You’re likely excited and nervous if you’re about to start University. However, don’t be anxious! For many, the university experience is among the best memories of their lives. It can be more stressful if you’re planning to study abroad in a foreign country.
However, it could make the experience more transformative. Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for your new experience in starting University.
Learn to cook If you don’t already!
A lot of takeaway meals could be better for your health and your students’ budget. You’ll likely miss the meals you’re used to at home. Therefore, ask someone to teach you how to cook your most loved recipes. Most likely, it’s simpler than you thought! Stay calm if you’re an experienced cook. As in many other things, repetition is the key to perfection.
If you’re an international student, enroll in an orientation program.
The orientation programs help you settle in the first few weeks of starting the university in a different country. However, if you’re in your home country, be prepared for a time filled with (cheerful) chaos during Freshers’ Week! Be sure to be involved whenever you can; it’s often the time that students form friendships that last a lifetime. Remember to keep in mind the budget for your student, which leads our attention to the following part…
Think about setting up a budget for students.
Do your best to adhere to the plan! It’s important not to stress over finances too much as you don’t want it to hinder your education or your pleasure, but it’s an excellent idea to figure out how much you’ll have to pay for rent and food, and also how much you have left to spend on your leisure. Be cautious to refrain from overindulging in socializing during your initial week or two. Remember, there are many ways to enjoy yourself without costing you a lot. Here are five strategies to make the most of your budget for college.
Ensure that all your accommodations are in order and finances, visas (if you are studying in a foreign country), and other things. It’s difficult to sort these issues out, but it’ll be worth it once you’re settled! Remember to bring the essential equipment to study – notebooks, laptops, pens, etc. Based on the type of accommodation you’re in, self-catered or catered accommodation, you may require things for your kitchen, such as crockery and pans.
Be ahead of the curve with your reading.
You’ll need to read during your course (especially when it’s an area that relies on text, such as English or even law). If your institution has already sent you a list with the text to read at the beginning semester, it could be beneficial to start ahead, especially since it will allow you to control your workload.
Make use of social media to start engaging with your new classmates.
There’s a chance to stumble across a Facebook group of students on the same path as you. Or, you can look up the search function on websites such as Twitter to find out whether anyone else shares their excitement at starting at the same university as you. Also, look for the social media platforms for the student groups you’re interested in and join the discussion.
That’s when it becomes exciting. To ensure you include everything, check out our blog post on what to Take to University.
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