Tips For Freshers

Somehow we’ve made it to that point in the year again where freshers week is just around the corner…how that came round I don’t know. But seeing as I moved out and embarked on my first fresehrs experience last year, I think it’s safe to say I learnt a thing or two throughout my first year; so here are a few tips if you’re counting down the days to fly the nest and begin your new chapter…

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Pack Sentimental Items – I’m 19 and I still have the same stuffed rabbit that I have had since I was born, no shame in saying that of course came with me to uni, along with plenty of photos of my favourite memories (and doggo, ofc). For me I moved very far away from home, so packing sentimental things really helped me to settle in and remind me of home.

Be Friendly to Everyone – and I mean everyone. Of course you’re never going to get along with everyone in life, but pretty much everyone is all in the same boat. Moving out for the first time, not knowing people, its all-very daunting. Speak to as many people as you can, and make as many new pals as you can. When I first moved into my flat, one of the first things I did was go and introduce myself to the other flats on my floor, turned out we all got along fairly well and went on many nights out together. So don’t be afraid to go and knock on the other flats and meet your neighbors!

Never Have I Ever…It’s a deadly game, but a great way to break the ice before a night out – it’s one of the best ways to get to know your new friends, a great laugh (this game had me in fits of laughter multiple times) and is definitely an ice breaker, I now have plenty of people walking round Leicester that know far too much about me!

Make The Most of Your Freedom – Make the most of freshers week, it’s the 2 weeks of the year you wont have the looming prospect of deadlines, early lectures and the worry of an emotional breakdown through stress. Alongside this, just make the most of everyday at university, my first year went by so quickly and I wish I had made more of the experience.

Explore the City – (Or town) – Chances are, if you’re reading this your moving away to a new place for the first time, when you get the chance in freshers week go and explore it! Within the first week of me being in Leicester I has sought out the best hot chocolate place and also the best place for porn star martinis…I think that more or less sums me up!

My first year was absolute shambles – break downs, break-ups, tears, self doubt, dropping out, the whole lot, I’ll probably do a post all about my experience at some point. But the most important thing is to just make the most of it because I will put money on you regretting it if you don’t!

All my love,

Han xx

 

Surviving My First Term at Uni

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Yes, I’m still alive, I have to apologize for my lack of posts since October, life and university just got in the way and I just seemed to have no time, but I’m back finally, and desperately trying to get back into some sort of blogging routine, so bare with me!

But, I did it! I’ve successfully completed my first term at university, with only 1 hangover, impressive, I know. Admittedly there have been a few bumps along the way, but all in all I’ve had the best 3 months of my life. At the start of the year university seemed to be something far in the future, but September rolled around quicker than I could’ve imagined and now I’m sat here saying I’ve completed my first term, if time could just slow down, that would be great. My first 3 months at university have taught me that time goes ridiculously quickly, another reason to make the most of my experience here.

I’ve managed to survive freshers, overcome freshers flu, cook for myself and only nearly set fire to the kitchen twice, hand in 2 projects and receive a high 2:1 for my first submission, something that I am immensely proud of, despite wanting a 1st, I’m sure this will come in time. Learning how to manage my new workload was a challenge and a half, but once I got into the swing of things I soon learnt the best way to do so. Admittedly I still struggle to balance my social life, with work, training, and clearly, blogging, but I’m getting there…she says.

In terms of work, being on an Art and Design course, I’ve literally not stopped working for 3 months. I’ve completed 2 projects, and learnt a lot about myself while doing so. Incase you didn’t know, I’m studying Textile Design at University, so I arrived with it set in my mind that I would be a printer, as this is what I had specialized in at college. But my second project introduced me to weave and also knit, which I’ve fallen in love with, so who knows, maybe I’ll be converted and choose to specialize in knit, my Nan will be happy about this!

University has introduced me to so many new opportunities and I have made some of the best friends along the way. From the girls on my course to those in my accommodation, they are all the most fabulous people I’ve ever come across. I’ve also been lucky to live with flat mates that aren’t too messy, although I have had to leave multiple passive aggressive notes around so they don’t eat my food, but lets not talk about that.

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Mental health wise university has done me the world of good. I honestly think I needed to get out of my little hometown for my mental health to improve. I don’t know what has done it, but since moving to Leicester and starting my new life my mental health has improved massively as has my confidence (I’m literally a different person) and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that, considering just a few months ago I thought I wouldn’t ever get over it. I’m no longer the shy, and easily intimidated, and overly anxious girl I was a not that long ago, if anything you’re lucky if I ever shut up now. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my bad days, but I’m just better at dealing with them now and I’ve learnt that it’s okay to have bad days, something that took me far too long to learn.

Overall I’ve had the time of my life, what started off as a not so good year for me, has ended up finishing as a pretty good one. I’m so excited to see what the rest of my time at university has to hold for me, the people I’ll meet along the way and opportunities I’ll be offered.

Han xx