I don’t know whether or not I’m ready for the new uni year to start but I don’t really have a choice in whether it starts or not. Going into my second year, I don’t feel as panicked as I did this time last year. I feel so much more comfortable and, somewhat, ready to go in this year. Looking back at my first couple of weeks of uni, here are a couple of things that I wish I had known.
1. Don’t be scared to talk to people on your course
To be honest, I was scared to talk to pretty much anyone but don’t be. Pretty much everyone else is in the same boat as you at this point. Get to know people, go up to them and say hi. Who cares if they don’t end up being your best friend for the next three years? Getting to know the people on your course is so useful. They’re the people who get the exact same assignments as you and who are going the same modules.
2. Join a society
I did end up joining societies but I didn’t really get involved with them until my second semester. You’ll meet so many amazing people through societies that have the same kind of interests as you. Not only that but it’s such a great way to take your mind off of uni work. At least once a week, you’ve got something completely different to focus on. Most unis have such a massive choice of societies so you’re bound to find something that you love and something you probably didn’t even expect would be a society.
3. Pay attention in the first week
It’s not that I didn’t pay any attention at all in the first week. I just wish I had been more prepared for the amount of information my lecturers threw at me. You get thrown into the deep end when you start and there’s no taking your foot off of the brake. That first week of lectures is pretty valuable. It builds the basis for everything that you’re going to need to know and you get all the information on how to contact your lecturers, the office open times and when your assignments are going to be due in. It’s a valuable week.
4. You won’t love every single module
It might be your dream course but you are not going to love every single module that you do. At some point during your degree, there will be at least one module that you’re going to hate. But you just have to grit your teeth and get through it. Most of the time, there’s no way in getting around it. But it’ll be over before you know it, just don’t try to dodge it. That’s only going to make things worse and if you fail the module, you’re going to spend even more time enduring it for a resit.
5. Uni goes by quickly so enjoy it
It’s crazy how quickly a year goes by in uni. You won’t realise until suddenly summer exams are done and everyone’s back home. Semesters are so short and it’s amazing how much time goes by when you’re just enjoying what’s going on around you. Take every opportunity that you get. Experience uni to the full and appreciate all the time you have.
I’m not going to lie, I’m excited to start my second year and I can’t wait to see how it goes. Good luck to everyone that’s going to be starting uni this year.