University Freshers Guide — 30 Things You Should Know

Hi Freshers. Congrats on starting a new chapter of your life. I know you're probably really nervous and a little scared but don't worry, university doesn't have to be scary. Let teenAGE Observer help you navigate your first year.

Schedule

  • Set your timetable early. This will ensure you get more favourable class time and therefore a more convenient timetable.
  • If you are a commuter, especially one who takes public transportation, maybe it's a good idea to leave the 8:00am classes alone, if you can. You can definitely make it there but it's more hectic.
  • If you can get a free day i.e a day with no class, take it. It will come in handy later in the semester when you have assignments due and tests to study for.
  • Please go to class. Remember there are no school bells you need to keep an eye on the time.
  • You might end up with clashes, it's not the end of the world. Talk to your lecturer.


Studying

  • Start studying early, especially if you are doing content heavy courses. Start with a little at a time.
  • Form study groups with serious people and don't be afraid to find a new group if the one you're in isn't beneficial to you.
  • Know where you study best, whether it be the library or at home, just make sure you know.
  • Be aware of which time of day is best for you to study. Just because your friends study early in the morning doesn't mean that's the right time for you.
  • Cut distractions when you're studying. You can download apps that block websites and they also time your study sessions and tell you how much you did for the day.



Assignments/Coursework

  • Be sure you are clear on what you need to do. Best person to ask is the lecturer.
  • Write down all your deadlines somewhere where you'll see them often. Remember that the deadline is closer than you think.
  • Start early. Sometimes something that looks easy takes way more time than you'd imagine.
  • Do your work in sections. It's less overwhelming, trust me.
  • Put effort into it, the grade you get on these can make the difference between a pass and a fail.



Clothes

  • Don't worry, a t shirt or a camisole with jeans will suffice.
  • You'll need a sweater or cardigan. Lecture theaters can get pretty chilly.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, you'll be surprised how much walking you'll have to do.
  • Become BFFs with a cap and sunscreen.
  • Don't be afraid to repeat clothes. Ah your clothes.


Food

  • Don't be afraid to carry lunch.
  • Just because your friends are buying junk food everyday doesn't mean you have to.
  • Carry your own water, save a little money.
  • Don't make a habit out of skipping meals. It's not good for you.
  • Campuses have a ton of food places, take time finding one you really like.


Campus Life

  • Join a club or a committee.
  • Don't be afraid to make new friends even if all your high school friends are there with you.
  • Network, network, network.
  • Be careful on campus, protect yourself and your stuff.
  • HAVE FUN, you don't have to be studying all the time. Go to a party or two. Make 'time management' your middle name.



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