for midwifery offer holders
once again, have a huge congratulations from me for receiving an offer to study midwifery!
below are some of my top tips for midwifery offer holders.
enjoy your free time now!
it can be very tempting to completely obsess over all things midwifery during this period between accepting your offer and starting your course. However, once you begin studying, you really never can go back - so enjoy the free time that you have now, and make the most of it; whether you enjoy days out with your friends and family, binge watch a new series on netflix, or even lounge around doing nothing - I promise you'll thank me for it come this time next year!
don't get too hyped up about your study space
this tip might sound a little bit strange, but I genuinely see so many people stressing about this! I personally didn't buy a desk until I was starting my second year, and even now I don't routinely sit down at it to do my work - instead, I prefer to sit in bed with my laptop on my knee, scoffing sweets whilst I smash out an assignment! As much as social media can be helpful, it can encourage a hell of a lot of stress and worry when you see other people's study spaces - but trust me, you don't have to spend a fortune creating one - sometimes all you need is your bed and a bag of sweets.
don't go crazy on the spends, either
I'm sure I'm not the only one who can happily spend a fortune on anything midwifery related; whether it be colourful tourniquets, pretty fob watches, revision tools and more - honestly, the majority of it is completely unnecessary! Check out my offer holder wish-list to see what I think about common items that people list as 'student midwife essentials'.
I truly believe that a huge part of being successful with your studies is by being organised. It's not easy to achieve the grades that you want when you are stressing about other aspects of your life. Try to plan your childcare as far in advance as you can, budget your spends so you know how much you have to last you until your next student loan payment (and don't leave applying to that until last minute, either!) and file away all of your work weekly.
socialise with other student-midwives-to-be
don't have a facebook or whatsapp group for offer holders at your university? Make one! This time in your life is incredibly unique, and as much as it's nice to treasure time with family and friends who don't have a clue about midwifery, it's also nice to get to know other people who will be going on this journey with you. I have made friends who I know I will have for life through this degree. And by connecting on social media, you can even meet up before your course begins!
keep on top of your reflections
the reason why I started my blog in the first place was so that I could look back and reflect on my experience as a student midwife, and I am so glad that I did! Now, I can look back and remember fondly the time when I was so frustrated because I couldn't hear anything when I was first learning how to measure blood pressure, or when I was wide-eyed and new to placement areas. I'm not saying you need to set up a blog or even buy a professional journal, but I definitely recommend doing something that's personal to you in order to reflect on your growth over the next three years.