Campus life could be your best experience; here are some of things I recommend doing in your first weeks at university.
The whole university experience is so different for people as it depends on what they do, how they are (personality-wise) and how they adjust to a completely different and diverse environment. There are things that can be commonly experienced as well which make you fit right in, it could vary from the course you do or the societies you join.
Here are some of my favourite things to look out for on campus life.
Go to induction... make friends!
Make sure you attend your induction because the friends you make there will be your friends in need when it comes to anything course related.
It also feels comfortable knowing you’ve got friends with similar future interests, and it definitely make your classes together more interesting.
Freshers' week is not just about the parties. Make sure you try and attend as many events that your Students' Union holds for you as possible. You will get the whole experience of what uni is going to be like. Not only that but you could also meet tonnes of new people in the same boat as you and friendships bloom from there!
The freshers' fair is also a must, so that you know what societies you want to join. My main one was futsal and I’ve got a team that I absolutely love having a kick about with. Then there’s volleyball, which was my 'testing out new waters' scenario. I have had the greatest time in both.
Make your room your own
Staying on campus gives you such an advantage for going to classes because you can just roll out of bed and be there.
Also make your room more customised as I did (but make sure it’s not customised in such a way it breaks any law or damages any property inside). The room you live in could be your home for the next few years, so make the most of it.
Make sure to be friendly with all your roommates and have some ground rules about the common kitchen, noise levels and cleanliness of your flat; that way no confusion, no playing the blame game and you will have a clean flat.
You could also have flat movie nights or hangouts to get to know one another, it just makes you feel like having a second family here for a whole year. It's very comforting.
Know your budget
University accommodation means no bills to worry about because it's covered, but don’t go spending wild. I know we all feel like since we have the money we can splash it, but my advice is budget – or at least attempt to. When you move out of campus you’re bound to worry about saving more than spending, so if you try to learn how to save in your first year you will be able to use knowledge that in your second year.
Enjoy city life
Chelmsford is such a great place to have a good dinner or a chill at the park, or even play sports off-campus. Or maybe, if you’re a book lover, discover the bookshop that will be your safe haven from the stress. Mine’s Foyles, I absolutely adore this bookshop. Maybe celebrate your birthday with your friends at one of many restaurants for a decent price. The city has quick access to anything you need for the next three or four years of your life.
For any essentials that you need, campus offers fast food such as Subway or, if you're craving some oriental food, then go down to the Chinese shop and indulge in some oyster beef with egg fried rice!
If it’s quick grocery shopping, Spar is your best friend. On assignment days spent in the library, or simply when you're at home and want to be alone you can quickly drop in and out of Spar.
John Smith’s is your shop for all stationery-related basics. It's also a saviour as you can buy anything from headphones to bicycles, bags to laptops and it will be delivered to the shop for collection. It’s convenient and cheap.
So those are some things to look out for when starting your campus life. Make the most of your time in university and create some unforgettable memories.