Why Week 1 is not as scary as you think it is.
It’s that time of year again, where campus turns from the barren wasteland of term 3 to the sardine-can of term 1. Whether you’re a returning student or a fresher, everyone finds the first few weeks of term the busiest and most stressful of the year.
You’ve likely been piled high with leaflets, fliers, welcome event invites, and endless administrative info from the department.
But don’t worry, the trees were totally worth all the paper. Week 1 is almost upon us, and that means its time to get into the real deal. University life is in full swing. Piles of laundry everywhere, breakfast bowls piling up in the sink, that good old fashioned panic-induced feeling that you’ve forgotten something but have no idea what it is you’ve forgotten. Good times.
But its not all domestic bliss, it’s time to really start getting your teeth into the actual content of your course. Now is the time you’ll get to meet all your lecturers, your course mates, get lost searching for rooms and have endless technological, PowerPoint related issues. And as many will tell you, it’s pretty intense. Going from a summer of nothing but sunshine and Snapchat to full blown 9am lectures and reading that starts right from the get-go can be overwhelming, especially when you’re still learning how to live independently.
However, there is good news! It’s not as scary as it all seems. Actually, Week 1 is pretty exciting. It’s a chance to put your expectations to the test, start building up your academic know-how, and meet some amazing new people. Your department is your home, and everyone here in CAL is here to help. We’ve all been there. Lost your door key? Been there.Have no idea where a room is? Been there.The world’s ending? We haven’t been there, but maybe in the near future?
Anyway. My point for making this was to try to put some of you at ease. Yes, this will be a big shock to your system, and yes, it will be stressful. But it will also be the best thing you’ve ever done. You’ve just made the best decision of your life, and everyone around you in CAL knows it, because we have too. Advice is everywhere in CAL, from the Linguistics Society to your Administrators, you lecturers, and Personal Tutors, all of us are here to help you out and get you involved in academic life. I hope to see some of you around the department, meeting some of you on Thursday was great.
In hindsight, I think I would have made more of an effort in my first few weeks of term to branch out, meet new people, and have a bit of fun. Yes, your grades are important. But you just got here. You worked hard to get here. Make the most of the time you have before things get busy in the spring.
So with that, enjoy week 1, get to your lectures on time (or as on time as you can be in the maze we call Social Sciences), and make some amazing memories. You certainly won’t regret it.