The build up to results day probably saw all you A level students face a mixture of feelings. Where the prospect of university would bring excitement the uncertainty of whether you would be going (and where) would add a sense of anxiety and fear. But now you have been accepted into your universities some you may be panicking over what to do next in order to prepare yourself for the big move, therefore I have made a list of suggestions on what you could do next…
- Get on Facebook
In such a technically advanced modern world you probably all have Facebook (or at least know what it is). My suggestion is to find and join the Leicester University Fresher’s pages (like this one.. https://www.facebook.com/leicesterunifreshers). I found pages like these extremely useful when starting university because you are able to post any questions you might have and current students can answer them. Furthermore, try and find the Facebook page for your course. Most courses will have a Facebook group which you can join, this way you can find out about specific things on your course if you wish. If not then take a look at some more blogs, these are written to help new students! I would also try and find your university halls page. Most of you will probably know by now which halls you are living in so if you type in the name of accommodation (for example, Mary Gee, Beaumont, GMS etc.) you might be able to find the page, if there isn’t a page then maybe you could set one up yourself and post the link on the Fresher’s page. Through doing this I managed to find some of the people I was going to live with which really helped with the move to university.
- Check your emails
It is really important to keep checking emails. You’re probably already used to this because setting up student finance and applying for accommodation involved email checking but I cannot stress how important it is to keep logging onto you emails. You’ll be receiving a lot of information via email, like how to set up your university log in, so to make sure everything is completed on time checking emails is important, as it will be throughout your time at university!
- Hit the shops!
Some of you might be dreading it but some might be looking forward to it…whatever you feel, buying your university gear is something which needs to be done. Now there is no right way to go about it. Personally, due to having such a loving Grandma, I travelled to university with a whole shop full of items including cutlery, crockery, bedding and a box of food necessities. But here in Leicester, as with most places, we have a town full of shops (including Wilkinsons!). So if you feel you won’t fit much stuff into the car then just save your shopping for the day you move in.
- Enjoy the rest of your summer
Don’t let the thought of moving to/starting university form a dark cloud ahead because, I know you’ve probably heard this a million times but it is completely and utterly true, university is such an amazing experience. Of course, with it comes a little nervousness about settling in but within a couple of days you will wonder what all the worrying was about! So enjoy the rest of the time you have at home with your family and friends and look forward to your university life.
I hope this helps but feel free to comment if you have any questions about starting Leicester University.