Leaving home for the first time can be pretty daunting. But it’s also very exciting. From getting your results to hopefully getting a place at the university that you want. I have attended 2 very different university settings and oddly enough my advice remains the same for any university student!
If you are in halls knock on a door – don’t do this wearing a mask from Scream but instead show off the biggest smile. Moving into a new place and meeting new people at the same time can be super stressful. Making friends quickly is your best bet. A bottle of Jager, a few shot glasses, a knock on the door and kick back together in a communal space!
Be organised! Get you book list delivered to your new address on the day that you arrive! This means you won’t have to transport a load of new books but also means you are ready with what you need for that first day. A moleskin diary is a must – check out bullet journalling to organise tasks or Toodledoo is a great app for adding in deadlines.
Don’t be afraid to change your mind. You are a week or in and maybe your major/minor subject isn’t firing up that passion as it should? There isn’t any harm in finding out what you can do to solve this. Often lasting through a first year means you can transfer into a 2nd year of a similar subject (say Theatre for English) – It is not the end of the world if you change your mind. Better to be following a passion than drowning your sorrows in the Student Union bar for the rest of the semester!
But most of all have fun!
What tips do you have for a new student?
This blog is an entry to the Student Hacks competition with Currys – you can enter here too!