Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Tips For Starting University | Abi Street

For a lot of us, September is full of new things for everybody. What I'm going to be focusing on is starting university. This time last year I was packing all my things up, and moving to wales to start at the University Of South Wales. All I can say is, I was a bag of nerves but I will never ever regret it, although it was a year full of ups and downs, It was one of the best years of my life. I have obviously learnt about the subject i'm studying which is Event Management, but i have learnt so many life lessons and how to properly look after myself without an adult constantly around. But what i think is most important, is i have learnt who i am as a person and really grown into myself this past year. 

When i was younger, i was this small blonde incredibly shy child, i hated going out without my parents and i was absolutely awful at meeting new people. Last year was a big lifestyle change for me, i grew into the person i am today and i am so proud of that. I have travelled all over the uk by myself working at festivals on my own and moving to university was one of the biggest steps of my life. Now, i am constantly talking to new people and it is my favourite thing to do. If i try to meet new people when i'm with my friends and i tell people i am shy, they honestly laugh in my face and tell me i'm ridiculous.

Leaving home and moving away for university is a huge step. I can remember saying goodbye to my friends and family, crying a lot and really not wanting to go, but at the same time I was extremely excited for a new chapter of my life to begin. 

Moving away is only as stressful as you make it. This post is going to contain some tips on what will make starting university a little less stressful and a little more fun.

  • Get involved with every single group on Facebook that is connected to your university and halls - this is a great way to connect with people at your university.
  • On those Facebook groups, try to find your flatmates and set up a group chat - this make life easier and helps with breaking the ice, also so you don't turn up at your flat with 6 cheese graters.
  • Get your hands on some moving boxes. This is one that really helped me, I moved all of my things in one trip and it was so helpful having all the boxes labelled so I wasn't searching for things for hours.
  • Be open - even if you are shy, don't be the quiet one that doesn't say anything. Introduce yourself and get talking, its the only way to make friends.
  • Be prepared to be out of your comfort zone for a long time, moving away from friends and family isn't an easy task. Along with this, you have to meet new people, get used to new surroundings, get used to a new course and looking after yourself. It wont be strange forever, it will become normal life.
  • Get fully involved with freshers. The whole time I spent a lot of money and was extremely drunk, but even a year on me and my flatmates still laugh at things that happened in freshers. Enjoy yourself, you're only a fresher once!!
  • This is extremely boring but make sure you budget. This is something I didn't do and I really struggled with money. It is important if you want to eat and still be able to do things.
  • Be prepared to look absolutely ridiculous on fancy dress nights out, don't always focus on looking pretty.
  • Go to your lectures and take a lot of notes, this will help so much when it comes to exams and essays.
  • Take time finding out who you are as a person, you most likely will anyway but it helps if you push it a bit, you will feel so happy with yourself when you find out who you really are and feel fully comfortable in your own skin.
  • Sign up for societies at your freshers fair, this is one this i really wish i did. Well, i did sign up for about 3 societies, but then never bothered because i discovered how amazing bed and Netflix is. This is probably one of the best ways of meeting new people and getting a bunch of friends that have the same interests as you.
The most important tip is to just be yourself and enjoy it, it's the final hurdle before becoming an adult and believe me, it will be over before you know it!

Thanks for reading,
Love Abi x


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