So you left home, dived into Welcome Week and are starting to find your way around campus. You (I hope) have started to feel the rhythm of university life with the mix of social, sport, lectures, reading and coursework. I hope you are also finding friends, having great conversations (some serious, some absolutely not!). So my tips for those who started uni this year.
You’ve got a long time at university so don’t worry that you feel you might be missing out. You don’t have to go to EVERY party, sing up for EVERY pub crawl or play ALL the sports. You’ll have a marvellous time but mostly you’ll get the most out of university by taking time with the things you really love to do. So make sure you aren’t rushing from one thing to another without time to hang out with your fellow students. You are in an amazing crowd so take time to have coffee and chat. It’s all part of the experience. All part of what you are gaining from university.
Yes join in. There are vast opportunities to play sport, expand your horizons, volunteer, gain work experience and learn about the world. But pick a small number that you are really excited about and dive into those. This is so much better than skimming across the surface of too many options.
And reflect on these. Think about what you are learning from these experiences. What is your response to them? What is it you like doing? What is it telling you that you are good at? What are you finding you are less good at?
And have at least a little time to just relax. Wander about, cycle gently, have coffee….