New city, new people everywhere, no idea what's going on...
It's okay to admit that moving away to uni is a big deal, whether it's close to where you're from or a million miles away, it's going to feel a bit weird. So, settling in ASAP is a must. Here are some top tips to get you onto path of settling success.
Talk to people
Talk to anyone, talk to everyone. If everyone is new, then anyone can be your friend. Everyone is in the same boat, whether they act like it or not. It's the first and the easiest of steps towards loving your neighbour. All you need to start with is a 'hello'
You'll have more free time now, at the beginning, then you ever will. So go out and explore, get know the city you're in! Uni is the main reason you are in which ever place you are, but it's not the whole deal and you're far more likely to feel at home if you actually know the place where you are. And it'll be a talking point, (Linking points together...!) so take people with you!
Fill your days. Before the routine of (potentially endless) work kicks in get out and do stuff. You will inevitably be inundated with info from every single society there is and though you won't have time to do it all, not that you'd even want to, it's good to try stuff out. Try some new and random things, just for the sake of it. It's a great way of meeting people who are outside of your course or your flat. If you don't like it, you never have to go back again. So, what's to lose?
Look up the local churches
There are loads! Find out where they are and look up the routes. Find out what time they meet and put it in your diary - make actual plans. You're far more likely to actually go that way. Look up church websites and let them know you're interested in coming!
Be new and be bold
Don't be afraid to go it alone! Someone will be there to say hello and welcome you. Especially if you've come alone and have that kind of deer-in-the-headlights look. We all know what it feels like to be the new person and churches are like families, most of us have weird relatives we've never met, but we're all in this together under our father in heaven and it won't be long until those faces become familiar (or... Family-er)
Spend time with Jesus
When you're not spending loads of fun time with your new found friends, spend some time with Jesus. He's the best friend you'll ever have. Talk to Him. Praise Him for the good times and be honest with Him about the things that are less great. Dig out your bible, put it somewhere within easy reach and open it! Knowing how much He is with you will make you feel much more anchored. And what do anchors do? Settle the boat.
In the midst of the whirlwind of new stuff, keep in touch with your old friends and family. Tell the people you love how're you doing. If you're having a hard time, just tell them. Don't worry about making them worry - They want the best for you and can best support you when they know what you really need.
Being a student is GREAT. Embrace it for all that it is! Learn stuff, do stuff, make memories. You'll look back in 3 years and wonder what you ever worried about.
Blog post by Emily Merrett.