Hi! I’m Rosie and I’m graduating this summer after a whirlwind four years of university at Bath. University life has had its highs and lows, and despite it being an incredible experience, it’s not been without its challenges.
Even now, four years later, I can still remember the start of university like it was only yesterday. Here’s five things I would tell my younger self…
1. Don’t try to know everything.
You don’t have to turn up at university knowing everything. Your peers have probably studied different A-Levels or taken different exams to you and that’s okay. Everyone will be at a different stage when they get to uni. The whole purpose of university is to learn (and to make mistakes in the process). Your lecturers are there to help you out when you need it, so don’t panic before you get there.
2. Settling in can be tricky.
Feeling settled takes time, and that’s completely normal. You’re adjusting to a new university and a new place. It’s okay to feel homesick, or lonely sometimes, and believe me, more people feel this way that you might realise. Making your space feel homely can really help with feeling more comfortable - putting some pictures up, decorating your room, or even keeping some houseplants.
3. Resist comparing yourself.
Everyone’s experience of university life is different, and there’s no right or wrong way to feel. Comparing yourself to others can actually make you feel worse, and it’s important to remember that what you might be seeing on social media is only a fraction of someone’s ‘real’ university life (and it’s often just the good bits!).
4. Try new things.
Integrating yourself into a new university life can be daunting, but it’s also exciting too. Trying out new sports or societies can be a great way to be part of something new. Taster sessions are great ways to have a go at a new activity and see if it’s something that you enjoy. You’ll meet so many people and it’s a great way to experience a different side of university life.
5. Be patient with friendships.
The friends I have now I know be lifelong buddies, but it took me a little while to find them. Not everyone meets their BFF in the first week, and your best mates aren’t necessarily the people you live with. There are thousands of people at university, and your flat is only a tiny fraction of those people. You’ll find your crowd, it sometimes just takes time.