Well done. You’ve made it through your first term. It’s all a blur and all you can remember is music and laughter. Yep. Me too. I was exactly the same in my first term here at BIMM. Next term might not be so simple, so we’ve spoken to BIMM student Alex Beharrel who has shared their top tips for surviving the next part of your journey.
Make a schedule. All of our tutors have said this will benefit us and it is a great tool, but it can be hard to stick to with everything else that you have going on socially. Persevere with this because it will eliminate future stress and worry.
Often when looking at block sections of study it can be daunting. So Alex’s tip is to try to tackle studying in bite sized chunks. It’s less scary and if you manage it in smaller sections a little bit of each subject can be tackled each day.
Simply… get a job. There are plenty of opportunities for part time work that will fit in with your Uni schedule. It’s also a great way to escape from work for a brief moment and to meet new people living in your city. Alex recommends writing a CV best suited for bar/restaurant work and always keeping 5 or 6 copies in your bag as your travel around town, so you are prepared for any vacancies you see along your way.
Alex’s other top tip is to have a look through things you have and think: ‘do I need these?’ Do you have a designer dress that you never wear that you can sell on eBay? An old cheap guitar you will never gig with? Use these to build up funds to go towards something you do actually need or just your weekly food shop.
Alex says: BARGAIN HUNT!!!!! Know when big retail stores have sales on (try in store or order online). Amazon is one of the cheapest places online for anything new, but if it’s still too expensive look at 2nd hand shops. Ask family and friends if they have anything they’re getting rid of, or if anyone you know is moving house do they need their old pots and pans?
This can be tricky for some people. If you’re confident and have no problem talking to people then look at going to the open mics in the area (there are loads) and just start talking to other musicians. It’s a great way to make contacts within your industry. But if being social isn’t your thing then use your classes to their advantage as they are a fantastic way of getting to know people.
A big thanks to Alex for your top tips.