Starting university can seem a very daunting prospect as you are starting a new chapter in your life and may be moving away from home for the first time. We can all benefit from some tips from those who have already encountered the experience and survived.
Here are some of mine:
1. Get organised
When starting university, I was initially overwhelmed with the work load on my course and struggled to balance my time to get all the reading done. But, I soon found that using an academic diary made it easier to organise my time as I could mark out when I could get reading done around lectures and part-time job.
My favourite: the Pearson Academic Diary that provides useful tips on finance and revision planning.
2. Attend the Freshers’ Fair
The Freshers’ Fair is a great way to meet people and engage with current students who have already started university who can provide you with advice. Members of the Students’ Union are always there and more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the support on offer. You can also grab some freebies, such as pens and sticky-notes, which are always useful.
3. Only pack the essentials
As someone who tried to take pretty much everything I own to university, trust me you will regret it when you move out at the end of the year. If you are moving in with other people you may also find that you end up with five kettles. Only pack what is essential as you can always split the cost with flatmates.
4. Make the most of it
There are a variety of different things you can do to enrich your student life at university, such as joining a society or sports team. Make the most of your time when not studying so that you can develop extra skills which will enhance your degree and CV.
5. You are not alone
Leaving home for the first time can be really difficult as you are launched into a new environment with new responsibilities. It can feel like a very isolating experience, but most other students will be feeling the same way. Try to keep in touch with friends and family and let them know how you’re feeling. There are also support services at the university that are always available to help.