Nervous about starting uni? Tips on taking it easy

Natalia Wilkowskaon 13 September 2022
Person nervous about starting uni

Starting uni doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here are some tips for easing the anxiety that comes with taking this step.

Don't stress over things beyond your control 

Everyone knows starting uni is stressful. Don't add to that by worrying about things that are out of your control. Focus on yourself and your needs. Caring about the well-being of others is important, but putting yourself first is even more so. When something happens, or you have the impression that the whole world has turned against you, ask yourself: is it worth worrying about? Can I change things? Was it out of my control? Don't waste your precious time worrying about something you couldn't predict. Life is full of surprises. You just need to be able to use them to your advantage. 

Don't worry about assignments

Assignments and exams will be how your uni tests your knowledge. However, even if you study diligently, it can still be a stressful experience. You’ll probably wonder if you did enough to get your desired grade. There is nothing more toxic than doubting yourself. You’re a fresher, and this is the best time to build your confidence! 

Everyone in your university wants you to be successful. So if you ever worry about an upcoming deadline, write to your lecturer about what you’re struggling with; they’re also human, will understand, and should provide adequate support. They’ll be happy to have a conversation, a tutorial, or give you extra days to finish your work. 

Take time to relax 

Taking enough time to relax is just as crucial as studying or doing homework. It’s important to have regular breaks between learning. This allows you to regenerate your mind and refresh your thinking. You never know, the chance for a great new idea or perspective might come along! As a fresher, it's vital that you get into good habits. This will be useful in later years of study. You can try what works best for you - a walk, an episode of your favourite Netflix series, a quick session at the gym, or maybe just a snack and a nap. 

Remember that your brain will not be as effective as it should be when tired. If you have a few hard study days ahead of you, don't be afraid to take the whole day off. Spend it on things you love to do, a home spa, going out with friends, or whatever you want. Recharge your batteries.

Make the most of your time 

If you're stressed out in your first year, think of everything you’ve achieved so far. Going to university isn’t just about getting a diploma and studying forever. This is the time when many of you move away from your parents, meet new people, and see new cities and even countries. A time for partying (responsibly), trips and holidays with friends, and maybe even finding love. This is going to be a really great chapter in your life. Please don't waste it worrying and stressing out. Focus on the positives. 

Freshers Week 

Everyone’s heard about it, but not everyone has experienced it yet. This year you will be the star of Freshers Week. You’ll be a fresher yourself. It's an exciting week full of parties, societies, meetings, fairs, and other on-campus events. There’ll be plenty of time to tour the campus. You will have time to meet your lecturers and classmates. You will learn about the most important places on campus and all the basics that will allow you to survive your first year. There is often an opportunity to talk to 2nd and 3rd-year students. Maybe they have some tips for you? Go and explore!

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Natalia Wilkowskaon 13 September 2022