Heading to university can be very exciting, but it can also be scary, however, there are some tips to help freshers adjust to university life.
Moving away from your family and friends to a new city, or starting a new course can become overwhelming if you don’t know how to properly adjust. So, here are a few tips and tricks to help make the transition smoother.
Tips for adjusting to university life
Remember everyone is nervous
Sometimes it can feel like you are the only person in the world who is feeling some type of way. But, chances are, everyone around you is also worrying or stressing about something.
People like to put on brave faces but if you get to know them, you may come to realise that you were both hiding the same feelings.
Especially when it comes to university, everyone is nervous! If you are worried that people will be looking at you or talking about you, remember: everyone is too preoccupied worrying about themselves.
Making a work calendar and dividing up your time at the start of the term can really help you out.
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It may seem tedious, but figuring out how much time you can spend watching Netflix and how much you need to focus on work will set you up with a good working schedule.
Getting into the routine of typing up your notes and condensing them after each class, not going out for a drink every night, knowing what room your next class is in, etc will help you enormously.
Try To Find Your People
Leaving home or starting up at a new place means you’ve left behind your comfort blanket of people. But, so has everyone else. So, you should try and put yourself in situations to meet like-minded people.
This could be going to the Student Union fairs, joining clubs, going out on a student night or just talking to the people in your classes.
University is a great place to meet lots of new people from all over the place.
Whilst meeting new people is a great thing, you don’t want to overwork yourself. Carve out some time to chill out and regroup.
This looks different for everyone, so just do whatever you like. That may be going to a coffee shop, playing video games, listening to music or just having a good ole’ nap.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
If things are getting too much or you feel like something is wrong, don’t be afraid to reach out to those around you. Most universities have designated tutors and supervisors to talk to if you are having problems with classes or personal issues.
If you don’t want to talk to someone at the university or someone in your life, there are other places to look: