It’s that time. Freshers all over are getting ready to begin their first year at university. Although exciting, it can be equally scary. Here are some tips on how to make the beginning (possibly) of the rest of your life a tiny bit less daunting.
Everyone is just as worried as you
Maybe you think that you’re the only one, but trust me, you’re not. You won’t be the only one worrying about making friends and fitting in.
Keep your door open
Keeping your door open while people are moving in shows that you are interested in socialising and not just hiding away in your room. A simple, yet non-clingy way of getting to know people without being all up in their face.
Joining sport teams and societies is a great way of meeting people with the same interests as you. It is also a good idea as keeping busy might help keep the homesickness away.
Don’t waste your loan all at once
As boring as it sounds – hold on to your money. Sure, you may need to invest in some of the basics, but try to keep costs low. Look out for cheap laptops. Use the library rather than buying books where possible. Invest in a season pass for your commute onto campus rather than paying full price each time. Keeping track of where your money goes will be worth it in the end. Don’t be the one living off pot noodle. Unless you like pot noodle. Then I suppose you’ll be okay.
Have fun while the opportunity is there. This is the perfect chance to meet new people, get to know the university and your course mates. Freshers’ week is very much about the parties and the clubbing. However, if this isn’t your thing – don’t worry. There will most likely be other options. Enjoy yourself and make the most of it.