Your first year at university can seem overwhelming at first, especially because it’s such a different learning environment to what you’re used to. Yet if you make the most of it, it can equip you with valuable skills and set you up for a successful journey as an undergraduate. Take a look at some of the things you can do to make the most of first year:
Find your balance
University is a juggling act of studying, part-time jobs, sports, volunteering, socialising, and a lot more responsibilities if you’re living away for the first time and have to navigate bills, grocery shopping and student accommodation. It’s therefore a good idea to try and find a healthy balance between all these commitments in first year, so that when second year comes around you are much more comfortable and don’t need to use up unnecessary energy working out how to live again. Find and perfect your routine. First year is all about navigating your new journey, and first year is the perfect time to build a solid foundation to grow from.
Find the best study spot for you
Working out early on where you can focus best will help you massively for the coming year. Finding a spot where you like to revise, and also understanding the times you work best and whether you are a morning or night person when it comes to revision will also help you significantly.
Commit to at least some of the things you sign up for
First year is a time when you will have the most time to try new things at university. Making the most of that opportunity is hugely advantageous, especially if later on at university you want to apply for a club or society leadership role or committee member position that could look impressive on your CV to future employers. If you signed up to a lot of things and suddenly feel very overwhelmed by all the reminder/follow-up emails you’re getting, try to prioritise and cut down all the different options you have to a few you think you’d really enjoy and go to them.
Don’t be afraid to navigate new friendship groups
It can be very tempting to just stick to friends you may already have at the same university, or think that the first people you meet must then end up being the friends you remain with throughout your entire university journey. However, joining new clubs and sports, and mixing with a diverse range of people is the best way to really get yourself out there at University and make the most of your time. While this doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with your current friends, getting out of your comfort zone every once in a while can be a really enjoyable new learning experience.