Out of the woods? Post-results day nerves
If you’ve just got a place at Warwick, congratulations! It’s a huge achievement to get into university, and with the exam year you’ve had, you should be very proud.
As exciting as it is, from my experience I’m aware that the thought of moving to uni can get gradually more daunting as the move-in date edges ever closer. Even as quite a confident person, excitement definitely wasn’t my only emotion in the lead-up to moving to university — I couldn’t shake off the constant background feeling of fear when I thought about it.
I had a feeling I would love being at uni, but that didn’t stop me from worrying about the huge change that was about to happen to me. Having spoken to my friends about it since, I really do think most people experience this to some degree, so if you’re feeling nervous (even if you thought you wouldn’t), it’s totally normal. If you’re not feeling nervous, then please don’t think from this that you should be; any feelings you might have at the moment are perfectly valid.
As a first-generation student, I wasn’t given much advice on what being at university would be like before I arrived at Warwick, but I don’t think it would have made a huge difference to me if I hadn’t been in that situation — everyone will have a different experience of being at university, so no stories about other people’s experiences will be the same as yours.
So, if you’ve read or been told some absolute horror stories from other people about their time at university, try to remember that it doesn’t mean that it will also happen to you.
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I also remember thinking about whether I would fit in. What would people think of me?
As cliché as it is, and as much as I recognise it’s a lot easier said than done, I’d say your best bet is to be yourself. Tell your flatmates the truth about what TV you like and what your hobbies are. Dress the way you want to. Join the societies you want to. There are a lot of people on campus, and I’m sure you’ll find like-minded people there.
Fresher’s week is a bit of a blur in my mind, but something that really sticks out is how awkward it was after everyone stood around the edge of the kitchen and said their name and where they’re from on the first night. We were a relatively quiet group, so we found that games and music were a great way to get over that initial awkwardness. I would highly recommend taking a pack of cards and/or a speaker with you if you have them.
I hope you’ve found this reassuring, and if you have any questions then feel free to leave a comment or message me directly!