fan fiction writer Cath, this is a big deal due to her social anxiety disorder. While you may not be able to identify with Cath’s entire experience, the overall message about discovering who you are away at the transitional stages of your life is something everyone can understand. A tale that will see you through the most tested of times.







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