What scared me in my first year?
The first week of term is approaching pretty rapidly. I bet one thing is going through your head: how are you going to make new friends in a completely alien environment?
Trust me, I’ve been through this phase too. It really does hit you like a brick wall.
I am an international student, so I was scared about making friends and a possibility of a culture shock. What if my new acquaintances and flatmates thought that I was weird because of the things I’m used to doing on a daily basis?
What if my new acquaintances and flatmates thought that I was weird because of the things I’m used to doing on a daily basis?
Well, let me stop you right there. No one will be judging you whatsoever; in fact, you’ll be embraced with open arms.
Warwick is an amazingly diverse university. You will definitely find your own niche on campus.
You’ll definitely find your own niche at Warwick.
You don’t believe me? Let me narrate my story, then.
During freshers’ week, I was this awkward kid who’d just turned 18, still getting a hang of the whole ‘adulting’ thing. I wasn’t great at communicating with people, either; therefore, logically, I thought I would be shunned by everyone who I’d try to connect with.
As it turned out, that was not the case at all. My flatmates were welcoming and generally amazing, and I made some crazy memories with them over the course of my first year.
Furthermore, some of the closest friends I’ve made at university have been through talking to people; I would chill in my course common room, which served as an ideal kindling spot for the most insightful and weird conversations I’ve ever had. Coming from a guy who was deathly scared of talking, I did manage to talk to the people who matched my wavelength.
I’ve made some amazing memories with my flatmates in first year, and had some insane conversation in my course common room too. Not something I would have expected from 18-year-old me in first year.
Plus, I tried out a few societies centred around things I liked. Made quite a few friends over there too. This gave me the resolve to start a new society myself this year, so that I, too, can help someone find their niche on campus.
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that you have no reason to be scared. It seems to be a massive, daunting step, but you have an amazing community of people to help you on your way.
Just gear up, get in the headspace, and enjoy the ride.
What’s the biggest thing scaring you about University? Want some advice from a (not-so) wise third year student? Feel free to message me!