The summer before university
Last summer after receiving my results and before starting university was a strange time. It was about three months of realizing that school and that huge part of my life was over, and that soon I would be in a new country, studying a subject I had never studied before. Because this might be what many future students are going through now, I thought I would share some of the things that I found helpful in that odd break before university 🙂
Go on a trip/Take a real break!
Once I got my exams results it was extremely tempting to dive into preparations for the next year but I am very glad that I didn’t. The day after my results (early July in France) I went on a small trip to the South of France with my best friends and was able to very literally take a step away from exams, school and university and just focus on truly being done with a very stressful but rewarding year. Going away isn’t really necessary to get that break but do make sure you give yourself some time to really relax and not be focused on anything for a bit because you’ll have plenty of time to prepare for university afterwards.
Spend time with family and friends
Depending on where you live, going home during the year can be more or less difficult. I’m lucky in that flying back to Paris is a relatively short journey, compared to many friends for whom home is almost a day of travel away, not to mention the cost of plane tickets. Even so, no matter where you live it is possible that you will not be seeing your home friends and family as much as before so I would really urge you to take advantage of this break to be with them 🙂 This year my friends were a bit spread out over the globe, with some in Peru, Scotland or France so I really wanted to spend lots of time with them before going to university and I’m glad I did. On that note, I also want to say that just because you are going away doesn’t mean you will lose all of your friends back home. I remember being worried that we wouldn’t be talking as much or that we might stray apart but we have constantly stayed in touch, and when we meet again it is like nothing has changed!
Stay on top of university emails!
As October grows closer, you’re going to be getting a lot more university emails, whether that be information on your first weeks, on your course, on your accommodation, on recommendations to prepare for university… I will be the first to say that it can feel a bit overwhelming, but do not let it worry you too much 🙂 The easiest way to keep on top of everything is to have all of your essential information in one spot, such as grouped together in one document on your computer, or printing them off as you get them and saving them all in a folder.
Find some university/accommodations group chats
This is something that I did but that I know some other students I spoke to preferred not to do so that they came to university and really experienced everything for the first time, so it really depends on what you feel. Personally, I joined the Law Group chat and the group chat for my accommodation, Whitefields, near the end of August, because I saw them being advertised on some Facebook Fresher’s pages. I found this helpful because it made leaving home a little less stressful as I could picture a little more of what university would be like. In one of the group chats I was in we discussed budgeting, essential things to take to Warwick and such. The downside of these chats is that because they are made up of other confused future first-years, they can be a source of stress and make you worry about things you do not need to be thinking about so early. Overall, I found group chats helpful but I am also very aware that they are not for everyone so do what you feel is best for you.
All of this may seem like a lot but the most important thing once you have your place is really to just congratulate yourself and relax! I also wish the best of luck to everyone still waiting for their results!
Please leave a comment if you have any questions about Warwick or about my course 🙂