Being at university for two years has taught me a lot, but I think the most important is how to manage my money. Studying Event and Tourism I had some modules about finance and managing income and it was interesting to see the differences between what the lectures were saying and how they apply. I always like to make connections and so I tried for a while to check my finances and so I started paying more attention.
Having to support myself by taking a part-time job helped me in changing my perspective on how to spend money. When I was back home, I always had the tendency to spend more than I should have, but now that I changed my way of living, I picked up the habit of being more cautious. The necessities come first and then the preferences.
Working and studying at the same time is an adventure from different points of view. Managing the timetable so it can fit both and be reliable are some good qualities that are being developed. With all of this comes stress as well and I tend to release it by travelling. I usually go back home twice a year; I visit my siblings who are in other countries and I try to discover the UK little by little. It is a passion of mine and I know that it may not be cheap, but I always try to tell myself that at the end of the day it is worth it.
Managing my money is still something that I work on, but I feel that being a student is a period in life when there are a lot of ways of being able to find more reasonable prices. The railcard, the discounts around the shops and the free time that we get to travel comes all together as we can find the less expensive times and still be able to get to that area.
I would highly recommend managing your money so you can afford to enjoy your hobbies because self-care and being happy is important. My journey with gaining the skills to manage my money is still ongoing but I have hopes that I am on the right track.