Simon Heptonstall, Aged 21, 3rd Year, BA Marketing
Whether you move into student halls or a house in your first year, the whole experience of moving away from your family and living alone can be very daunting and there are a lot of things that you must learn very quickly in order to survive.
Since university is, for most people, the first time that they have lived alone, it can be scary at first. This is especially true if you have moved from the other end of the country (or even overseas). Everyone feels homesick at some point and crave the familiarity of family and friends that have known you forever. But trust me, this will pass.
The friends that you make and the experiences that you are going to have will help you to overcome any homesickness and you will soon learn to love the freedom that living away from home offers – you can have pot noodles for breakfast and nobody will tell you off!
After you’re all settled in and you’ve met your new housemates, one way of fully integrating yourself into your university life is to join a society or a sports club. Many of these clubs will have weekly meetings (called socials) where you will bond with many new people from both your own and other clubs over some very large jugs of Snakebite (your new favourite drink).
As well as being a great way of socialising and meeting new people, it also gives you the opportunity to try something you’ve never done before and it will look brilliant on your CV, e.g. shooting, rowing or surfing.
Whether you join a club or not, your liver is likely to take a beating in your first couple of weeks of university. Essential equipment during this period consists of plenty of fluids, the components of a cooked breakfast, condoms (everyone should be carrying them regardless of gender), and a few packets of Lemsip for when your body tells you it has had enough!
Now, you must remember that although there is a lot more to university than your degree, you still need to do the work and attend the lectures. You will always be confronted with the challenge of 9am lectures and the fact that the Sharpie penis that’s drawn on your forehead from the night before just won’t come off, but the alternative is failing your exams and not getting to enjoy the wonders of Welly and Asylum for what would’ve been the remainder of your degree.
To sum it all up, introduce yourself to everyone and make as many friends as possible and I promise that, for the rest of your life, you will reminisce about your days as a student. Good luck!comments powered by Disqus