A Letter to my First Year Self
I hope you’re all doing well!
As I prepare to enter the final year of my Film and Television Studies undergraduate degree in the Autumn, I thought that this would be a good time to write a letter to my First Year self. Maybe some of my ramblings will help incoming First Year students too!
You’ll soon be starting the first year of your undergraduate degree. Getting to Warwick is something that you’ve worked so incredibly hard for, so you should feel both proud and excited! I thought that I’d write to you with some pearls of wisdom that I have acquired so far. I hope that this is helpful!
I’m not going to lie, the fact that you will be commuting between home and the university each day will make it slightly harder to make friends straight away. Don’t give up though, put yourself out there. Insert yourself into conversations and get to know as many people as you can. Everyone is in a similar boat, and you all need to weather the storm of Welcome Week. It will feel like you don’t necessarily belong in the beginning, but the initial nerves are worth it in the end! You’ll end up with a great group of friends, and feel as though you’ve truly found your tribe.
Another thing to mention is the fact that you shouldn’t measure your achievements with anyone else’s ruler. Your initial grades may not be what you expected, but please don’t feel disheartened. You’ve chosen to attend university because you want to learn and grow- and you will! It really isn’t healthy to compare yourself to others and your hard work will pay off!
Be prepared to feel very tired at the end of each week (at least to begin with). The amount of tiredness that you’ll feel is probably greater than that of an able-bodied student. There are times when you’ll become ill because of this, but in my eyes this sacrifice is worth it for how much you’ll enjoy the course. Make sure that you take time to recuperate though- you’ll need it.
Finally, enjoy every moment of your time at Warwick and in your home department. The whole thing goes by way too fast. I know that you hope to do both a Masters and a PHD, but take time to appreciate each day. I know that you’ll miss your time as an undergraduate when it’s over.
I hope that the advice in this letter serves you well- now go and be amazing!
I hope that the advice I have given to myself in this letter is also helpful to some of the incoming Warwick undergraduates that may be reading this. I hope that you all have a great summer and I can’t wait to possibly meet some of you in the Autumn term!