Have you spent most of your summer preparing for University? It can be a rollercoaster of emotions, excitement, anticipation, fear, frustration and of course worry. It can also feel like you have a huge amount of organizing to get through and so many things to get sorted before you leave. It can be a little daunting, which is why we’ve come up with 5 simple tips that will make your transition to University much easier.
Get your study essentials sorted
Don’t leave this until the last minute. You’ll undoubtedly have a reading list as long as your arm, so don’t wait to get hold of the textbooks you need. A laptop with all the relevant software is also essential, not only for studying but also for keeping in touch with family and friends back home. When you’re writing essays or dissertations, tutors or examiners will make sure it hasn’t been plagiarized, so it’s also a good idea to invest in software such as a downloadable plagiarism checker and even a proofreading and editing service.
Learn to do things!
For many, heading to Uni means leaving the nest for the very first time and getting their first taste of freedom. It also means that they’re thrown in at the deep end and struggle with the most basic of things, which can have a real negative impact on their Uni experience. To avoid falling into this category, make sure you find the time to learn how to do things for yourself. From doing your own laundry, learning a few basic (healthy) recipes so you’re not simply relying on takeaway and microwaved meals. It’s also a good idea to master the art of making a phone call to the Drs or the dentist…! Something which we all avoid doing!
Get to know your flatmates
Sharing accommodation is pretty terrifying. You’re bound to feel nervous and want to make a good impression. Try not to overthink it too much, take a deep breath and introduce yourself. Remember that everyone is in the same boat…even the person who seems overly confident; they’re probably missing home and just as hopeful to make friends as you are.
Get familiar with your new home
By this I mean your University campus, lecture halls, sports facilities and of course where the Dr/surgery is, bus routes, student friendly bars, supermarkets etc. This kind of knowledge will certainly come in handy when you and your friends are heading home after a night out or when you run out of milk!
Feeling homesick or worrying that you’ve made the wrong choice is completely normal. More
students than you think will be feeling exactly the same. But remember, having these feelings
doesn’t mean you’re not cut out for Uni life. Speak to your housemates about your worries, or chat to someone from home. And remember that the Student Union and your tutors are there to help you, so reach out if you’re struggling.