Results are in. Offers given and accepted. You will know for certain if you coming to Leicester in October. Now that you’re not worrying about you exam results, it’s time to start worrying about actually starting University. Not that you need to worry at all, everybody is new and clueless so you just need to have fun and go with the flow. But just in case, I thought I’d answer a few commonly asked questions about starting Uni.
What if I don’t make any friends or I hate everybody I’m living with?
Firstly, this kind of negative attitude will get you no where. Secondly, it is practically impossible not to make friends with the people you live with. All you need to do is open your door and say ‘hello’ to anybody you see. Depending on how confident you’re feeling, you could go and introduce yourself to other flats/corridors near to you to meet more people. Everybody is looking to make friends so it really is easy peasy. I would also recommend joining a sports team or society as you will all bond over common interests.
As for not getting on with the people you are living with, I can’t guarantee this won’t happen. Spending so much time with the same people is always going to result in little gripes and conflicts but if you find that you really really REALLY aren’t compatible and you’re very unhappy then you can ask Student Welfare to move you to a new room, and this does happen relatively often in the first month or so.
What if everybody else on my course knows more than I do?
You’ve all had to get the same grades to get onto the course so you will all be starting from a very similar place. Don’t panic.
I found the jump from GCSE to A-Levels really hard. Is the transition to degree-level just as difficult? How can I prepare for starting my course?
Throughout your first year you are eased into degree-level study and most people find that the workload is actually easier to manage than at A-Level because you will only have around 8 taught hours a week. If you are really worried then take a look at the reading lists for first year and get started on those. For those reading English at University of Leicester the reading list can be found here… http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/english/undergraduate/reading-lists-first-year-of-study. (The sections at the back of The Norton Anthology of Poetry on ‘Versification’ and ‘Poetic Syntax’ are a useful starting point for the Reading English module.)
What do I need to take with me to Uni?
It’s impossible to provide a definitive list of what to bring to University, but basically, all the practical things that you need in day-to-day life and then some little things such as photos or your favourite teddy to help you feel at home in your new room.
Here is my very basic and by no means conclusive list:
- Some food/snacks for the first day at least, lots more if you are self-catered accommodation. (TIP: get your parents to take you to Asda in Oadby when you arrive to stock up.)
- Kitchen equipment (crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, cooking utensils etc.) If you are catered you will only need very basic cooking equipment whereas self-catered will need more kitchen kit.
- Duvet and duvet cover, pillows and pillowcases, sheets. (Except in catered ensuite rooms where bedding is provided.)
- Basic stationary
- And obviously, clothes and shoes. (TIP: bring lots of underwear and socks so that you don’t have to do a wash too often!) A laundry basket is also very helpful to minimise mess and to carry over to the laundrette.