Embarking on a new life at University

It’s an exciting time, a wonderful opportunity to spread your wings, make new friends, become independent, but at the same time it can be daunting.  You may be asking yourself so many questions:

  • Will I fit in?
  • Will I make friends?
  • Will I be homesick?
  • Can I cope with the work load?

Whatever your fears are, there are many ways you can turn that feeling of fear/anxiety into one of excitement, after all that feeling in the pit of your stomach we sometime describe as fear can feel very similar to that of excitement.  It’s really more about the stories we tell ourselves.  Of course, being prepared, knowing all the facts can alleviate the anxiety too.  So what can you do to ease the way into a new and exciting life at university?

Speak to people who have already had that experience, their knowledge can be invaluable. It is always useful to listen to advice from people who have already done what you are planning to do.

Recognise that it’s natural to feel nervous or overwhelmed during the first few weeks, others around you will be feeling the same way.  So make an effort to speak to people, smile and start a conversation, you might be surprised and just how welcome your effort is to someone who is feeling equally nervous.   Why not ask your housemates or course mates if they’d like to explore the campus or local town/city with you and even if they’ve already done so, you can ask them to give you a tour.

Leave your door open in halls when you are unpacking, hang a welcome sign on the door!

Join different societies, clubs, groups and you could meet lots of different kinds of people with similar interests to you. It’s worth trying out new things, because you don’t know what you might enjoy or who my might meet.

Exchange mobile phone numbers with people on your course and agree to go to lectures together – this sets you up for academic as well as social success.

For many people,  Freshers’ week is a fantastic experience – but don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out to be the best week of your life either, it’s only the first one at University and  It’s ok to feel whatever you feel about  it.

Remember you are in a supportive community where students and staff are working to make sure that things go smoothly.   There are lots of people who are there to support you, from the Students’ Union Welfare Officer and Student Advice Services, to fellow students who can point you in the right direction.

It’s quite normal to feel homesick at first as it’s a huge change in your environment and lifestyle and can take some time to adjust too.  Just remember there are many ways to keep in touch with family and friends, face-time, skype, mobile phone calls.

Take care of yourself.  Try to get into a regular sleeping pattern, getting to bed and waking at approximately the same time ever day.  Eat as healthily as you can.  Get all the vitamins and nutrients you need so the food you eat sustains your energy through the day.

Exercise helps you sleep well, helps you feel energised, and boosts feelings of wellbeing. A brisk walk or jog to your campus or joining in with sports activities a few times a week will set you on track for greater feelings of wellbeing.

If you are still feeling anxious, why not come and talk to us at the Odyssey Partnership (Epsom Hypnotherapy)? We can assist you changing your thoughts and feeling to those of excitement so that you can grow in confidence and really enjoy what lies ahead.


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