It’s that time of the year again. And no, I don’t mean Christmas. With September approaching faster and faster, so is the new university year. After two years full of online classes, a lot of universities are preparing to go “back to normal” which means there are not just freshmen new to campus but also 2nd or 3rd years. To have a good start into the new school year, no matter if as a freshman or not, let’s talk about 5 useful tips that can help you with your start into university life.
1. Take charge of your life
What do people always say? With freedom comes responsibility. The same goes with attending university far from your parents’ watchful eyes. While it is quite easy to fall into the trap of freedom and lose sight of your responsibilities, be different and take charge of your life instead. Being away from your parents means being able to live however you want, to explore things you have always been interested in, or to simply finally organize your life all by yourself without having to attend any family commitments. My first tip for your start into university life is finding balance between having fun while going out and growing as a person. Enjoy your freedom, but don’t forget your responsibilities.
2. Go to clubs and attend classes
To have an amazing university life, it’s often important to make friends. The easiest way to do this is by attending clubs and classes. Proactively approach people and talk to them, you will be surprised how many interesting people you can meet. Everybody is alone in the beginning, so it’s easier to make friends. Besides, it’s easier to learn when you regularly attend classes. Clubs can help you figure out what you are interested in the most. Attend a few clubs in the beginning and then commit to only 1 or 2.
3. Inform yourself by attending orientation week
It might seem boring and exhausting to attend all the events, especially in the beginning, but it’s important. You will hear a lot of important stuff about how your uni works, or how early you might have to apply for a student exchange. So instead of having to figure out all those bit by bit, attend the events in the beginning and make sure you are aware of all deadlines that might become important.
4. Balance your studies and life from day 1 on
With all the excitement of making friends, living by yourself for the first time or being able to go out however you want to, it’s important to stay on top of your studies. It might not be what you want to do, but future you will thank you. However, much fun you’ll have in your first weeks, you’ll regret once you’ll have to catch up with all your work while also doing your current course work. Try to balance your studies and your life, by organizing yourself. Reserve a few days or a few hours each day for studying, so you can relax on the other days and enjoy life.
5. Try to stay positive and take care of yourself
Even if your university life is not the way you think it should be, or you are not getting the grades you want in the beginning, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Always remember the qualities that got you into university. Everybody needs time to adjust to new life circumstances, and it might take you some time to get back on top of your studies or to work out a good work-life balance. Staying fit and staying healthy, mentally and otherwise, can help you manage your stress. Carve out time for yourself and make sure that you don’t overwork yourself.
We hope those 5 tips help to make your start into university life a bit easier. Also make sure to check out 15 things no one tells you about university part 1 and part 2 to help you even further.
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