Wednesday, 23 September 2015

An Honest Letter to the Freshers

Heading to university is something I think schools fail to prepare you for, or at least mine did. No-one knows what to expect, and I think there should be more information on offer to you about the range of emotions you experience before you leave. I left about a week after the majority of my friends and schoolmates, so whilst I was anxious about going, I was also seeing people I'd loved spending time with for years having the time of their lives without me and our tight knit group of friends which was hard. No-one had even remotely prepared me for that!

(Make the most of uni, you'll be here before you know it!)

You will experience so many emotions leaving for university, and that's a good thing. You will feel excitement at the great experience that is awaiting you. You might be anxious about meeting new people and having to find your way in a brand new city, which is totally OK too. You might feel sad about the fact that you are leaving your family behind, and the friends you have spent so much special time with during your school years. But equally, you might not feel any of those things and feel completely different - thats just how I felt!

But, it is worth it. The best advice I can give you is to accept how you are feeling about university, but go into it with an open mind. It might take you a few weeks to find the people you'll stick with for the rest of your uni years, or you might find them within days. You may lose some friends from home along the way but the ones that care will stay with you and you'll be celebrating your graduation with them before you knew it. You will miss your family, but the independence and experience you will gain whilst you are at university will be INVALUABLE. It will literally change your life, in many different ways.

Your university years will go so fast, so make sure you make the most of it. Making the most of it doesn't mean you have to be pissed by 8pm every night, although this is the "stereotypical" view of uni, making the most of it is more of a personal thing to you. Making the most of it might mean graduating with a top grade, or making lots of friends, or learning how to cook. It might mean having thousands of hilarious drunken stories to tell too. Everyone has a slightly different experience of university, and although it won't always be a good one, you will look back at your experience with fondness once you realise what it has taught you, even if you found some of it challenging.

Enjoy your experience! I wish I could be moving back into halls with you all this year.

What would you tell new freshers?


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