How does it feel to know that you have a secure place? Great, right? It was great for me too, except that it was slightly overshadowed by my fears. I’m good at worrying about things and going to University was a proper reason for worrying. A lot.
I’m sure you guys have already heard/read great advice and useful tips about how to get on in the first few weeks. The one thing that I myself would emphasize is to be patient. I wish I was a bit more patient back then… It’s important to remember that everything takes time. It takes time to get to know a new place with new people around you or to organize your official University things. And mainly: it might take some time to find like-minded people, too. If it’s not happening in the first week, in the whirl of the crazy fresher parties and programmes, don’t be too disappointed. Just be patient. (I hate this sentence so much, I hate both to hear it and to say it because who has the patience to be patient, right? Especially when so much new stuff is about to happen to you. But it’s true. If something doesn’t go according to plan, don’t panic. Things will be settled eventually.)
Apart from considering how I will manage to get along, I remember that I was also slightly nervous about how to prepare for my course. I was wondering: should I start to read smart academic books in advance? But in the end, I didn’t do it, and I don’t think that anyone should. Trust me, you will have plenty of time to read smart academic books at University… so you really don’t have to feel stressed about it before the term starts. You go there to study, so until then, my advice is just to enjoy summer as long as you can! But of course that doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do as a bit of a preparation. If you’re doing Film, for instance, I think the best way to broaden your knowledge is to watch as many films as you can. That’s what I did, too. Not that it was a big change: watching loads of movies is something that I’ve always been doing. But the more films you sit through (and not exclusively Hollywood blockbusters but other ones, too) the more experienced you become when it comes to analyzing a movie or interpreting it in a wider context.
All in all, welcome new students, it’s going to be quite a journey! And goodbye, summer. Though technically it’s still summer for another 6 days, the last week of August is always like usual Sundays, right? It’s about what’s next.