Coming to university for the first time might be a daunting experience for any new student. I know that because three years ago I was in that same position: the nervousness and lack of sleep due to the uncertainty of the upcoming future, not knowing whether I was going to like my degree, if I was going to make friends I had things in common with, and most importantly if I was going to enjoy the experience overall. Looking back these were just silly thoughts I had in my head, since I can definitely tell you that these have been the craziest years of my entire life.
Needless to say, I think if you ask any student at uni, they will tell you that your first year is probably the best year you’ll have! Therefore I am writing this post to help any prospective student that is currently in the same position I was three years ago, and hopefully guide you into a positive experience so you can get the best out of our lovely university and city.
One of the main things I have learned is that you have got to put yourself out there to make new friends, I know this might sound hard for some people but if there is any activity you like to do back home, I am sure you’ll be able to do it here at University College Birmingham. I have always had an interest in pole fitness so I decided to join the pole fitness society and it was one of the best experiences I have had. I made new friends, got to learn some tricks on the pole, and we went out every Wednesday for society night, which is something I instantly liked since I knew I’d be able to meet new people! Therefore step out of your comfort zone it might surprise you.
One other very important thing I have learned – and I know this might sound hard for some students since most of us will be short on money – is to not work a lot during your term time and try to find a balance with your social life, work, and uni. During my first year, I worked a lot and ended up missing out on some of the things this country has the offer.
We are living in Birmingham, such a multicultural and vibrant city with transport links to almost everywhere in the country at excellent prices. Try to explore nearby cities and experience the culture. For example, London is less than an hour-and-a-half away by train, and you can spend a great day there on a budget. So enjoy the city, enjoy the country and try to make the best out of these years because I promise time goes by really fast.
Can’t wait to come back again with a new post!