5 top tips for starting university
Your life may be about to drastically change if you're about to begin university – especially if you move away from the comforts of home. It will be a learning curve, but don't forget that almost every other student near you will be going through the exact same thing.
Here are Bucks New University's top pieces of advice to make the process easier:
1. Try to pack only what is essential
You may have the urge to pack almost everything you own when getting ready for university, but take the time to really think about what is essential and what is unnecessary. You don't need to take too much. When living with others you may end up with multiples of the same things – such as kitchen equipment – you can always wait until you know what is available and then visit shops nearby to purchase any extras. Try not to take anything too expensive, and make sure not to forget to pack important documents you'll need for enrolment!
2. Don't hide away all the time
It can be scary meeting lots of new people, especially when you're living with complete strangers, but try not to hide in your room. Be brave, wedge your door open and try being social! You're going to be around these people for the next year after all. You could even have some snacks or teabags ready for group situations – you'll be immediately loved! Countless numbers of students will be beginning at the same time as you, so you're bound to share interests with at least one other person. Just make sure you put yourself out there so you can find them.
Freshers' week should be one of the most fun and memorable times of your university life, but do remember to pace yourself. Take time to pause, have a nap, and don't feel pressured to be sociable all the time.
3. It's okay to miss home
Flying the nest can be really hard. Pair this with a new environment, new friends, a new education and new responsibilities and it will be likely that you'll feel down at some point. But as mentioned earlier, most other students will probably be feeling the same way – it's completely normal. Keep in touch with family and friends and let them know how you're feeling, and if you need to, contact university support services which should always be available to help.
4. Believe in yourself
Don't ever doubt yourself that you're not intelligent enough to be where you are. It will be difficult going up to degree level, but the staff will make sure that you are introduced well into the work, and they will help to make sure you don't feel overwhelmed.
Most universities will have extra learning facilities on hand to assist with your studies, some even have workshops and short courses before the term starts. Don't forget that you picked your course you picked for a reason, most likely because it is something you have a deep interest in. Any difficulties will be worth it in the end.
5. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way
From work experience to joining a club or society, there is a wealth of different things you can do to enrich your student life at university. Make the most of your time when not studying – extra skills that you develop, contacts and networks that you may gain at university will enhance your degree, boost your CV and could create new opportunities after graduating.