We asked Lilly, a Fresher herself, to highlight some of the most common fresher fears and easy ways to combat them….
Living away from home
Moving to a new city can be very intimidating and you may be worried about things like cooking, settling in, budgeting, missing friends and family. However, the most important thing to remember is that everyone is in the same boat, so talking to your flat mates will help. Another good thing, is to personalize your room - put photos and posters up on the walls so it feels like home! Maybe you could even take some of your favorite home comforts with you i.e. pillows, favorite mug? Skype is a really good and very cheap way of keeping in contact with your family and friends back home – so make sure you download this too!!
Its a great idea to check out your uni’s Facebook page before you move in, this can connect you with people you’ll be living with in halls and on your course. Clubs and societies are also a perfect way to meet like-minded people and make long lasting friends with similar interests to you. But remember, although fresher’s week is made for partying, don’t let yourself get a bad reputation doing something silly!
Of course, your first few months are going to be spent partying, but it’s also important to get the right balance between work and play! After all you are at uni to study.Although with most courses the first year doesn’t count towards your degree, you must check because there are some courses where the first year does matter and as always, try to keep stress to a minimal. Study groups with friends from the same course may help to keep you relaxed. You should also leave plenty of revision time and make sure to speak to a lecturer if you are struggling with essays and work.
Lots of young people have no or little experience of budgeting so this concept can be unfamiliar, however, it’s really important to spend your money properly! A good tip is to work out how much money you have available to spend each week, and try to stick to it. You can also talk to the student advisor at your bank, the finance department at your university or a parent, should you find yourself in a difficult situation!
However it’s not all scary and there are so many things to look forward to at uni, including partying, exploring, making new friends and being completely independent! You’re also likely to make long lasting friends and form great connections that may help you with your future career.
The university experience is great and you are likely to have some of the best times of your life during your first year at university, so shake off those fears and try to enjoy yourself!
Good luck from everyone here at MKC!