The sun has finally returned a little here, which means I’ve been outside a lot more this week and had the time to catch up with a few friends.
As it’s the middle of July many of you will have finished college for the year now (some of you will have finished for good!)
For those who are done: congratulations! And best of luck for all your results. For those who aren’t quite finished yet don’t fret, summer break is just around the corner.
With the end of college comes a lot of worries about the next step you will be taking: going away to university. It’s perfectly natural to be slightly worried, but I promise you, you will love the experience! All you have to do is take advantage of every opportunity and enjoy yourself along the way.
The number one worry people have about university is meeting new people and making friends. I was really worried about this before I came to Edge Hill. I’d had the same friends through the entirety of Secondary School and College, so moving away from all the people I’d known for so long and the prospect of making new friends was absolutely terrifying.
Looking back on it now I realise it was an entirely irrational fear! I’ve made lots of new friends both on my course and outside of it. The great thing about uni is that you meet people from all over the country or (quite often) from all over the world. Here are just some of the awesome people I’ve met, and some of the new things I’ve tried (mini-golf was my favourite.)
If you’re worried about making new friends you’re not alone. And the best thing to remember is that everyone else is in the same boat as you.
I’m going to impart my best words of wisdom for making new friends at uni for you now, although chances are you won’t even need to use them!
Join Societies: Societies are a great place to meet people from outside your course who have similar interests to you. You can also learn new skills or have fun at the same time! At Edge Hill there are a wide range of societies from sports teams to the Dr Who Society to the Poetry Society. Sign up for something that interests you in Freshers week and you’re sure to meet some great people!
Take part in Freshers Week: It can be tempting to hide away in your room when in a new place with strange people but resist the urge! Go out to the social events on campus and most of all make sure to attend the activities your course holds in the first week. This gives you the chance to meet people who could be on your degree for the next three years, so make sure you go along. Everyone will be just as scared as you the first few days, so it’s an easy time to make friends!
Join Accommodation Facebook Groups: If you’re living on campus then you will get assigned your accommodation shortly after Results Day. Edge Hill is awesome because they create facebook groups for students living in the same flats and buildings. Make sure to join yours when you receive the email. That means you can get to know your future flatmates before you leave home, which will ease your mind when you move.
Smile: Smiles really are infectious so put on your biggest smile and don’t be afraid to strike up conversation.
My number one tip is just be yourself! After that everything will be fantastic.
Quote for the day: “Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” The Four Loves – C.S. Lewis.
Have another great week! Until next time 🙂