I hope you are all well and have had an amazing summer holiday.
The clock is ticking and it is nearly time for the big move. This time of year can be filled with mixed emotions, trust me I felt them all when I moved in to my first year and I’m even experiencing them now going into my third!
One emotion you may feel is excitement. It’s a new start, the next step and the chance to meet some amazing people, making lots of new memories. You may be excited to see who you are living with or who will be on your course. You may be looking forward to start learning something new and gain the skills you will need in the future. Joining a society could have you jumping up and down with excitement as you get to do something you love, try something new and again meet some amazing people making tons of memories.
Another emotion you may feel is nerves. Moving away and doing something new can be very scary and I won’t lie to you, I did feel this more on moving day than I did beforehand. You are stepping into the unknown in some ways. Yes, you know what course you are doing and where you are living but you don’t know who with and, to some, that can be the biggest fear. Being away from home and having to do things such as cook, clean and wash can be a nerve-racking thing also. But it’s okay, you don’t need to worry too much as everyone is all so lovely, especially during the first few weeks of uni and someone will always be on hand to help out. Family and friends from home will always be a phone call away so it’s not like you will never be able to speak to them again. Try not to think too much about the ‘what ifs’ in a negative way. Think of them as a positive, you never know what could happen.
Sadness may be another emotion on this big day as you say goodbye to family and friends as you start your new adventure. I remember one of the hardest things was leaving my sister as she and I are very close and sadly she couldn’t fit in the car to take me there. But after a few tears, we arrived at the student accommodation and the tears turned into excited butterflies. Similar to the nerves, you have to try and forget about them and focus on the exciting things you are going to do and experience over the next three years.
For me, I did go through all of these emotions but, honestly, the one I felt most was excitement. I couldn’t wait to see who I would meet, what I would learn, start cheerleading and take the next step in my life – learning how to cook, clean and wash clothes. Try not to focus on the negative things on this special day and look at the positives. Keep an open mind and you never know what could happen!
Good Luck everyone and enjoy moving day.