Over the past week seeing the new freshers moving into student accommodation and settling in, it made me nostalgic about my first year and when I was in their shoes. My first year at university is where some of my best memories lie, and out of my three years in Dundee first year was my favourite. Which is why I think it is so important to make the most of your first year at university! So here are some ways you can ensure to live your first year to the fullest:
- Be yourself!
Often when coming to university, we have an immediate urge to fit in and for everyone to like us, which sometimes causes us to change the way we act, appear and behave. But I am telling you that the quickest way to settle down is to just be genuine and you will surely attract people who are like-minded. So do the things that you want to do and be accepted for. You don’t need to pretend to like things you actually don’t.
- Try new things!
University is the time in your lives where you have the opportunity to discover new interests. And our university is great that way as there are almost 140 societies to choose from. It is important to do something out of your comfort zone once in a while and the best way is to do this by joining different societies. It is also the best way to make friends and meet people who study different courses- this way you will feel more connected to the greater university community and will have sense of belonging.
- Be spontaneous!
First year is the going to be the least stressful time of your university years, which means you will have quite a bit of free time. So take advantage of that, and do all the crazy things you have been thinking of doing (okay nothing too absurd either). May it be climbing the Law to see the sunrise/sunset, taking a spontaneous trip, walking by the Tay at four in the morning or even going at midnight to get a milkshake from Clarks when it is two degrees outside. My best memories from first year were because of the random spontaneous things my friends and I did.
As I mentioned earlier, because you will have more time on your plate in first year, one of the best ways to make use of that is by travelling and discovering Scotland and even the whole of the UK. I remember my first month into university my flat mates along with the people in the flat below us decided to go on a day trip to St.Andrews. Plus, Scotland is such a scenic place and there is so much to see, and it’s a good excuse to get away from Dundee for a little bit too.
- Be Open-Minded
Lastly, when you come to university, you are going to notice that there are people from all races, religions, nationalities and perspectives. University is the best place to learn about different cultures, as there are people from so many different backgrounds and the only way you can do this is by having an open mind and embracing the diversity. This will also help you make great friends.