We asked Durham students what advice they would give their fresher self

‘Don’t try to become a DJ’


With university life officially underway for everyone, you’re already second guessing what and who you’ve done so fa. We asked those with a bit more experience what advice they would give themselves as a first year, looking back retrospectively on all the mistakes they made.

Lucy Pugh, Economics and Maths, Van Mildert, 3rd Year

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“Go to my lectures and eat less potatoes.”

Indranuj Dutta, LLM specialising in Corporate Finance, Josephine Butler, Post Grad

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“Be careful and study a lot.”

Geng Tao, Finance, Josephine Butler, Post Grad

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“Work hard, play hard!”

Rob Golson, Maths, Cuths, 2nd Year

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“Keep busy – do everything. I missed home loads in the first term so it really helped to stay busy – my parents ended up getting pissed off because I never contacted them.”

Izzy Mitchell, Engineering, Van Mildert, 3rd Year

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“Its okay to say no to things. Its really intense here – in a good way – but you need time to breathe.”

Hussain Ali, Economics, Conor White, English and Philosophy, Ed Pollock, Economics, Collingwood, 3rd Years

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“Don’t try to become a DJ.”

“Don’t call Professor Green a c*nt.”

“Don’t have a top knot.”

Ludo Higgin, Economics, Hatfield, 3rd Year.

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“I don’t have any advice for myself. I smashed it.”