If you’re off to university this month, it’s likely that you are feeling a great mixture of emotions. You probably never realised you could feel so excited yet pretty anxious at the same time. Don’t worry, that’s normal. In fact all your fellow freshers are probably experiencing the same emotions. But don’t let your nerves get in the way and prevent you from taking the leap. After all, you don’t want to miss out on what could be the best years of your life. So check out these 5 handy tips to conquering all of your university jitters and jump full steam ahead into your new adventure.
1. Reach out to the students you will be living and studying with
Not making friends is perhaps the most common fear freshers have about starting university. I know, because I’ve been there. But that’s nothing to worrying about. After all, a good majority of your fellow students will be joining without knowing anyone either. There should be plenty of groups on social media sites linked to you university, where you will be able to find people who will be living in the same accommodation or who are studying the same course of you. Although it may seem daunting, why not add them and send them a message? They will probably be glad you reached out! Making some new friends and having a few familiar faces to turn to on your first day will help you feel more relaxed and put you at ease when socialising with others too.
2. Work out a budget before you go
Most freshers don’t have to fully pay their own way before they start university. At most, you might have had to pay for your own toiletries. But knowing how much to spend on shopping, how much to allocate to bills and how much to spend on treats can be confusing. You aren’t alone in being worried about money. In fact, this is something most new students feel anxious about.The best solution is to work out a budget before you go. You’ll probably already know how much student loan you are going to receive, so work out a monthly allowance and then split this between everything you have to pay for. You could always ask a parent for advice or a graduate who’s done it all before. Once you have a budget in place, you’ll feel more relaxed about money (as long as you stick to it anyway!).
3. Learn some simple recipes
Most of us rely on mum to cook the dinner or dad to make us lunch everyday, so the thought of having to cook for yourself a university can seem quite stressful. Take some time to learn some recipes before setting off that will be simple and cost efficient for you to make. You could ask your parents to show you or look online for advice. There are plenty of student cook books available too. Learning how to cook a few simple meals will get you through your first few months at university whilst you build the confidence to try out new things. Chances are your flatmates will have learnt a few easy recipes that they can share with you too.
4. Believe in your ability
Quite commonly, new students worry about how hard their course will be. Will they be able to keep up? Will they know as much as their fellow students? Well don’t panic. If you made the jump between the first year of college and the second, you’ll be just fine. University appears to be a lot harder than it actually is. Most courses begin with the basics, so everyone starts out with a mutual understanding of the topic. You’ll only move on to the harder stuff once you’ve gained enough knowledge to do so. Even if you feel like you are lagging behind, your university will provide you with plenty of access to all the books you could need and your lecturers will be more than happy to have a meeting with you when you feel like you need an extra push.
5. Remember everyone is in the same boat
Everyone heading off to university this month will be in the same boat with similar worries. Just like you, they’ll be joining university without knowing anyone so will be just as eager to meet new people as you are (this will make socialising so much easier!). They’ll also be just as worried about starting their course, budgeting and cooking so they’ll be plenty of people who understand exactly how you feel. By sticking together, you can help each other out and all your worries will be gone be the end of the first week.