1. Not everyone will be your best friend & that’s okay
The whole university experience means that you are thrown into an environment with people to meet left, right & centre. You might be in a flat with around 5 others, your course may be one of the large ones, there’s freshers events here & there & overall, it could be a bit overwhelming.
But go in with an open mind, you might not get on with someone initially & over time they become a good friend, you might meet someone & hit it off straight away. But also, accept that if you don’t get on with someone, that’s completely okay! You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are going to be plenty of like-minded people.
2. Enjoy your nights in as much as your nights out
Most uni’s have a fab night-life & if you love going out, then that’s definitely for you. I have some brilliant memories of nights out in my last two years of uni. But the nights in are just as important, especially for bonding with your friends. Me & my flat-mate did some baking one night, started watching a series for example. Going out isn’t the be end & end all, so don’t worry if it’s not something you want to do often.
3. Get into your ‘study’ routine
The first year grade doesn’t count at most unis & I was pretty happy about that, I knew it would be a huge adjustment for me to move to uni & after a year of working so hard for my a-level results, it was good to know that my overall degree result wouldn’t be impacted by the first year grade. But by getting into some sort of ‘study’ routine does help. Remember we are actually paying for this!!
4. Food shopping is expensive
That reduced section in Tesco will become your best friend. To be honest, I can’t really remember what I ate in the first term & overtime, you’ll have a ‘go-to’ shopping list, but it all adds up. Find your nearest Aldi for all the bulk buy things but definitely treat yourself with some nice stuff every once in a while!
5. Trust that everything happens for a reason
This is probably the most important one to take away. You may have met some ‘amazing’ friends in the first week & within a month, you realise that they really aren’t your people at all. It’s okay to take a step back & focus on you. It’s okay to not have your house mates sorted for second year straight away. But I’ve learnt that if you meet someone & think ‘yeah they’re a good egg’, stick with them. I’ve met some of my best friends & boyfriend through this methodology so tried & tested eh?