September might seem a long way into the future, but you’ll be surprised how quickly time can fly by when you have a lot to plan for. Over the next couple of months, you’ll be finishing A-levels, planning a move to university, organising your belongings and preparing to study at university; so where do you start and when should you begin?
When I look back on my time at sixth form and preparation for planning the move to university, it went by so quickly! One moment I was finishing exams, and the next I was travelling up with my dad to move into halls!
Obviously, the main thing to focus on at the moment is your exams/coursework and completing your work – you won’t be able to get to university without putting in some effort, so don’t assume you will just get there (not putting any pressure on you!). However, if you’ve been offered a place then the university sees potential in you, so don’t think you’re not in with a chance – you’ve got through the first part, now keep going!
Once you’ve finished for summer, take some time for yourself. Have some time to relax, go on holiday with friends, spend time with family, go travelling or have some “me” time – I really needed it after sixth form as it was an incredibly stressful time and I was so happy to be ‘free’ for a few weeks, make the most of it!
If you’re bored, try and get a part time job. It can not only fill up some of your time, but give you a bit of extra money for those rounds of shots on fresher’s week – believe me, you’ll spend A LOT on that week!
After you’ve relaxed, try and plan a bit for your move. Make a list of the absolute essentials you’re going to need: bedding, plates, cooking things, study things, bathroom essentials etc. then you can add extras to the list. You don’t need to worry about everything all right now, because if you forget something then you can always buy it from town.
Finally, if you’re ultra-bored then maybe look into the course and see if there’s any recommended reading or things you could be doing to prepare. I had no programming knowledge before starting, so I looked into Java and also a bit of HTML for web which came in really handy; even if you don’t end up needing it, it’s something new you learned!