Are you about to start your first year at university? Well not to worry. I have been in your position and I can tell you all about what to expect. I remember all sorts of things running through my head when I was about to move into student halls. Student Halls were a whole different world compared to living at home. The university course itself was completely new to me and I didn’t know anybody when I got there.
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1st year does count
There is a myth that constantly floats around every year: 1st year does not count. I highly disagree with this having been through 1st year myself. As I was looking for a placement year, it meant that companies were asking for my 1st year grade. Therefore, if I had flunked 1st year, I would not have been able to get any interviews. If you were not looking to do placement, I still believe you should put all of your effort into your first year at university.
Due to the fact you still have to pass the course to actually get into second year. I have seen it before where people have messed about thinking university is easy, and then they fail their 1st year. It will also help you get into the groove for second year. You can practise the skills you will need to continue throughout your time at university.
Have some sort of routine
Having a routine at university will help you massively. Even if you are going out every night and socialising it is still important to spend a little time on your studies. A great thing to put into your routine is exercise. I personally did drink a lot more alcohol at university than I do when at home, so I found it important I kept up with my exercise. Even having a daily walk will do you the world of good. It is also such a simple way to achieve a healthier lifestyle and to burn calories and get exercise. Exercise is incredibly important for you. There are so many little things you can do that will help you keep a routine. They don’t have to extreme changes!
When you first get there whether you are in student halls or if you chose to live alone, it can be incredibly overwhelming. So, something I wish I had done in 1st year is be more open. I wish I had joined a society and made more of an effort to talk to more people. Remember, everybody is in the same position and is feeling just the same as you are. There are so many opportunities and I advise you to take on everything you can.
I actually took up an opportunity where I was sceptical at first. But I decided to go for it. I ended up working in America for 3 months over the summer and I loved every minute of it. I met amazing people and got to travel parts of America while doing it. So, my advice would be to just go for it! You may never get the chance again.
I agree with the statement that ‘what you put into you will get out’. You really do need to get stuck in and see where you can get with it. There are so many opportunities that university offer so don’t be scared to try new things.
Student Halls were nothing like I imagined. I was really lucky, and I made such good friends with my flatmates. In fact, one of them became by boyfriend…I know we broke the ‘don’t get with your flatmates’ rules. However, there will always be that flat mate where you don’t see eye to eye. My advice would be to not cause any massive arguments if you can avoid it. It will not be worth it! You have to live with this person for the rest of the year. Of course, if it is something major that it causing an issue then do make sure you talk about it. But try to not make it uncomfortable for the both of you.
Whether it be dirty plates, crumbs on the floor or someone not taking the bins out, you will most likely run into some disagreements. Everybody has lived different lives at home so it would be strange if everybody got along right away and lived the same. So you do have to be ready for people doing things differently to you.
Quick story: We had a food thief in our flat. When we confronted her she denied it even though we all knew it was her. We decided not to cause any arguments because it would make everyone feel uncomfortable. So we all sat down and had a chat about it and sorted the problem.
My last bit of advice would be to just enjoy it. Your time at university will fly by. So, do not take yourself too seriously. Of course, do the work need of you but also give yourself time to experience different things. Enjoy getting to live independently (if you move out of home). Learn new things like how to cook and clean.
Enjoy meeting people from all over the country and even the world. I do believe that you can make some of the best friends at university if you really make the most if it. Enjoy your course and getting to learn a topic that actually interests you.
Enjoy living in a different city (if you move into halls) experience a place you haven’t been before. Try new food places and new bars. Try a different bowling alley and walk to a park you have never been to before.
I hope you enjoyed reading my best advice for 1st year students. I would say that one of the biggest things I regret about my time at university is not joining a society. I had so many friends that did them and got so much out of it.
Thank you to Amber for writing this and thank you all for reading.
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