If you have finally received notification that you’ve been accepted into the university that you had been hoping to become a member of (finally), you can likely begin to rest easy at least a little bit – after all, the majority of the “heavy lifting” has already been taken care of !
However, if you find that you are still at least a little bit nervous or anxious about going off on your own for the first time in your life – and find yourself unsure of what you should be focused on or what you can do to make the most out of this experience – hopefully you’ll find the insider information in this quick guide to be incredibly valuable and very, very useful.
Before we jump right into the nitty-gritty, however, it’s important for you to remember that no matter how stressful the situation gets, or how much pressure you feel like you are under, this isn’t the end of the world.
In fact, it’s fantastic news and a tremendous opportunity that you’ll be able to go to the university that you wanted to – and now it’s just up to you to make sure that you get as much out of the experience as you possibly can!
Ready to jump right into strategies and tactics that will make your time at university everything that you hoped it to be? Great!
Let’s jump right in!
Prepare yourself for university
The very first thing that you’re going to want to do (even before you begin packing anything at all) is to make sure that you have created a check-list of all the things that you want to bring with you, as well as everything that you need to tackle before you head away from home for the first time.
Do not rely on your memory to be sure that you don’t end up forgetting something. Your brain is going to be completely overwhelmed with everything that is swirling around you, and the odds are fantastic that you’ll forget something incredibly important.
And we cannot have that, now can we?
These check-lists are going to provide you with a quick and easy way to make sure that you have everything you need to start off at university, while at the same time making sure that you aren’t bringing things that aren’t absolutely essential.
Believe it or not, there’s a world of difference between things that you’ll need when you are away at university and things that you would just like to have with you – and often times they don’t have as much and over as you would expect.
Make those check-lists not only for the things that you need to purchase or bring with you, but also for the actual things you need to do before you head out.
Create a student bank account, make sure that your finances are in order, say goodbye to everyone that you won’t be able to visit with quite as regularly as you used to, and take care of any other “loose ends” before you begin the next step of your journey.
Make sure that your finances are in order
One of the most important things you can do (if not the most important thing) is to make sure that your finances are in order before you even begin to think about stepping foot on a university campus.
One of the most common reasons for why people really struggle with their studies and their education, and why they are stressed out most of the time, is because of problems with finances that just weren’t anticipated – the kinds of problems that could (almost always) have been avoided with just a bit of attention and focus.
You don’t have to create a full-blown budget that is poured in concrete (so that certainly wouldn’t hurt) for you to have all of your finances in order before heading to university, but at the same time you’re going to want to know what your cash flow situation is, what kinds of bills or expenses you need to cover, and where any new money or “revenue” is going to come from.
If you don’t have the answers to those issues, you’re going to have a rough go of it at university.
The key to leading a happy and healthy dorm life
There are a bunch of different things you can do to make sure that your life in the university dormitories goes as smoothly as humanly possible – even if you’re going to be set up with a room-mate (or room-mates) that you’ve never met before.
Establish some ground rules or expectations with each and every one of your room-mates (with all of you laying out your cards at the exact same time in the early stages of this relationship) and you will able to avoid a world of headache and hassle later down the line.
This is a critical thing to pay attention to when you’re getting ready to go to university, as a lot of people just don’t want to take this extra step (for fear of being seen as bossy by people that you’ve yet to really get to know), but it’s a critical component to successful life in the door.
If everything is done “willy-nilly”, tempers are going to flare, relationships are going to fray, and things just aren’t going to run anywhere near as smoothly as they could have.
How to make the most of your time at university
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that you are going to be able to take advantage of an incredible amount of experiences and opportunities while you are away at university.
The worst thing (the WORST thing) that you could do is try to remain exactly the same person you were when you left for university while you are away. This is your chance to check out all that life has to offer, one of the most exciting, interesting, and fun times you’ll ever get the chance to enjoy.
Honestly, you’d have to be at least eight that the crazy not to see where different paths can take you, especially if they force you to climb outside of your comfort zone.
Best of luck going forward!