Getting the most out of 1st year. A 3rd years perspective
If you’ve found this you’ve probably read a fair amount of ‘first year: what to expect’ and ‘how to stay alive in first year’ -esque pieces of writings. Well, buckle up kid, because this is the real deal. How to smash first year in 5 simple steps.
1. Socialise and explore new things
I’m only now beginning to appreciate the number of opportunities we’re given at university. I didn’t utilise them as much as I should have in first & second year, so I implore you to not make my mistake. Join societies that interest you, even if it’s half way through term 1..or 2, or 3 for that matter! Any society worth joining will be welcoming to everybody at anytime of the year.
2. Don’t stress about a house
Honestly there are so many houses out there, and they only truly dry up around April, so you have plenty of time to find somewhere decent. I would focus on who you’re going to live with. Picture this:
Mid term 3. Exams looming (or started!). You come in from a 10 hour library bender at 8pm. All you want is a cuppa and some ramen. But lo-and-behold, the table looks like a modern-day Jackson Pollock. You squeamishly push aside a plate covered with n-day old Ragu sauce (n>3), only to find the ‘skilfully’ stacked bowls cups and cutlery come clashing down onto other detritus-laden kitchen items. Your flatmate, who you decided to live with in a spur-of-the-moment-classic-fresher decision in week 3, is taking the bloody mickey!
3. Do try to do a bit of studying
Ahahah yeh nice.
But yeh, don’t bother spending all your time working, even if you feel you should. First year either doesn’t count/counts for very little. The skills, confidence, and experiences you’ll have with your flat/society/randomPOP!-mates will be far more valuable in the long term. It won’t seem like it now, but you will learn so much about life if you immerse yourself in university life. Plus what’s the Easter holiday for if it isn’t comfort eating Easter-eggs whilst browsing moodle to see how busy you should be, right? I’m (not) saying don’t do any work, because you still need to pass the year, but exams and coursework aren’t worth getting crazy stressed over. A bit here and there and you’ll be flying.
4. Look into a year abroad/placement year.
It’s first year, so the biggest decision you’ll realistically be faced with is smack or no smack (always smack). But I would really recommend doing a bit of research on a year abroad/placement year. Perfect way to spend your post-Kasbah-Tuesday/post- POP!-Thursday/post-smack-Friday mornings. I’ve only been in the Netherlands for a few months but can already tell it will be one of the best years of my life. No raz.
5. Take care of yourself
This is the most important. University is an amazing time if you want it to be, and you will learn so much regardless, but please take care of yourself above all else. If you feel like it’s getting too much (we’ve all been there), take a rest, tell your tutor how you’re feeling and talk to close friends/family. Failing that, Warwick Support Services offer guidance. In my experience, just talking about how you’re feeling will make you feel better and help keep your head above water.
6. Oh yeh one more thing:Don’t listen to the Assembly and Zephyr bashers. Quality venues with grassroots events. Give them a try.
If you have any questions I would be happy to answer in the comments. If you’ve actually read to the end then GO AHEAD AND SMASH THAT LIKE BUTTON and I hope you enjoyed.