5 tips for your first day in university. 0

Freshers is sneaking up on us, like a kitten trying to get a nibble on your toes, so let’s continue our countdown with number 5.

5 tips for your first day in university.

Your first day in uni is kind of like your first day in school in a lot of respects. It’s all new, a different way of life to how you’ve been going about things before and you’ll probably end up wanting your mum or dad by the end of it all. Through my own blurred recollections, I offer you some musings on what might help you in your first day in big person school.

5. You’re probably not going to remember most of it
I can’t remember much of my first day in uni. Not that I was drunk(please don’t turn up drunk!) or anything, it’s just that your brain is bombarded with tons and tons of new sights, sounds, smells(take a shower beforehand) and it’s working overtime to try and make sense of it all. As such, it’ll filter out a lot of things it thinks is unnecessary. So the day itself is going to be a blur of being taken places, meeting people, all sorts of things, so it’ll probably feel a bit overwhelming. Bring a pen and paper, you’ll need.

4. Then again, neither will most others.
Everyone is in the same boat, being herded around like poor lost lambs and not knowing what to say and who to say it to. That’s okay! Recognise that fact when dealing with people because, sometimes, people might be a bit stressed at all these new things. So if someone seems a little off, maybe it’s because this is a bit new, so don’t be too quick to judge them on that first experience!

3. Get talking with people.
This might be self explanatory but still, it bears mentioning. Get chatting with those around you, though only when appropriate of course. Try and get a relaxed atmosphere with everyone, so you can get on with the process of being introduced to the new and important stuff. See if you can arrange a meeting up with everyone after the first day is done so you have something to look forward to at the end of the day. These people will form your core group of peers for the next 3 years, so for better or worse, it’s a good idea to get to know people.

2. Ask questions if you need to.
There will be people there to help you that day. Use them if you need to! If you don’t ask and you’re unsure of what to do or where to go, you’re just adding on extra pressure to yourself. You definitely don’t need that on your first day. Plus it gets you into the habit of asking for help when you need it and, believe me, you will need help during your time at uni. So get asking!

1. Enjoy your day!
This is the first day of your uni life. Make the most of it. Start as you mean to go on! Go into that first day saying to yourself that you’ll have no regrets and you’ll set yourself up for the rest of uni. With all the new people and information you get, it will be tough, but taking it in your stride will set yourself up for life! Or 3 years in uni, whichever.

So there ya go, my 5 top tips! As always, if you have any comments, suggestions or general things like that, give me a shout on twitter at @Alan_UWTSD.