Karley Chadwick, aged 19, 1st year, combined languages (German, French and Italian)
Finally! You get to eat pizza for breakfast, stay out all night and you don’t even have to tip toe into the house avoiding waking the parents/dog/neighbours! Getting a good night’s sleep and stocking up on orange juice and broccoli is probably at the bottom of your list but with so much going on, food-on-thego and afternoon naps will become your best friends. Take it from someone who’s been there that after a nonstop few weeks if you don’t take the time to consider your health you’re going to wish that you’d done things differently. So here’s my advice to you:
You know this already, but there’s nothing more embarrasing than having 500+ people staring at you after your stomach has made the loudest and most unnatural sound ever during a welcome meeting.
Whilst you’re at it maybe deviate from the Cocopops and try pocket-friendly porridge –good for the tummy
and wallet. Double win.
REGISTER WITH A DOCTOR
The closest GP may not necessarily be the best for you, so do your research!
• nhs.co.uk will show local GP’s and their ratings and services provided.
PUT DOWN THE READY MEAL
Yes, they’re cheap and easy but in the long run both your health and your mum’s nerves won’t thank you. Try and plan meals for the whole week – cook food in batches and freeze portions. It will cut cooking times
in half later on when you really cannot be bothered to cook anything.
Get some ZZZZZ’s
Early nights might not feature in most students’ itineraries but going
to sleep before midnight at least once a week will allow your body a chance to recover and repair. know your limits
Just because there’s something on every night it doesn’t mean you have to go to every single event. Plan regular nights off when you can get together with your new friends and chill out and when you o go out, know your limits . Plenty of students don’t drink and there are lots of events in the schedule that don’t involve alcohol.
KNOW WHERE TO GET HELP
If you’re feeling lonely, the pressure to perform academically is getting too much, you’re worrying
If you’re feeling stressed, schedule an hour of downtime. Whether you read a book, go for a walk or do some coloring! Sixty minutes of doing something other than working or socializing will leave you feeling calmer.
And finally. Learn this important sum.
GOOD FOOD + ENOUGH SLEEP + KNOWING YOUR LIMITS = A HAPPY FIRST FEW WEEKS.