So, today I moved back up to Leicester all the way from Windsor area (it’s not actually a huge distance, but it seems like a mammoth task when half of your life is in your suitcase). Unfortunately, I can’t settle into my room straight away as I have left most of my items at a friends house who won’t be back for another week. So, I’ve got my bedding and I’m living out of my summer suitcase but it feels good to be back. I thought I’d escape the frantic fresher’s rush on the motorway by coming up a little earlier. However, it is quite comical driving past the cars with the bags packed up to the ceiling and the freshers’ faces squashed against the window.
Although I’ve been at university for two years now (entering my third), each term you get so used to being involved with your university life and then you shift back to home life over the holiday periods, so each time you alternate between the two, it feels like a slight life change – especially after spending 3 months away for summer.
Change is meant to be good isn’t it? A lot of people don’t enjoy it too much (me being one of them) bit it’s supposed to help you grow as an individual (bla bla bla). I read a great book about dealing with change when my boyfriend had just moved away to university, called ‘Who moved my cheese’. It helped to explain that although we enjoy our comfort zones as they are, avoiding challenges and potential new ground isn’t sustainable for a healthy mind or life. By gradually accepting the fact that change must occur in order for our lives to expand, the change eventually becomes more approachable.
I definitely recommend reading the book as it is straight forward, short and very effective. It may sound a bit dramatic to some people as soon as they hear the words ‘self help’, but even the smallest changes in life can set you off on the wrong foot, so I think it’s important to reduce as many anxieties as you can. What is a small deal to one individual can be a huge deal to someone else.