Going to university can be daunting, especially if this is the first time you’ve lived away from home, but you don’t need to worry. Everyone is going to be in the same boat as you and there’s nothing wrong with feeling a little home sick when you first move away.
Here are five ways to make the move away from home easier:
Whether you’re feeling anxious, excited, scared, or unprepared for your big move to university the best way to deal with it is to take control of the situation.
Start by making lists of everything you’ll need to take with you and everything you’ll need to buy. Brush up on essential life skills such as doing your own laundry and creating a weekly budget.
Knowing that you’re in control will help calm your emotions and leave you feeling prepared to take the next step in your life.
Social media is a great way of feeling part of a community of people you haven’t met yet so following your university on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and any other platform they have will help you feel involved before you even set foot on campus.
Many courses usually have their own Facebook group, so request to join that and you can “meet” your classmates before you’re all in a lecture hall together.
As well as getting to know your university you’ll also have a new area to explore. Start doing some research before you go so that you know what’s on offer.
For example, if you’re a music buff, look up which local venues have regular gig nights. It’s also good to know where things such as the doctor’s surgery and supermarkets are before you find yourself needing them in an emergency.
If you’ll be working whilst you’re studying then get a head start on other freshers and start applying for jobs before you start term.
Between studying, working, and making new friends you won’t have a lot of time to sit around feeling homesick.
Nothing signals to other students that you’re a great person to be friends with than having a stash of biscuits and tea bags.
Keep your door open when you’re unpacking at university and offer to put the kettle on when your fellow freshers stop by to say hello.