It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first year or your final one, your first month at uni is always insane. It can be totally overwhelming trying to figure out where the hell you need to be and what you should be doing, and on top of that you’ve got to try and make some friends, do your work and try to manage your first foray into being a proper grown up, one that has to do food shops and basically just get up in the morning (easier said than done).
If you’re just about to start uni, one of the biggest panics is usually; how the hell to find new friends. You want people to go on nights out with, to spend hungover Sundays in bed watching bad films and eating pizza with, who’ll always be up for going to the pub after lectures. Everyone is thinking this (trust us, Literally everyone). Very few people already know others, so you’re in the best company. Firstly, try to find uni facebook groups before you go, or follow your course Instagram account and see if anyone else is commenting about starting soon.
Secondly, at risk of sounding like your mum, don’t skip the introductory week. It might sound like a waste of time, but it’s usually when your course does ice breakers and introductions to everyone. The only thing worse than sitting through a cringe ice breaker, is showing up a week after everyone else has did them and have established their friendship groups. Your course friends will have housemates or other friends that you can be introduced to, and before you know it you’ll have a city full of people you can call on to get a cocktail with or help find your new favourite restaurant or the more realistic option… get shit faced with 😬.
There’s always the requisite joining of teams and societies etc. which we totally recommend if there’s something you’ve always fancied having a go at, but don’t just sign up to 60 different groups in a blind panic, because before you know it you’ll be an honorary member of everything from cross stitch to Quidditch (wtf is that???), and there’s not enough hours in the day to fit it all in.
Once you’ve got all the awkward friend-making out of the way, there’s the issue of actually going to uni. It can be absolutely terrifying – Like many, spending the first two months feeling completely overwhelmed and convinced that you shouldn’t have even be allowed on the course. One thing we cannot stress enough is don’t skip lectures. Of course, we know when 9am rolls around and you feel like you’ve been shagged through a hedge backwards (of course, not literally but, we don’t judge… ), after a heavy one the night before, that bed and Real Housewives re-runs can seem like a much better option, but honestly, it’s just not worth it. Drag yourself there in your best hungover-Olsen chic (massive sunglasses are non-optional) and just get it done. The more you skip, the more behind you get, and the harder and, harder it is to catch up.
The same goes if you feel like you’re totally stuck with work. Don’t avoid a lecture just because you either haven’t done the work or you don’t understand it. You could literally sweat through whole lectures because you’ve not done anything, then at the end you’re your tutor and basically have a mini breakdown because you didn’t understand what the hell you were meant to be doing. Trust us, they won’t be bothered that you don’t know what to do, they should always help you understand and give you a bit of direction to get yourself back on track. After all, because you’ve asked, it was obvious that you’re willing to learn and want to understand, whereas people who don’t show up just seem like they don’t give a shit – and that’s when they stop wanting to help!
Uni can be really hard and super stressful, but it can be the best three years of your life too. All about the balance, it’s not nearly as scary and lonely as you think it’s going to be, and you’ll end up with so many amazing friends, memories and skills. Now get out there, pick your best first day outfit and enjoy becoming the Boss Bitch you know you can be.
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