How to Make the Most of your 1st Year at University

What does University mean to you?

Is it freedom because you finally got away from home and can actually decide what to buy from where and even when to go to bed? Or is it scary because of the uncertainty of the new environment? Regardless of the wide varieties of interpretations, you’re finally here – this long-awaited first year at uni!

Here are 4 “musts” to make the most of your freshman year:

1.   Be organized!

Do not feel like you are snowed under work when you have to read 100 pages per week. Be organized, build your habits quickly and structure your personal timetable. First year is the right time to get involved with different societies, which are not only extremely important for your CV, but are also quite amusing!

2.   Be involved!

Sign up for workshops – from how to write motivation letters and CVs, to assessment practices and visitor guest lecturers. As boring as they may sound – they will be useful. You will start to gain information and meet different people – a lesson itself not to be missed.

3.   Be competitive!

Go for any competition, no matter how good or bad you are, just jump! There will always be somebody better than you and there is always an excuse not to dive in the unknown waters. Find the inner strength to experiment!

4.   Be active!

Make the effort to do some sports! If not joining clubs, at least going occasionally to the swimming pool would do! The best kind of rest is the active, beneficial-to-your-health rest. Mens sana in corpore sano!

First year at university is a new beginning. Make the most of it!

And remember: “The end depends upon the beginning”

Blog by Angelina Buchvarova, Campus Ambassador at the University of Warwick.

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