Faculty: Business and Law
10 October 2017
At one point in my life I had the opportunity to be a fresher myself. This are some of the tips I learned that are sure to help you have an enjoyable first year as well.
- Feeding yourself is expensive. Try planning out a rough budget of what you expect to consume each month and how much it might cost. Don’t run out of money halfway through the month because that would be quite unfortunate. This will also help you keep track of what you’re eating so as to make sure you are eating healthy. I know way too many freshers who always feel sick and tired all the time just because they have been eating ramen noodles everyday for the past term!
- Call your parents once in a while! Just to let them know how you’re doing, they're eager to know how you are getting on at university. Drop a text every few days just to let them know you’re alive and well.
- Don't fall behind in your studies. If you need help ask for it from your tutor or fellow students. Try to balance your study time and your self enjoyment time (more on that later!). Don't be the kid that easily fails just because they didn't put any effort into their first year because they were out partying all night. Stay on top of your work by planning out your time to accommodate your study alongside your fun activities.
- Try new things when you can. For someone as introverted as me taking big risks sounded like the scariest thing in the world but the rewards of trying something out of your comfort zone can be immensely fruitful.
- Always be yourself. Don’t let other people peer pressure you into doing things you don’t want to. Be patient and know that you are wonderful the way you are.
What to do in your spare time
Picking up a hobby is a great way to keep yourself entertained during your free time when you are not having classes. A classic hobby is one such as reading books. There is a vast pool of knowledge to be found in every book you read. It is also a great way to improve your grammar if English is not your first language.
Some of you might like to be a little more active in your free time. I would suggest joining a gym or participating in the University sports teams. There's a range of sports and fitness activities that are sure to occupy your mind and body.
Why not try meditation? This gives you space to unwind and reflect on your life. Meditation is said to help one focus, which is an important skill that many successful people possess. Meditation gives you clarity on your thoughts and helps you increase self-awareness.
If none of these tickle your fancy, why not try learning a musical instrument? Playing an instrument is known to be a great stress reliever that's fun and enjoyable. It teaches patience and fosters creativity. You could also listen to music in your free time as there is a broad list of music genres that are sure to accommodate your taste. Try tuning into a Spotify or Apple music playlist; they constantly update with new music.
Also, don't forget to get friendly! Take the opportunity to socialise with various people on campus – Welcome Week is a good place to start.