My second term at university has come to an end, and everyone is starting to look towards the future (with plans for summer or choosing modules for next year – I do not feel old enough for year 2 yet!!). So now seems like a great time for self-reflection on how I’ve changed since the start of the year.
So, here’s a note, from present me to past me:
When you first arrive at uni everything is going to feel slightly overwhelming: the bombardment of faces at Freshers (don’t worry, they don’t know your name either… and that girl who you sit next to but don’t know her name will add you on Facebook eventually!), the start of a new magical course (it gets so much better) and, of course, moving to a new place (you’ll never get over the mess in the kitchen, I’m sorry). I promise though, within a few months this place will feel like a home. It may take a while for you to find your feet, but it does get better!
I know that you were worried about making friends, but remember that everyone is in the same boat! They are trying to fit in, just like you, and find the people they click with. And it will happen! You were right though, jumping into the (seemingly bottomless) pit of societies was the best idea you had. So don’t be afraid to give it a go. And remember, there are lots of people and schemes out there to help you, you just need to reach out to them.
One last thing? Don’t be afraid to try something new – a sport, an idea within your course or even finding a new place to eat. Because I know you’ll find something you love. After all, I am future you.
Good luck, have fun and be yourself.