How do I Prepare For the Transition to University?
The Summer of Year 13 were some of the best months of my life; it’s time to relax and reward yourself for two years of hard work! However, I remember having this uneasy feeling that I wasn’t prepared academically for this huge transition to University. In reality this wasn’t the case, but looking back, there are a few things I could have done to put my mind at ease.
1. Reading lists! As an English student, reading lists were key, but this is true for all subjects. If anyone tells you that ‘you don’t have to bother doing your Summer reading’, they are lying to you! These lists were emailed to me around July/August, so do not panic if you don’t have them yet. However, when you get them, stay as invested in them as you possibly can!
2. Keep up with your subject. Although the Summer naturally means you deserve some time off, you will feel so much better for having a basic understanding of how your subject has been developing in the news. This is obviously true and much easier for students of subjects such as Politics or Science. Personally, I relied on forums such as podcasts and reputable newspapers such as The Guardian Culture edit. This doesn’t need to take long, but hopefully it will make you feel slightly more prepared!
3. Have an open mind. One of the things I thank myself for is that in my first term, I approached all areas of study with an open mind. You might think you know what you like and dislike about your subject, but it’s really important that you approach all of your modules with an open mind, because you never know what you might end up really enjoying! This was certainly true for me; a module I assumed I would be terrible at became one of my favourites. Had I gone in believing I would do badly, it would have changed my course of study entirely.
4. Be prepared for the good and the bad. I can almost guarantee you will love the Unviersity experience; especially at Warwick, there is something for everyone. However, that doesn’t mean it will always be good! Inevitably, you will have bad days, get a mark you’re not happy with, and have minor arguments with your flatmates. Do not come to University with a totally idealistic view, because sometimes it is difficult, and that is okay!
5. Be ready to ask for help. Whether that be in your personal life or academically, if you need help, you only need to ask. The University is here to support you, so do not be afraid to get some help, from someone such as your Personal Tutor. Looking back, if I could change one thing about my first year, it’s that I would have conacted my tutors much more readily in terms of asking for essay help; it makes your life so much easier!