The transition between sixth form/college and university can seem daunting...
Instead of being thrown into the deep end once you arrive, here's a heads up on some differences between college and university life:
- Everyone will be feeling anxious
Leaving mum and dad and heading into the adult world is nervewracking, but beat the nerves and enjoy every opportunity the latest chapter of your life will provide. Once you settle in you'll be proud of how far you've come!
- You'll become independent
Moving to uni means becoming independent and no longer relying on your family to cook food for you and wash your clothes. It might seem tricky at first, but your flatmates are in the same position so it's a good idea to support each other and have fun at the same time.
- Motivation is key
Being independent also means having to motivate yourself; no one is going to do it for you! There will be moments where you struggle to get out of bed or finish off your essay due next week, but you'll soon power through it and be proud of what you have achieved.
- Your workload increases
You might be used to a steady workload at college, but uni work can sometimes seem intense and tough to manage. It's natural to feel overwhelmed, but it's important that you can get all of your work done to the best of your ability. If things get too much, ask for support from your friends, lecturers and university support services.
- Research is important
You're probably used to being taught everything for your exams, but at uni you will be expected to do a lot of your own learning. Yes, that involves taking advantage of the library to find all the information for your latest essay. If you ever struggle, ask your course mates for help, or even your lecturers: they were a student once too!
- Sleep is your best friend
Your busy schedule of socialising, studying and working will burn your energy reserves very quickly. If you start falling asleep in your lecture, it's probably best if you remember to get some shut-eye as soon as you get in. Naps seriously become part of your life at university.
- Tomorrow is a new day
Unlike college, each day at uni is unpredictable, so it's important to make the most of every opportunity and smile. It might seem tough at first, but the first few weeks at uni give you a chance to try something new and explore what your course (and uni) has to offer, plus you'll make some new friends along the way.