Heading off to university can be a daunting prospect, particularly with the usual cliché of “your university years should be the best time in your life”, ringing in your ears. You need to know that it’s okay to feel nervous, in fact you wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t. You are leaving home, settling into new digz, making new friends and importantly finding the balance between a social life and studies.
Of course you are anxious about what you don’t know, but imagine how much easier it would be if you did! Here are 7 things that will make it that much easier for you to settle down:
Get Acquainted with Your Surroundings
Knowing where all of the campus facilities and essentials are from early on will help make your life so much easier (there’s nothing worse than the humiliation of waltzing in late to a lecture because you got lost).
If you can make it, be sure to attend open day and explore to your heart’s content. If you can’t, ask one of the second years to show you around during the first week. You can return the favour to the newbies the following year!
You Don’t Need to Stress too Much about Your Digz
Don’t opt for a room that costs more than you think you’ll be able to afford. There’s plenty of time to get a part time job as the year progresses – but you definitely won’t want to feel the pressure of having to land one immediately.
Luckily, Student Digz offers you the most affordable student accommodation options in town!
It’s A Great Opportunity to Make Friends
Meet as many people as you can and introduce yourself to everyone you meet – after all, you are all in the same fresher boat! Not only will doing so help to ensure that you have a bit of a social life in between all those study sessions and lectures, but you also never know how those friendships will benefit you even after your varsity days are over!
Get involved with a Society
Now is as good a time as any to join that society that you always wanted to be a part of. Not only will it help you to meet like-minded people, but it will also help to develop your interests and you might even find a new level of confidence too. How about the drama or debating society, a film or even a coffee society – there’s bound to be one that appeals to you.
Participating in Non-Academic Activities Will Boost Your CV
Community service, such as volunteering at a children’s home or SPCA, becoming a part of the student body, and even joining a sports team, will drastically improve your CV and help you to find a job faster once you graduate. And it’s never too early to get started!
Get to grips with your reading list and get the books
Prep yourself by going through your reading list in detail, highlighting all the core readings and text books that you will be needing for your lectures. Don’t miss out on the book sales that are often held early in the term, and ask around or check out social media for people selling used text books as they move into the next year.
Managing Your Finances will be Difficult at First, But Worth It
Every time you find yourself comparing prices at the grocery store or putting a limit on how many beers you allow yourself on a Friday night, don’t feel sad. Be glad! You’re learning an important life skill that will only continue to benefit you further down the line!
So, there you have it. Here’s hoping your first year as a university student runs as smoothly as it possibly can. Remember though – if ever you feel overwhelmed or stressed to your limits, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes that’s the most adult thing you can do!