I joined the University of Gloucestershire September 2008 and will graduate in 2012. This year you are starting the first part of your life’s journey whilst my time at the University of Gloucestershire will be in its final stages.
When you arrive to the University in September keep these 5 points in mind:
First 4 – 6 Weeks Might be Tough*
Think about it. You will be living in a new part of the country, perhaps living away from home for the first time, you are away from your usual friendship group and have started a new education course. When I first started University I felt incredibly lonely, often depressed and, in hindsight, overwhelmed by everything. If you feel any of these when you start understand that things will get better. Trust me.
Remember to Eat (not just junk food)
Man cannot live off microwave meals and pizza alone. Make sure you have at least 2 meals a day and that one of them is a proper meal. Not eating properly at University will cause you to feel unwell, your skin will go quite pale and you will lose concentration. Forgetting to eat at University is easy to do – learn how to cook.
Have Confidence, say hello
When you arrive at the University as a first year student none of the freshers will know each other. Say hello to new people. People at the University of Gloucestershire are incredibly friendly and there is no harm in saying hello. Have the confidence to do this.
University is an opportunity to get involved with different things. These can be sports teams, societies or volunteering. I regularly get involved with Tone Radio at the University of Gloucestershire and find that far more exciting than my Public Relations degree. You will find likeminded people at University but you may need to step outside of your comfort zone to find them.
Don’t Forget your Degree!
Your degree is the reason you’re at University. Try to attend as many lectures as possible. The key to achieving high grades is good organisational skills and focus.
*If you have started University and are finding things tough then feel free to email me at my University address: s0806637 [AT] connect [DOT] glos [DOT] ac [DOT] uk