All my friends went back to Oxford recently and relived their freshers week last week whilst I’m in France on my year abroad *slight sniff*. This is significantly later than most other British universities, but if you’re doing your first year of university right then you’ve probably continued to party long after the end of freshers week! Going to uni is a brilliantly fun and new experience but it can be quite hard knuckling down and actually doing some work, which (unfortunately) is the real reason you’re there. I definitely got swept up in all the freshers hype and didn’t do as much work as I should’ve done in first year. Luckily, my first year exams didn’t count towards my final degree grade, but that’s not the case for a lot of people. It can be hard trying to find a balance between your social and academic life when you’re surrounded by so many exciting things but it is so so important to get yourself into good habits early on as they’ll make your life much easier later on in the year.
So without further ado, here are my tips on how to get back on track after freshers:
A seriously underrated activity at university. When I first got to university I think I got the least amount of sleep that I’ve ever had in my life. After numerous nights out in a row and (fairly) early rises for meetings and activities that don’t involve alcohol (yes, they do exist at university), suffice to say most people are pretty knackered after freshers week. SO SLEEP! If you don’t let yourself catch up on sleep you’ll only find yourself getting more and more tired as the term drags on and this will start to affect both your academic and social life. I learned to nap at university and they’re literally the best thing ever. A one and a half hour nap before dinner is all you need to perk yourself up and getting ready to go out on the town (again).
2. BUY A DIARY
The most simple idea and yet this can be so helpful for figuring your life out at uni! You’ve probably signed up to loads of different societies already so it’s a good idea to note down when all of your social activities are, when your lectures and classes are, and when your deadlines are. It doesn’t have to be a physical diary, it could be an app on your phone or an online calendar. I really like the app Wunderlist as you can create lots of different lists for different assignments or subjects and mark out which things are a priority.
3. DON’T FORGET YOUR OLD FRIENDS
Of course you’re going to making lots of new friends and meeting new people all the time at university, but don’t forget to check in now and again with your old school friends and your family. Your friends are probably going through the exact same thing that you are and it can be nice to share nice/funny/horror stories from your first week at uni with the people that you’re closest too! If you’re feeling homesick or stressed out, your friends and family will always be there for you though it can be easy to forget this when you’re in new surroundings. Don’t forget that these people want to hear from you so it’s just as much for their benefit as it is yours!
4. ENJOY SOME ‘ME’ TIME
Freshers can be a little overwhelming for some and to avoid getting snowed under by social or academic commitments, remember to take some time here and there for yourself! You might feel like you constantly need to be doing something or hanging out with new people but you’ll only run yourself down if you don’t leave yourself enough in between to just relax. Watch some netflix, pick up a book, cook – whatever it is is that you like to do to unwind at home – don’t forget about it at uni!
5. LEARN TO SAY NO
When you’re trying to make new friends, it’s natural to want to say yes to every opportunity thrown at you in order to impress people, but learning to say no is so important. If you know you’ve got an assignment due in at 9am tomorrow morning but you haven’t started it yet, going clubbing with your new best friends isn’t a good idea. People go clubbing several times a week at uni, to the same clubs no less, so missing out one night isn’t social suicide. If you’ve got too much on your plate, you’re not feeling too well, or even if you simple don’t feel like, don’t succumb to peer pressure. If they’re real friends, they’ll still invite you out next time.
What tips would you guys recommend?
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