Hello! My name is Amy, and I have just finished my first year at university studying Psychology. I thought that as it is a daunting time, moving to university, that I would write a blog about my experiences as well as a few tips to help you survive!
Moving away from home and in to halls was scary but mostly exciting. The new independence, the friends that you make (who are all going through exactly the same experiences as yourself, and therefore know how you feel) and the excitement totally makes the experience.
Your life up to the point of moving away from home has been sheltered, controlled (in some regards- clean your room, look after your sibling ect) however moving out gives you freedom. At the begging, this new found freedom is excellent, no rules no parents looking over your shoulder. However, this soon gets tedious when you have no clean clothes have ran out of food and the kitchen is a mess. The one thing you wish for is for your mum or dad to come and save you. But, it gets better, once in a routine, and you have an organised schedule life will become easy. it will all fit into place.
Anyway, some tips about moving into university:
- Don’t feel pressured to go out drinking if you don’t want to. I personally don’t care for drinking and found a friend who also prefers to stay in. So we would often sit in the kitchen eating ice cream and watch The Great British Bake Off or The Middle.
- In the first couple of days, you will more than likely make friends, these friends will become pillars in your life, supporting you through crisis and worries. These people will become friends for life. The friend I made on my first day is more like family. Making friends will make the year go in a blink of an eye.
- Put yourself out there, keep your door open. Make the effort to say hello.
- Don’t go home to often. This makes the home sickness worse. try and leave it a month or two before going home again for the first time after moving into university in September. This will give you time to settle in and get your routine in order.
- Learn to cook before you go to university. You will appreciate a home cooked meal, as will your flatmates. One of my flatmates had no clue in the kitchen, I was often helping her. It is good if at least one person in your flat knows how to cook.
- When bored, or feeling homesick, do housework. Clean. It will keep you occupied and at the end of the day that’s one less job to do in the week to come.
- Your parents are probably missing you more then they are missing you. Make the effort to ring home every now and then, even if its just a quick hello. This will make their day.
- Laughter is the best medicine. If upset, put some TV or film on which is guaranteed to make you laugh.
- SMILE! People will appreciate a friendly face. Remember, everyone is experiencing the same roller coaster of emotions as you are.
I hope you have found this blog helpful, and that it has made you less worried about your move to university.
I hope to write a blog a week, keeping you updated with university life, recipes (as I love baking) and general life.
Till next time, bye.