If you are one of the many young people across the world who are about to take your first steps toward independence at university, then first of all, congratulations! Second of all, calm down! The prospect of moving away to university is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying, and the trick to making it a success is in knowing just what to expect and being able to ride the crazy wave and come out on the other side with your nerves still in tact! This next stage in your life should be one of the best, and it will be if you know how to handle it. Here is how to prepare yourself for university!
1. Learn to Cook
One of the best skills that you can have to start winning at university life is the ability to cook yourself a good, healthy meal. If you start relying too much on junk food, both your physical and mental health will start to suffer, so brush up on the basics of cooking before you move out of home and you will prove yourself to be popular and accomplished with your new dorm mates!
2. Go to Orientation
All universities put on days and events before classes begin that help you to get to know the campus and give you opportunities to meet fellow students. You should make the effort to go to as many of these events as you can. Anything to make university not feel like such a foreign place is productive.
3. Set a Budget
The last thing you want to be worrying about in your early stages of uni life is money, so it can really help to set yourself a budget from the get go. Give yourself some leeway in terms of fresher’s events and social gatherings, but when it comes to food and other expenses, be strict with yourself and you won’t have any financial burdens to worry about.
4. Do Your Reading
You have an entire summer before you actually start university, and one of the best things you can to do make your transition easier is get as much of your class reading done before you begin as possible. There is no such thing as being over prepared when it comes to university. The more reading you already have under your belt, the more free time you will have between classes.
5. Pack Early
You don’t want to experience three crazy days of packing before you have to move in to your dorm, because that is the exact kind of atmosphere that will lead to losing and forgetting things. Plan your packing and spread it out across the whole summer if you want to, doing a few things at a time and being methodical and thorough about it. Some of you will be travelling to study across the country, so it won’t be as easy to pop home to grab something that you have left behind!