This word has probably been an apt one, for those of you who have received your A Level results, over the last couple of weeks. I always try to create a numb kind of headspace whenever I collect exam results – to avoid potential disappointment – and I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in that. But it’s important to let that headspace go after results day has passed: whatever the results, you have done it and you can only move onward, rather than getting caught up in the what-ifs. You have collected your results and you’re moving onto the next stage in your life, whatever it may be, so congratulations!
But I’m sure that ‘results’ is the last word you want to see, so this blog post is going to be focusing on something entirely different! This ‘headspace’ refers to the mental limbo of the time between collecting your results and continuing to university, if that is where your path is taking you! Of course, there are so many other destinations apart from university, so I will certainly be posted a Part Two of this, for apprenticeships and work, in the future! But for now, since it wasn’t so long ago for me, I’d like to offer some information and advice on how to get into a positive headspace for going to university!
Creating a University-Ready Headspace:
- ADMIN COMPLETION. Unfortunately, as with most things in life, you’ve got to sort out the boring admin stuff. This is by no means an extensive list, but these were the things that popped into my mind.
- Have you sorted out your Student Finance? (Tuition Fees; Maintenance Grant). You can find the login page here.
- Have you sorted out your accommodation, if you’re living away?
- Do you know when your rent payments need to be made?
- How will you be getting to university, on moving in day?
- Have you bought all the stuff that you’ll need?
- Have you registered with the university?
- COURSE PREPARATION. This is the chance to start getting excited about what you’re going to be studying!
- Have you received your timetable from the university? This is an important one to think about, as this will let you know what your schedule for the next semester will be! And it may need to be chased up, as I have still not received mine yet, even going into second year.
- Is your placement on the course arranged? This may be indicated by receiving an email from your school of study, or the university body.
- Have you been given a recommended reading list, or a required book list? If so, have you bought most of these books? Although, sometimes it can be best to wait until you’ve sat in your first seminar, as you may not need all of the books.
- Have you received your login details for Blackboard?
- Is your university email up and running?
- ROOM DECOR. Personally, I had the most fun with this part of the ‘headspace’, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy it just as much, this year. This is where you plan the fun stuff that you want to take to university, if you’re living away. This will be the stuff that will make the room yours, and I saw it as a challenge to make the room fully embody me!
- What do you want to take with you, that you love? Below are just a few suggestions!
- Are there any DVDs or CDs that you can’t live without? (For me, it was the Supernatural boxset, Season 1-12)
- Are there any soft toys that you want to take? (My disturbing Foxy plushie from Five Nights At Freddie’s was a must)
- Do you have any decorations that you’d like to put up? (My Nightmare Before Christmas tapestry really tied the room together)
- Any companions? (Pets probably aren’t allowed, sadly, but my houseplants thrived at university!)
- Do you have any favourite books that you could bring?
- Any must-have outfits?
- Any Freshers’/Party accessories? (Dressing up was probably the best thing about Freshers’ Week, for me)
- THE ‘SO LONGS’. This one is a little less fun than the last, but it depends on how you view it! If you’re moving away for university, then chances are that you won’t see some people as often as you did. And, even if you’re not, lectures and seminars will fill your time up a lot more than before. So, a few weeks before I travelled from London to Leicester, I did a little ‘farewell’ tour of the people and places that I would miss.
- Are there any friends that you want to meet up with, before you go?
- Are there any places that you want to travel to?
- Do you have a partner that you want to spend the day with, beforehand?
- Do you want to spend some time with family, in the last few days, before moving?
- BUT REMEMBER: this is ‘so long’! It is not farewell!
- EXCITEMENT. Finally, this is the most applicable point to ‘headspace’! I know how scary it is, starting university and meeting new people – I spent the last few days, at home, in tears – but you won’t believe how exciting your next year will be. There will be so many opportunities and experiences that will blow your mind! And there are ways in which you can remember that, no matter how scary it seems.
- Have a look at your university’s societies and groups. There are so many; it’s ridiculous! You can view the University of Leicester society list here.
- Join your university’s Facebook group, WhatsApp group, whatever the social media platform!
- A personal one from me: watch Fresh Meat on Netflix. I binge-watched three seasons before going to university, because it really made me excited for what was to come! Of course, it’s exaggerated for TV, so don’t worry about the dramatics – but I promise that the fun parts are extremely accurate.
By reading this post, I hope that I’ve gone some way to directing you into a good headspace for starting university, which should be a headspace of excitement and anticipation! The experience is absolutely what you make of it, so no preparation is ever too early! Get excited! It’s going to be awesome.
How are you feeling about starting university? Leave a comment down below!