Your First Day At University

Living

This is it, the big day is finally here and it’s time to say goodbye to your parents for a few months and to say hello to the people you’ll be living with for at least a year. It’s okay to be nervous, but luckily we’re on hand to help…

 Deep Breath

 The first day of student life is a whirlwind of emotion, activity and (hopefully) celebration. You’ve finally made it to your halls which will eventually come to be home for you and your housemates.

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and/or nerves of the big transition and trust us, there’s going to be a lot going on in these first 24 hours. What you need to do therefore, is take it easy and breathe. Yes this is a big day but after the first shock it gets a whole lot easier. Plus, everyone else turning up is going to be just as nervous and uncertain as you, you’re not alone here.

Hello, Goodbye

 The people you meet today could be the best friends you’ll have for the rest of your life, so it’s time to get out there and say hi. If you’re living in a big accommodation block go that little step further and make yourself known to as many people as you can. You’re one big community now and the sooner you get those first impressions out of the way the easier it’ll be to settle down. Not to mention you’ll get to join in on more of the fun once mum and dad have left you to it.

Speaking of, for a lot of you this will be the first time you’ll be independent of your parents and that first goodbye will be a tricky one for many. It’s important not to dwell too much on the parting however, after all this isn’t really goodbye. Nor is it the end of anything, but a fresh start and one full of promise.

 Treat Yourself

The other thing that should be full on arriving is your cupboard and fridge space. While your parents are still around to give you transport and supplies it’s best to think about luxuries. Sure you can splurge every now and again on nice things but this is going to be the last time for a while that you’ll be able to get those little comforts without the guilt of how many weeks’ pasta you could have bought instead, maybe even a cheeky farewell meal out to get you going for the rest of the day. After all, it’s for your own peace of mind and appreciating the little things will make the big steps ahead that bit more manageable. Yes we’ve said it before, but it really does help.

 Time to Explore

 Now you’ve got moved in, said all necessary hellos and goodbyes and got stocked up for the weeks ahead, you should be ready to get acquainted with your surroundings. Familiarise yourself with where everything is, how long it’ll take to get there and, on finding the student bar, how much your usual poison will set you back. Getting the local knowledge (or “lo-know”) in early will get you ready for the daily routine, not to mention give you an idea of how much longer you can stay in bed when you need to.

 Time to Party

 The hard work of day one is over and it’s time to reward yourself with a bit of fun. Most universities tend to have a mixer party of some description over their welcome weekends, so it’s time to get dressed up, cut loose and enjoy yourself on your first full night as a student! Just…don’t overdo it on the first day, yeah? First impressions and all that. Plus, nobody likes getting a reputation on day one…

Words by Simon Whitlock

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