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Have you been living your best Fresher’s life? Going to uni can be such a great experience but it can be quite hard to knuckle down and do some work after the fun of fresher’s week.
With Freshers’ Fortnight done and dusted, and the first weeks of lectures on the horizon, this is when the initial excitement can start to wear off and the pressure to adapt to your new Uni life quickly begins.
It can be really hard to get the right balance between your social and academic life, especially at the beginning, but it’s important to set yourself some good habits early on to make your life much easier in the long run.
As you’re not living at home anymore, you’re now responsible for your diet. Heard of freshers’ flu? It’s almost inevitable after freshers’ week even if you didn’t go clubbing. in the first few weeks of uni; fresh fruit is cheap, healthy and a good way to keep your immune system ticking over. Make sure you also remember to stay hydrated – your body will thank you!
You’ll notice pretty quickly that you get loads of freedom at university. There won’t be anyone reminding you to work, which means and find a pattern that suits you. So buy a calendar, or a diary or use an app to keep track of what’s going on in your life at Uni. Use it to track when different societies meet, when you are meeting your friends, when your lectures will be and most importantly when your deadlines are!
Everyone (and I mean everyone) will leave a certain piece of work to the last minute, but do try and start any assignments at least a week before it’s due. It’ll save you stress in the future!
When making new friends and wanting to make the most of your new life it can seem quite natural to say yes to everything. But if you know you’ve got an assignment due saying no, to going out with your friends till the early hours of the morning, isn’t going to be the end of your social life and your future self will definitely thank you!
There’s no getting away from it, starting university can be an intense time. What with making friends, getting to grips with your course and signing up for new experiences, life can feel pretty gruelling. Ultimately, there’s no ‘right way’ to take time out, but try to listen to what your body (and your mind) needs. Taking time to relax and de-stress can mean an improvement in your mood, brain function, and memory. Relaxation will allow your mind and body to repair itself.
Up to 60% of all Uni students suffer from a poor sleep and when sleep can help you stay focused, improve concentration and academic performance – this is something to take seriously! Numerous nights out will soon add up and take a toll on both your academic and social life. Try going to bed at the same time for a few nights & stop working at least an hour before sleep. Try and relax for 30 minutes before getting into bed either by light reading, bath, shower, mediation, relaxing music or yoga.
What tips for fresher’s do you have?
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