It’s the weekend that we’ve all been waiting for – it’s time to head to (or back to) university! On Monday I head back to my third year which is really exciting but also quite daunting. I will have such a huge work load this year and am also transferring to the Miss Selfridge in Cardiff so won’t have the opportunity to come home as often – something I did every weekend for the past two years and something which I slightly regret looking back.
University is an amazing experience. You will get to study something you actually want to do, you will be given the opportunity to stand on your own two feet, have your own place to live, have an amazing social life and meet new people. This can be scary for you freshers heading off for three years this weekend. For some of you (like me) it will be the first time you will be completely away from everyone you know and the surroundings that you’re most familiar with and while it is really exciting it is also quite an overwhelming time.
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I wrote about my university tips last year and have decided to do it again as I feel I have grown up so much over the past year. Admittedly I may not be the best at giving advice as I was so homesick for my first year that I nearly packed it in altogether – but here are my top tips for new freshers, and if this helps just one student I feel as though it has done its job.
1. Socialise often but always take time to yourself if needed.
For me the best part of Freshers Week was the socialising and going out. I had so much fun and love looking back at photos and the crazy times we had. Freshers Week is really exciting – new people to meet, new places to explore and new drinking games to partake in – but it can also be very tiring and that dreaded
2. Join societies.
A great way of meeting new people is by joining societies. There are societies to suit everyone.. (I think there’s even a tea lovers society in Cardiff Uni which I attend!) Societies often have meetings and hilarious nights out where you can meet like-minded people. I would definitely suggest joining the course society you are on where you can meet fellow students who are studying the same degree as you. I am a part of the Cardiff Journalism Society and through it I have made amazing friends on my course and have had some of y most enjoyable nights out!
3. Keep busy.
Sometimes I would get so bored and it would make me really homesick so keeping busy is a must. During freshers week my flatmates would sleep in with hangovers while I was up at the crack of dawn and it could get quite lonely. I would suggest joining clubs or getting a gym membership to keep you busy. For you bloggers writing on your blog is a great way to keep occupied! Although don’t do too much so that you have no time for your uni work, of course.
4. Don’t worry if you don’t get on with your flatmates.
Living with people you don’t know was probably the hardest thing for me. My mum cleans about a zillion times a day and living with people who didn’t wash their dirty dishes for days made my uni experience a lot more difficult. I didn’t get along with my flatmates extremely well as they were just completely different to me, but don’t fear. You will make friends through societies, your course, meeting friends on nigths out, the gym, in the flat above or below you… the list is endless! In the end I opted for living with different people in second year and we have narrowed it down to just three this year, which is a much more manageable number. Do what’s best for you.
5. Embrace every opportunity.
This is something I should have done a lot more in hindsight. I ran home at every opportunity to see my family and boyfriend and should have made sure I stayed in Cardiff and enjoyed myself more, which is something I am determined to do this year. Embrace the experience because you will only have one opportunity at the student life and it is over in a flash.
Let me just say that no matter what way you look at university and no matter how much you live it, it is an experience you will never forget and one where you will learn so much about yourself. All I can say is enjoy it and make the most of every opportunity. You will only get one chance!
If any bloggers are heading to Cardiff University please let me know!
It would be great to meet you 🙂
What’s your advice for freshers?
Lots of love,
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