Friday, September 08, 2017

If you're reading this now then you are probably a little scared but also excited as you are going to be heading off to in the next couple of weeks. Freshers at my university actually starts next Saturday which I'm sure is the same for a lot of you. University can be a daunting place to go especially if you are on your own but I promise you it is a lot of fun. Here are a few tips you can take on board whether you are a new or returning student.

You might think Facebook is a bit outdated now but if you are going to university it is essential, you can find people on your course, who you are leaving with and what everyone plans on doing when they first move in. I actually spoke to a few of my flatmates in a group chat on Facebook before we moved in as it broke the ice a little by getting to know each other, updated when we were moving in and planned what freshers events we would be going to. 

All I can really suggest is write a big list. You are going to extremely load up your car probably with far too much stuff than you need so try to take the essentials only. There are so many packing lists available online. Food shopping is the worst and this is probably the first time that you've done it on your own, I would recommend ordering it online as that way you don't need to worry about heading to a busy supermarket. 

I'm actually really sad that this year I don't get to decorate a new room as we are all staying the house we were in for second year. Although it's really important to make your room feel like your at home, get some cushions for the bed, photos on the wall, blankets, candles to make it all super cosy. 

You might not think it but university can be pretty busy, you have a lot more social commitments, parties, assignments and work experience to get done on top of having a part time job as well. My advice is to get a diary or a weekly planner and plan your day/ week accordingly that way you will know what you are doing socially, what work you have to do and when you have some free time. 

Whether you had a bad experience in first year but are going back to university or didn't enjoy home and you are wanting to start a fresh use this as a clean slate. No one knows who you are, just be chatty and friendly, do your work and have fun then I'm sure you will have the time of your life. It's also great for independence. 

Do you have any other tips for going back or starting university?


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