When you first start University, or even when you’re going into second or third year, it can be a strange time. You might feel scared about leaving home, worried about social life, or excited about living independently.
Starting this chapter in your life can be tough, but there are a few practical things to remember when you start University, or move into a new University year.
When you start University, it’s all about making the transition a lot easier for you, and understanding the practical ways that you can look out for yourself during this different time in your life.
Below, find 5 practical things to remember when you start University and experience this new time in your life
One of the best things to remember when you start University is to stay connected. It’s very easy in this new time in your life to feel like you have to start fresh, but it’s important to find ways to stay connected to people you love during this time in your life.
Stay connected with friends and family from home over the phone, and if there’s someone from your school who is at the same University as you, reach out to them.
It’s a great way to stay connected to home when you might be feeling homesick, and having a familiar face in a strange place is so important.
One of the practical things to remember when you start University is to always look after yourself first and foremost. This might mean maintaining a healthy work/life balance for your mental health, or understanding how you can stay safe on campus.
For lots of students, this will be their first time living in a new city, so don’t forget to look after yourself above everything else, and remember to stay safe in any new situations.
Don’t walk home alone at night if you can, stick with people you trust when you go out, and always trust your gut when it comes to safety and looking after yourself.
Drink lots of water
I wish I had done this earlier, but carrying a water bottle with you is so important- at any time in your life. It is inconvenient and expensive to keep buying water bottles everywhere you go, not to mention unsustainable.
When you’re a student, it’s likely you’ll be busy throughout the day- and when you’re popping between lectures, or spending hours in the library, it’s so important that you’re staying hydrated. Drinking water regularly will keep you feeling fresh, especially as you start to enjoy some of University social life or find that you’re not getting as much sleep as you need.
If you decide you want to go out and drink, making sure you’re hydrated before you go to bed is also such an important rule to follow. Always stay hydrated, especially if you’ve had a drink or two.
If you’re a student, chances are you don’t have loads of money. Campus accommodation can be expensive in your first year, and suddenly spending more money on social activities can take its toll on your bank account.
My tip would be to save as much money as possible, whenever you can. It’s such a relief to still have a little money left over to spend over the summer, and you might want to have a little buffer in your bank account for moving into second or third year.
Try and find all the student discounts. Take it from someone who is no longer a student, you’ll miss the perks once you graduate.
Get up to date
Make sure you get up to date with everything you might need to know. Most Universities should give you talks about everything from sex education and consent, to experiencing academic issues. Make sure you’re aware of anything you might need to know during this transition time in your life.
Note down any emergency campus numbers, or find out how to alert campus security if you ever need help.
It’s unlikely you’ll ever need this information, but a great practical way to prepare University is to understand how to protect your safety, and to make sure you have all the information.
What do you think of these practical things to remember when you start University? Do you have any tips for starting University? What is your practical advice for starting University?
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