Let's Get Personal: University Series



Yep it's happening, I've decided to give this blogging malarkey a proper go and therefore I have to get a bit more personal on here. 


So hi there, I'm Emilija (pronounced like Amelia), currently a 19-year-old student in Hertfordshire studying Film and TV Production. I like watching videos on Youtube about beauty and fashion, listening to music, going on night's out, shopping (even though my bank balance doesn't allow me to), taking pictures and creating short films. I'm stubborn but also a pushover, I'm chill but also get annoyed and stressed easily, I'm nervous and shy but once I get comfortable with you I'm the loudest bitch around.

There we go, now that's out the way, let's get to the point of this post: I'm going to start doing a series discussing different aspects of going to University as I am a  second-year student myself, and I want to take you on this journey with me. The topic of today's post is:

FRESHERS

DUN DUN DUN. So you've arrived at your new University, your new home for the next 3(ish) years. You're a mess of emotion; nervous, excited, sad about leaving your family, and a bunch of other things. You're about to embark on the most chaotic week of your life: Fresher's Week.

FLATMATES
 First things first; you have to meet your flatmates, the people you have to live with for the next 9 months of the year, and honestly it can be really nerve-racking. I know when my parents finally left I had a daunting moment where I realised I had to go introduce myself to 11 other people.

Something that I found helpful was to break the ice with food, specifically a tray of donuts from ASDA that I got for £2. While no one was around I left it in the shared kitchen with a note saying who I was. YES, mega dweeb-y of me but it worked, okay? When I walked into the kitchen later there were a few people and it sparked a conversation, saving the typical awkwardness of introductions.

I was so so nervous to introduce myself but my parents gave me some very valuable advice that helped me gain confidence: everyone will be feeling the same as you, everyone is in the same boat. Everyone will be feeling nervous and will be desperate to make friends so they won't look down on you or judge you for saying hello.

Another tip to bear in mind; fresher's week is centred around going out and drinking. It's also the best opportunity to bond with flatmates and people from your course. Not only will you be cutting loose from nerves with a bit of liquid confidence, you'll be creating your first joint memories with them which will give you more things in common. This way, even if clubbing or drinking isn't your scene, you'll have something to talk about when you're all collectively hungover the next morning in the kitchen.

HANGOVERS

The morning after the night before; you got really hammered with your new mates and now you feel like death. Even if you're still a young 'un who doesn't get hangovers, here are some tips to make the next morning more bearable:

  1. Have a glass of water by the bed before you go out and some paracetamol - nip that headache and dehydration in the bud to end your suffering as soon as possible
  2. Pick out clothes for the next morning, if you have lectures, before you go out - gives you precious extra minutes in bed and allows you to be more subtle about your current state when going to lectures
  3. Try to have some good food available for drunk-you and hungover-you - there's nothing worse than seeing your flatmates make food that you're craving while being turned off by everything you have in the fridge
  4. A quick 5-minute shower - might be the last thing you want to do because it means leaving your bed, but a quick shower will wash off the sweat and booze smell and that grimy feeling of a night out, a bit like a reset button for you life

EXPLORING

Now that you've bonded with your flatmates and you've tackled your hangover; go explore the city. Grab a couple of people if you don't fancy going alone, or fear getting lost. Charge your phone for the sake of music and in case of emergencies/for Google Maps. This is essential to make sure you know where the nearest/best supermarkets are, where the nearest post office is, what the high street is like. It's all a part of settling into living in this new strange city (if you moved far away from home that is). Plus, it will also come in handy if someone else you know gets lost and calls you for help, or asks you for directions.

SETTLING IN

Now we all know that accommodation/halls at most unis look a hair's breadth away from a prison cell which can be really uncomfortable/off-putting from settling in - especially so far from the comforts of home. So here are my tips for making halls look and feel more homely:


  • Buy a few posters to brighten up a drab room
  • Some fairy lights can add a cute and cosy touch for the evenings (even if most halls don't allow them #yolo)
  • Pictures of family and friends to either blu-tac to walls or in frames
  • Some fake flowers, because who can afford to buy real flowers?
  • Maybe a cactus if you want some greenery but can't be arsed to water a plant every day?

COURSEMATES

And finally, you're off to your first week of lectures amongst the cruisin' and boozin'. You walk into a room of hundreds (potentially) of unfamiliar people, it's terrifying, you feel like you're being stared at, you're doubting your outift choice, you don't know where to sit, it's an overall unpleasant experience. Once again my best advice is to remember that everyone feels the same way, so get the guts to sit next to anyone and just say hello - they'll probably feel relieved that someone wants to talk to them!

I hope you found this useful or insightful into my experiences and advice. Although, your experience might be totally different. Let me know in the comments below how your freshers went!

Until next time,








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