We can all agree that mistakes are inevitable. As you transition from the comforts of living at home to sharing a room with 2 or more people as the case may be. While making mistakes and – hopefully – learning from them is all part of the freshers’ experience, your life will be a whole lot easier if you know the pitfalls lying ahead.
1. Attending every single freshers’ event – No don’t get this wrong, Freshers’ week is billed as one of the most exciting, memorable weeks of your life, so it’s understandable to feel the pressure to go to lots of events to feel you’re getting the most out of it. It will just end up leaving you cashless for the rest of the semester.
2. Thinking you have to hang out with the first person you meet, forever – You’ve probably had people tell you that you’ll meet your friends for life at the university. As a result of this, many freshers find themselves in a wild panic when they don’t discover these “people” in the first few days. First of all, calm down! Secondly though a lot of great friendships are made in the first few weeks, many more are made throughout the year (and the years to come), and there will be plenty of opportunities to meet your future soulmates too.
3. Never ringing home – You’ve started your new exciting life at university now, but that doesn’t mean you should forget the people who are important to you back home. Parents are often a crucial source of funding at university and you might find yourself having to ask your parents for some money when times get tough – so stay in their good books!
4. Leaving everything until the night before – Contrary to popular belief, the best time to finish essays is not 4am the morning they’re due. A little planning can help boost your grades.
5. Not budgeting – whatever money you have, remember it’s expected to last for a specific period of time. Failing to make it last is one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a fresher.
Well I hope this list will help you avoid making basic mistakes as a fresher… Goodluck!