Congrats on going to University! So what are the next few years going to bring? It’s a question every student asks themselves as they step into the campus for the first time. Going to uni is certainly about study, that should be your top priority but it’s also about having an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
How you approach going to uni and what attitude you go in with is ultimately up to you but to get the best out of your uni life read on…
Going to Uni for the first time as a fresher is a nerve racking yet exciting experience and for many will be the first time living away from home. Put your seatbelt on because it’s going to be the ride of your life.
After years of solid study at school or college you’ve already proved you can work hard and succeed in getting into University. Every course is difficult but the first year is about finding your feet, finding a new way if working and sussing out the course.
Help should always be at hand via student support or from your tutors if you need to talk to someone.
To get off to the best start plan ahead. Use a diary; hang up a calendar in your room or use google calendar or a phone app, whatever works for you. There’ll be tons of events around fresher’s week and student union activities so best to keep on top of it all and avoid double booking anything.
The first few days can be pretty scary but just remember that everyone else is in the same boat as you. The top tips from many students is to relax, enjoy yourself and importantly, be genuine.
Your first academic year is most likely going to involve moving into a house or halls with people you don’t know very well.
So the important thing is to be open and genuine and you’ll soon attract like minded people. Accept that not everyone will have the same interests as you, that’s life and just ignore anyone who tries to put on a front and aggravate you.
Connecting with other students with the same interests is going to go a long way to helping you making friends. Don’t forget, making friends can take longer than a week. Although it’s tempting to fall in with a group of people quickly for the convenience of being in with a group this may not be the best long term option. Lifelong friends and relationships are more likely to stem from societies, sports clubs, your halls and courses.
Don’t feel that you need to be out there ‘smashing it’ every night during freshers’ week. If you need time out with Netflix that is totally fine!
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