I’m a 3rd year student – here are my tips for you freshers starting university! Leave a comment below for any other recommendations you have!
1. Enjoy your first year whilst you can!
The first year at university is an exciting time and when I say enjoy it whilst you can, I mean it! The first year is a stepping stone to your 2nd year so I’m not saying don’t work hard in your assignments or exams. Instead, get to grips with all aspects that the university can offer you. Make sure you take time to relax and do the activities you want to do because you’ll have a lot more spare time in your first year compared with your 2nd and 3rd or even 4th! Join societies, hang out with friends or become a student rep. Exploring these options all add to your personal growth and will overall make you enjoy your first year of university.
2. Don’t worry about fitting in
Everyone’s biggest worry when starting university is that they won’t fit in or find friends to hang out with. Meeting new people is super easy when starting university because for once everyone on your course will be in the same position. In your course welcome week you’ll most likely have various opportunities to talk and get to know your classmates. One thing you all have in common is that you’re on the same course, making it easier to have something to talk about. Most people are super friendly and love meeting new people so be yourself and you’ll meet friends for life!
3. Get yourself organised
Having fun during freshers week is brilliant until you realise that you’re not organised for your lectures or seminars. The one tip that I’d highly suggest if you don’t take notice of any of the others is to ensure that you organise yourself to prepare you for level 4 study. Get yourself some folders, plastic wallets and highlighters at least! You could be studying 3 or 4 modules each semester so these are a must to keep everything separate. Another organisation tip is to definitely get yourself a diary to write down when lectures/seminars are so you can plan in time to relax!
4. Enjoy the freedom (but not too much)
The most exciting thing when moving to university is the freedom you get to be an adult and do whatever you like. Want to take a shower at 2am? Want to have a bacon sandwich at 4am? Want to go out all night without having parents worrying? Sure, go for it. Having freedom from parents is the most exciting element of going to university but make sure that you don’t have a hangover when you have a lecture or seminar in the morning. You’ll regret it!
5. Know there’s support out there for you
If you’re not moving too far away from parents, it’s probably a comforting feeling knowing that they’re not too far if you get homesick or need them for support whatever the circumstances. However! Moving to a university completely out of family range can be difficult especially when you’re struggling with assignments, relationships or money issues. There’s plenty of support from the university out there that is free to take so take it if you need it! There is no shame in needing an extra hand as it can be difficult growing into an adult overnight. Speak to your academics, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction or speak to friends! Sometimes speaking with friends can take a weight of your shoulders make you feel 10x better.
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