What to expect during your first year of university

Starting university can be a very exciting but daunting experience.

Moving on, making new friends, leaving home, fending for yourself and needing to settle into a new routine are what everyone who are about to start their degree thinks about.

But every student knows they have at least one thing to look forward to when it comes to starting university. Freshers week. Some of the biggest and best parties that your university will provide are those that happen during your first week. Every night is party night when you’re a fresher.

But what can you expect after the week of fun is over?

Leaving your previous studies and starting university is one of the biggest transitions that will happen in your life, but being an independent student provides a lot of freedom. University is very different from college or sixth form. The first couple of weeks can be a real struggle, especially if you’ve moved out of your house and into a new town or city that you don’t really know.

Everyone’s biggest worry is making new friends and feeling comfortable, but don’t worry. Everyone on your course or everyone of your flatmates will be in exactly the same position as you. So just be yourself and you’ll find it easier to get along with people. Many students in their first year get a shock at how much work needs to be done. Meeting deadlines and preparing for the next piece of work will be on your mind constantly, and it’s not something you can just forget about.

So make things easy for yourself and make sure things aren’t left until last minute.

Sometimes it feels like the year can drag, but when it comes to the end of your course you’ll look back and start to think ‘where has the time gone? It’s gone so quick.’

So if there is one piece of advice I can give you, it is to just make sure that you enjoy your time. Don’t be stuck doing something you don’t want to do. Do the work and enjoy every minute of it.

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