Monday, 9 September 2013

How To Survive Freshers, Part 2.

Well after the success of my first 'How To Survive Freshers' post which you can see here I thought I'd do another one. As no one in my direct family or friends had within the past few years attended university, I was literally going in blind. I wished someone had warned me about the dark side to uni or all the little hints and tips that make you go a long way so I see it as important to share my experiences. Sit down and shut up kids.

Now many of you will be heading off to uni over the next couple of weeks and no doubt you're probably freaking out as you enter the great unknown. I went through moments of 'Oh a new adventure' to 'PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME GO.' It's completely natural whatever you're feeling so stay calm folks!

1. Into the deep. The first minutes of arriving at your student flat are probably the scariest minutes of your life. You've just arrived at your new flat, you're in a building full of strangers and your dads dragging your hysterical mum out the door ready to abandon you in a strange city. But you've made it this far so DON'T PANIC. If it makes you feel any better, after my parents left I spent 10 minutes crying in my room too scared to go into the kitchen where my new flatmates were. However I plucked up the courage to open the door and bound on in . Before you know it you'll be helping each other with the fancy dress of whatever theme is going whilst playing some rather bizarre drinking games. Little things like keeping your door open whilst you unpack and bringing chocolates etc are a good way of making friends in those first hours/days.

2. Student meet microwave, microwave meet student. Your new best friend. And NO I am not encouraging ready meals. In all my 2 years of uni I haven't consumed a single ready meal. Snaps for Laura! Back to the point - because you are an unorganized and spontaneous student you wont ever remember to defrost your meals or your meat so buddy on up to your new best friend Mr Microwave and it's plain sailing for the next 3 years. Making your meals stretch to 2 is a good idea if you freeze one so on those long,  cold, hard days at uni when all you want to do is sit in a ball and eat your body weight in pizza takeaways but don't have the cash, no fear, you saved some pasta bake in the freezer last week. Hey Mr Microwave!

3. It's Hard. When you actually get round to attending lectures, yes that thing you actually came to university to do, you have no idea what your going into. You're starting a new subject with a new learning style and you're expected to do EVERYTHING by yourself. Your first reaction maybe to jump ship. Especially when you get your first assignments. Don't panic. Everyone finds it hard at first. Don't let the work knock your confidence. It's always said if you can make it through the first term you can make it through anything. Very true. So hang on in there, procrastinate a lot and boss out those assignments. If you're stuck don't be afraid to speak to your lecturers/tutors or any open doors services your university offers. There will always be help on hand even when you feel quite stuck and alone.

4. There is such a thing as being too ambitious. Really there is. When you join uni they will offer you so many societies/clubs/activities/events you just don't know what to do with yourself. There's a society for everything. My uni even has a 'Fetish Society'. Don't ask me the details I honestly don't know nor do I want to! You'll probably discover a whole new world of activities and sports that you want to get involved with and that's great! However you'll most likely sign up to at least 6 societies during freshers fair and actually attend a grand total of 0-1. Don't stretch yourself over 3 societies and attend every social and event on the calender. Remember you need to study at some point!

5. Stock up on Lemsips. A very valid argument pointed out on my last post by a reader. You can't run, you can't hide, freshers flu WILL get you. After 2 weeks of term I laughed as my fellow students coughed their way through a 9:15, thinking myself the lucky one for escaping the dreaded lurgy. Oh how freshers flu got the last laugh. Not only did I get freshers flu but I got tonsillitis which wiped me out for half the term and took 3 months to recover fully. My poor flatmates were bringing me cupa soups in bed and dealing with my self pity. Cold and flue medication can be pricey so it's best to get your parents to by you enough to stock a pharmacy before you even meaning no lurgy can catch you off guard. Don't forget the tissues!

So here are another good 5 tips for surviving those first precious weeks. If you are about to embark on your journey at uni and you have no idea what to expect with your mind full of questions, don't hesitate to get in touch as I can possibly try to help ;)

Good luck!

L.Bel xoxo


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