5 Tips on going to university alone
The chances are if you’re reading this blog then you’re about to move away and start your university journey. So, we’ve put together some tips to help the move seem a little less daunting and more exciting.
Keep in contact with family or friends
Family and friends can feel like a warm comfort blanket, especially when your feeling anxious or alone. If possible, schedule weekly calls and face times to help dispel any insecurities you might have. Also, they will probably have been through something similar before, like starting a new job or going to university themselves. They may even be going through the same thing currently – so pick up the phone and keep in contact.
Look on The online Student Room and forums
Most universities set up fresher’s forums prior to the start of term, so make sure you’re getting involved! And it’s a great way to get to know people before you get there. It might not be quite the same as in person, but that’s something learned to adapt to this over the past year. Again, it’s not essential, but it can give you a good head start!
Keep the door open!
So, this might fill you with utter dread and fear but try to keep your room door open. If it means even a couple of people pop their head in and say hello, it’s a great start! Being open to meeting new people often starts with small gestures.
Make plans back home
This might sound a bit counter-intuitive but having something to look forward to back home can help with the initial move. Although it’s important to establish a new life university, it’s also important to keep your friends and family back home close. This is not only good for your mental health, but it’s also a good conversation starter. It will keep you positive about home and hopefully about university too!
This might be an old one but it’s a good one! Getting involved is obvious and corny but it’s also very true. Sometimes, it’s easy to say ‘no’ as an automatic response, because you might be fearful or worried about joining in. But, as we well know, the more you do, the more you want to do. If you are genuinely busy and have work to do – great, that is what university is for. However, try not to find excuses to avoid social events. Yes, they can be awkward sometimes, but most turn out to be nothing like you initially feared.
We hope these quick tips and tricks help you with moving away to university. Trust in the process, and have faith that everything will be ok.
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