Things my first year at Uni taught me…

  1. Its okay to be nervous. Everyone is in the same boat and just as nervous as you are. Unlike High School and younger this is the first time in our lives where it’s more likely that we don’y know anyone so it is only natural to be nervous.
  2. Don’t be shy. Talk to everyone, in my case there were hundreds more people on my course than I was used to. Sitting in my first ever lecture and seeing how many people there were was extremely daunting, Al I could think was “how on Earth am I going to manage to make friends with anyone?” The answer to that, talk to everyone you sit by in lectures, and in tutorial, you don’t want to give off the impression that you’re rude or stuck up, sooner or later it will pay off.
  3. Do actually do the homework and tutorial prep, it will pay off when exam period rolls round.
  4. Have Fun. You’re in your first year, with very little responsibilities, so make sure you go out with friends and enjoy yourself.
  5. Don’t shit on your doorstep, meaning don’t hook up with a guy/girl in your own halls for a one night stand, you will have to see them every day and guaranteed your flat mates will revel in the awkwardness.
  6. Be yourself, acting like a different person just so people might like you is pointless, the real you will come out eventually.
  7. Don’t be scared to ask for help if you’re struggling with your course, chances are a lot of other people are too so you wont be the only one.
  8. Feeling homesick is nothing to be ashamed of.
  9. Make sure you stock up on fruit, and cold medicine, 9 freshers out of 10 will get freshers’ flu, even if you’re living at home.
  10. You wont like everyone you meet, and that’s okay, the important thing is you deal with it maturely. Don’t be two faced, be polite and civil if you have to talk to them but don’t seek out their company otherwise.

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