Was I scared about going to university?
Going to university for the first time is a big life change and it’s normal to feel a mixture of excitement, anticipation and nervousness.
The summer in between sixth form and university was a very uncertain time for me as everything was riding on my exam results, which I didn’t receive until late August. Many of you probably feel the same, perhaps even more so because exams and assessment this year weren’t carried out as expected.
However, whatever it is you are nervous about, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. I was anxious about a lot of things before university, but those fears went away when I arrived on campus.
The thing that I was most excited but also the most nervous about was moving into student accommodation. This was the first time I’d ever lived alone away from home and family, so naturally I wondered how I would get on. There was a lot that was unknown, such as who I would be living with and whether my room would be comfortable, etc. But I didn’t have anything to worry about.
The hardest step is the first one, and once I moved in everything was okay. See my previous blog if you’re wondering what it’s like sharing a kitchen, and it has some tips on how to be a good flatmate: https://our.warwick.ac.uk/tips-for-sharing-a-kitchen-in-university-accommodation/
Moving away from home doesn’t mean you are unsupported either. Several of my flatmates went home for the weekends and reading weeks if they wanted to. It’s totally normal and accepted, and so is staying for the whole term and even holidays. There is also a resident tutor (often an older student who is a PhD candidate) who lives in your accommodation block, and they can help you out and direct you to further support if needed. The security staff are really friendly too.
I was also worried about making friends. I’ve always been a bit shy, but coming to university I decided that I was going to be the best version of myself, talk to people, smile and have a good time. And there was no shortage of people to meet. Pretty much everyone is in the same position of knowing no one, so people are very willing to interact and make friends. Societies and sports clubs are great places to meet people who share the same interests as you, so I definitely recommend going to their events/activities/classes. I now have three large circles of friends: my housemates, my coursemates, and my society friends.
I was also worried about potentially struggling with the course content, or of feeling that I may not be smart enough to be at university, but I had nothing to worry about. Those doubts still arise sometimes, but I tell myself that the department would never have accepted me as a student if my application didn’t show promise that I would be able to handle the course. The course isn’t too challenging or too easy for me, which is exactly what I wanted. Even if I did struggle, the professors are there to help you do well and explore the academic content.
Ultimately, it’s best to go with an open mind and not overthink too much. Focus on what you can control, and have lots of fun 🙂