If I told my 18 year old self about what was going to happen in the next year, I probably wouldn’t believe myself.
The last year has been an amazing, unforgettable year with a couple bumps along the way. So in this blog I hope to give you 3 helpful little tips that I would have appreciated to know when I started uni.
Stay chilled | As an overly anxious person I certainly could have benefitted from taking this advice. One major worry of mine was centred around people; will I get on with my flatmates? Will I make good friends? Will people like me? No matter what you’re worrying about I would just like to say, give it time and space. It’s hard not to worry and I’m not saying that you shouldn’t either because sometimes it can be a good thing, but just make sure it doesn’t take over your life. Ask for help and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable because we’re all human beings and we have each other to help us out.
Have an open mind | Before coming to uni, I distinctly remember being told the same things over and over again, “these are going to be the best three years of your life! The friends you make will be your lifelong friends etc.” Because of this, I went into uni with so much expectation of what uni life would be like but in reality it turned out to be quite different. Therefore, my advice is to go in with no expectation. Don’t take what people say beforehand to heart but allow the experience to define itself.
Enjoy the ride | Uni life is such a unique experience that lasts only for 3 years. Before you know it, the 3 years will pass by in a blink of an eye so make sure that you grab the adventure with both hands and allow your uni experience to be the best it could ever be! I would say, get involved. Get involved in everything and anything that interests you. There’s no harm in joining a bunch of societies at the beginning to see what interests you and then picking the ones that you really like. For me, I got stuck into a whole bunch of things at church, and it has been amazing! I’ve found my friends and support group here and have been able to do things that I would never have expected. Importantly, although it’s good to go out of your comfort zone, make sure you don’t do things that you don’t want to do. Enjoy your own experience for yourself and not for anyone else.
Lastly, remember God has you, and you can trust in Him.
So, congratulations! You’ve made it into university, welcome to the gang of students fumbling into adulthood. This is the start of an adventure and a ride that you’ll never forget.
Ashleigh Choi is about to start her second year of Primary Education at York St John.