Friday, 11 September 2015

5 Tips for Surviving Your First Day at Uni

I started Uni a year ago, so the memories of how scary the first day can be are still fresh in my mind. However, once you get over that first hurdle it all gets a bit easier from then on in! So I thought I would share with you my tips for making your first day that little bit less stressful.

1. Know Where You're Going:

If you know me well then you'll know that I am absolutely horrendous with directions. Like seriously, horrendous is an understatement. So finding my way to a place I've never been before (and sometimes places I have been because I'm that bad it takes me a good ten times to commit it to memory) can really stress me out. So to remove at least one stress from starting Uni, as embarassing as it sounds, I went in to my Uni city beforehand and practiced walking to all the buildings I needed to find. On more than one occasion. However, as lame as I looked walking around Edinburgh with my Dad, Google Maps and a worried expression, when I went for my first day I was the one giving people directions (for the first and most likely last time)!!

2. Be Brave and Say Hi:

Most of the worry that comes with starting Uni comes from the thought of having to make new friends. When you think about it, if you are going to Uni straight from school, it's quite likely that you've not had practice at meeting loads of new people for the past six years! My biggest piece of advice would be to just put on a brave face and introduce yourself to the person you're sitting next to, 99% of the time they will be glad that you took the initiative to break the ice! I found that if you spoke to one person they would introduce you to another and then another and so on and so forth, meaning you at least got to know lots of people's names. And knowing someone's name leads to knowing where they're from, what their interests are, when they are free to meet up and…tadaaa, friendship!!

3. Take a Snack:

I learned this the hard way. Induction days can last a really long time and if you're like me you're bound to get hungry. The last thing you need is the person sitting next to you, that you just introduced yourself to, hearing your stomach growl like some sort of wild animal. It doesn't really scream "hi, I'm cool, be my friend".

4. Don't Panic About the Information You're Hearing:

In your first day at Uni, you're bound to get loads of information thrown at you and it can feel like a lot to take in. Make sure you have a notepad and pen to write down the things you think are really important. However, don't feel like you need to write down everything, the chances are you will stress out about not managing to write quickly enough and when you look back on your notes you'll find it harder to find the things that actually are important. Don't panic. Remember that if something's really important, lecturers are not going to just tell you it once (in fact you'll probably get sick of them going on about it) and plus, there's always lots of people you can ask for help about anything!

5. Remember, Everyone is in the Same Boat:

The good part about starting Uni is that you're not going through all of these changes by yourself, everyone around you is experiencing the same things (I'm still talking about Uni, not puberty, I promise). That means that everyone kind of looks out for each other and panics together! Everyone else is also scared of getting lost, making friends or their stomach rumbling.

Even though starting Uni can be scary and stressful it's actually really fun and most of all exciting! Each day you'll find yourself settle in more and more and after the first week I promise you'll feel like you've been there for ages. So have fun, meet loads of new people with similar interests and enjoy studying something you actually picked to learn about. Let me know if you have any more tips and if you're just starting Uni, let me know how you get on. Good luck to all the 2015/2016 Freshers, you'll have a ball!! Thanks for reading.


  1. I move to uni on Tuesday and am starting to get really rather nervous about it so thank you for these tips!!
    Megan x

    1. Aww best of luck Megan!! I'm sure you'll have a fab time xx

  2. My boyfriend moves to uni tomorrow and I am so happy for him. But I feel so selfish for worrying he might find someone miles better than me there. I want him to have an amazing time but I'm scared I will lose control of myself and keep bugging him while he is mixing with people. Do you have any advice for me to just chill and stop being so paranoid please? xx

    1. Aww my boyfriend goes to a different uni from me as well, it can be hard especially if he's moving away (mine still stays at home) but I guess if you let him know you're a bit worried then he'll be able to send you texts and stuff to reassure you!! Also, absense makes the heart grow fonder so chances are he'll be missing you loads he won't even look at another girl! And when you get to go see him you'll both appreciate that time so much. I would say that being open and honest about your feelings is so important and communication between you two about it will make you feel tonnes better. Don't worry about it lovely, you'll both be absolutely fine!! Xx

    2. Thank you so much! I just need the constant reassurance, he isn't even that far away it's just 40 minutes down the road which is better than being somewhere like Bradford I suppose, but I'm worried about my work getting in the way too. I'm just going to try and keep my cool. Thank you so much for the advice chick, keep up the good work on here! xx

  3. Great post! I loved your tips even though I'm not going to Uni at the moment. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this (and don't worry, I would probably walk around a new town I was moving to with my mum until I was familiar with it too). xx

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

    1. Aw thank you so much, we think we're adults until we need our parents to show us where to go or make adult phone calls on our behalf!! xx

  4. It's not for two more years until I start uni but I'm already getting seriously worried about it so posts like this give me a lot of comfort! X

  5. I'm going to go to uni this year so I'm so grateful for posts like this! A little bit nervous but very excited! X

    Sally ~ DiagonSally


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