I am very jealous of anyone heading to university this month as a fresher. You’ve got all of your university years ahead of you, which (prepare for the cliche) will be some of the best years of your life! If I could go back and do my first year all over again, I would.
So for those of you who are starting their first year at university soon, here are some tips on how to make the most of it!
- Socialise with your flatmates/housemates – You may not have much in common or you may get on like a house on fire, either way you have to live with these people for a year, so it’s in everyone’s best interests that you at least try to get along! Personalities may conflict, it’s bound to happen but if you keep arguments to a minimum it will make living easier for you and everyone else in your flat!
- Join a society – Sports and Societies are a huge part of any university, and I can guarantee that there will be a group you will love and fit into. Don’t worry, they aren’t all sports based; there are often drama societies, film societies and others which may relate to your degree course. They can provide you with great experiences and are one of the best ways to meet people who enjoy the same things you do! (If your university don’t have the society you’re looking for, you can always make it! I did!
- Don’t go home too often – It’s common for people who get home sick while at uni. It could be your first time away from home and maybe you’re having a hard time adjusting to the new independent lifestyle. You may want to visit home often, but nothing good comes from visiting home too much. You don’t settle into university properly and you might find that your housemates/coursemates end up forming friend groups which don’t include you. It’s best to stick it out for as long as you can, giving yourself more of a chance to settle into the new lifestyle.
- Do go to your lectures – Yes, even if you are hungover! What you learn in them will help you out in future years, even if they don’t count for anything just yet! (Remember that you do have to pass first year to carry on into second!) Also, it’ll help you meet more people who you will have to spend a lot of time with throughout your course.
- If you like going clubbing, go clubbing! – Don’t waste a night in when you could be out! This is definitely some advice I wish I had been given in my freshers year because opportunities for nights out come a lot less often in years 2 and 3! Take them while you can; there’s no such thing as a fresher who goes out too much!
- Don’t take it all too seriously! – University and especially your first year is a time to have fun. Your academic demands will be at their lowest and you’re in the best position to make loads of new friends and great memories!
Most importantly, my advice is to have fun! University is exciting, new and great fun; I know you’ll love it!