4 Tips For Making The Most Out Of Your First Month At University
For some, the idea of starting university is exciting, but for others, the thought alone is enough to make them want to throw up. You might even feel split between both emotions from time to time, and that’s okay. I’m here to help you calm your nerves by giving you four tips that you can use before and during university to make the most out of your first month.
1. Join Group Chats
If you haven’t already, leave this blog right now and find the links to as many group chats as you can! There should be a group chat for your course, your accommodation and for first years in general. Most of these will be on WhatsApp to ensure that everyone can access them, but a few are on Facebook. Now, I know for some people, talking to strangers can create feelings of anxiety. What if they think you’re weird? What if no one responds to your message? Well, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but no one gets anywhere by constantly thinking about the ‘what ifs’. It may seem daunting at first, but every other person in that group chat is in the exact same position as you. Usually, there are 100s of people on these chats, and you’re telling me not even one person is going to respond to you? Take a leap of faith and make the effort to get to know these people. You will feel so much more comfortable on the first day of university if you know a few people.
2. Meet up/Video call
So, this tip isn’t essential, but I think if you’re someone who is either feeling really anxious about starting university or if you don’t really know anyone, then meeting up with others beforehand would be a great idea. With the current situation, I know that might not be possible so setting up video calls is a great alternative. It doesn’t have to be just you and one person. You could even suggest holding a zoom call on the group chat so a bunch of you guys can join in. This will really ease your nerves and things will feel less awkward in real life since you would’ve spoken before. You’ll also take comfort in knowing that there are a few people to turn to if you want to go out or explore the campus.
3. Sign up for EVERYTHING
I know some of you might struggle with putting yourself out there, but do you want to be sitting in your accommodation by yourself in the second term thinking about how you missed out on freshers? Or would you rather go to events, even if you don’t particularly enjoy them, and know that you honestly made an effort? Sign up for societies and try to experience as many as you can. There were so many societies I didn’t find out about until a month ago, and I feel like they would’ve really improved my first-year experience. It might be too late for me, but it’s not for you, so sign up!
4. Live each day like it’s your last
This is the most important tip. Have fun! Try to make the most out of every day. Whether it’s going to someone else’s accommodation, clubbing, attending a society meet-up, hosting dinner parties with your friends – just don’t waste a day. You have the second term to stay cooped up in your accommodation, but the first term is not the time. Make sure you get your priorities straight though – remember what you came here for. Don’t be that person that is out every night but is nowhere to be seen in the Monday morning lecture.
If you have any questions, my messages are always open. Feel free to let me know if there is anything you’d like me to write about 🙂