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Freshers On Board! 13 Effective Ways to Blend Into Uni Life

Freshers On Board! 13 Effective Ways to Blend Into Uni Life

Have you recently started University? Moving to University is a big lifestyle change for most freshers as they begin living independently for the first time. It can be intimidating making such a big lifestyle change, but these 13 tips will help any freshers to happily settle into University life.

1. Arrive early

Try to move into your University halls on the first day they are open. People will form bonds during the first few awkward days, so don’t get left out: This is a good chance to meet other freshers and strike up new friendships.

2. Find your University on social media

If your University has a social media page, make sure you have ‘Liked’ it. This page will post all upcoming events and parties for freshers, giving you a head start on places to go with your new house-mates.

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3. Unpack straight away

The day that you move to University will be filled with activities, but try not to put off unpacking. It is fun to talk to other freshers and show your parents around, but once they have left you may feel a little homesick — make sure all of your favourite things are on display already to help you settle into your new home.

4. Get to know your new home

On the first day, find out where the toilets, kitchen and laundry room are. This will make your life easier in the long run and it will help you to settle in. It is also useful to find the supermarket where you will do all of your food shopping.

5. Leave your bedroom door open during the day-time

If you are feeling nervous, it is tempting to shut your door and chat on-line to your old friends from back home. Try to avoid this as it will make it harder for you to get to know your house-mates. Leave your door open so your house-mates feel like they can come in and strike up a conversation.

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6. Set a cleaning rota with your house-mates

It is likely you will live with some freshers who are very messy and others who are very clean, so try to set a cleaning rota all of your house-mates agree with. This will ensure that the bulk of the cleaning doesn’t fall to just one person and arguments will be avoided.

7. Check out the freshers fair

Joining a society is a great way to make new friends who share similar interests to you. Check out your University freshers fair to see if there are any societies you would like to join.

8. Safety in numbers will help you find new friends

Once you and your house-mates have become friendly, go down the halls and socialize with other freshers. It is less intimidating in a group, and it is a good way to meet everyone you share halls with.

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9. Set a weekly food budget

Decide how much money you want to spend on food each week, and try to stick to it for the full year. This is a great way to make sure you don’t end up only eating noodles for a full month.

10. Accept the responsibility of making sure you eat properly

You are feeding yourself now, so make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet. Buy fruit and vegetables with your food shop, and make sure you have enough to last the full week.

11. Talk to your house-mates about sharing food

Some freshers will share milk, butter and bread with their house-mates and others will follow a ‘buy your own’ policy. Discuss what you would like to do with your house-mates so everyone is on the same page.

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12. Do a big food shop

Do one big weekly food shop instead of picking bits up from your local express store. This is much cheaper and it will save you a lot of time in the long run.

13. Cook in bulk and freeze the rest

Whenever you cook a nutritious and healthy meal, make sure you cook enough to save some leftovers to freeze for later. Many students don’t feel like cooking properly every day, but having leftovers will mean you can have a healthy meal with little effort.

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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on October 22, 2019

How to Get “I Can’t Do It” Out of Your Vocabulary

How to Get “I Can’t Do It” Out of Your Vocabulary

When someone says, “I can’t do it” . . . I say to myself, “What do you mean you can’t do it?” Maybe you don’t want to do it, but saying you “can’t” do it is a completely different story.

With the right mindset, positive attitude, and a clear vision of what you want to accomplish, the only thing that is holding you back is yourself.

Can’t is a terrible word and it has to be taken out of your vocabulary.

By saying you can’t do something, you’re already doubting yourself, submitting to defeat, and you’re making that barrier around your life tighter.

So today, right now, we are going to remove this word for good.

From now on there is nothing we can’t do.

“Attitude is Tattoo”

Your attitude is everything; it’s your reason, your why and how, your facial expression, emotions, body language, and potentially the end result. How you approach an opportunity, and the result of it, is solely based on you — not your boss or your co-worker or friend.

If you enter a business meeting with a sour attitude, that negative energy can spread like wildfire. People can also feel it — maybe even taste it. This is not an impression you want to leave.

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Now imagine you enter a business meeting with a positive attitude, that whatever happens in here is going to be your result, in your control, not someone else’s. Of course, we can’t always win, but even if the outcome is negative, your attitude and perception can turn it into a positive. The question is: can you do it?

Of course you can, because there is nothing in this world you can’t do.

It’s much better to be known for your positive attitude — your poise, your energy, the reason why things go so well because you are able to maintain such character. A negative attitude is easy. It’s easy to complain, it’s easy to be mad, and it’s even easier to do nothing to change it.

When I say your “attitude is tattoo”, it sounds permanent. Tattoos can be removed, but that’s not the point. Your attitude is like a tattoo because you wear it. People can see it and sometimes, they will judge you on it. If you maintain a negative attitude, then it is permanent until you change it.

Change your attitude and I guarantee the results change as well.

Believe You Can Do It

Do you know why most people say “can’t” and doubt themselves before trying anything?

It’s our lack of self-confidence and fear on many different levels. The one thing we have to purge from ourselves is fear — fear of bad results, fear of change, fear of denial, fear of loss, the fear that makes us worry and lose sleep. Worrying is the same as going outside with an umbrella, waiting for rain to hit it. Stop worrying and move on.

Confidence is fragile: It builds up slowly, but can shatter like glass. Project your confidence and energy into believing in yourself. This is a very important and groundbreaking step — one that is usually the hardest to take. Start telling yourself you can do something, anything, and you will do it the best to your ability. Remove doubt, remove fear, and stick with positive energy.

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Embrace Failure

Do not fear failure. Do not run away from it. Face it, learn from it, grow, and take action. Just remember: You will never know success if you have never failed.

Your confidence will bolster after embracing these facts. You will be immune to demoralizing results, and instead you will find ways to fix it, improve upon it, and make it better than before. You will learn to never say “can’t,” and will realize how many more opportunities you can create by removing that one word.

Don’t let one simple and ugly word plague your confidence. You’re better and stronger than that.

Start Making the Change

But to actually start the process of change is very challenging.

Why is that?

Fear? Time? Don’t know how — or where — to start?

It’s hard because what we’re doing is unlearning what we know. We are used to doing things a certain way, and chances are we’ve been doing them for years.

So here are some ways that I avoid using the word “can’t”, and actually take the steps to put forth the change that I wish to see. I hope you can incorporate these methods into your life.

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Write down What You Want to Change

Write it on post-its, notecards, whatever makes you comfortable — something you will always see. I usually write mine on post-its and put them all over the wall behind my monitor so I always see them.

Tell a Friend and Talk About It

Discussing your goals, what you want to change, is very effective when you say it out loud and tell another person other than yourself. It’s almost like saying, hey, I bet I can do it — watch me.

When you fulfill that goal and tell your friend, it feels rewarding and will motivate you to do it again in a different aspect. Who knows? Maybe your friend adopts the same mindset as you.

Stop Yourself from Saying the Forbidden Word

Sometimes,I can’t control myself in public when I’m with friends, so I have to be careful with the words I use so I don’t embarrass or insult anyone.

Treat the word “can’t” as the worst word you can possibly use. Stop yourself from saying it, mid-sentence if you must, and turn your whole perspective around — you can do it, you will do it, and nothing is impossible!

Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

You think this change will be overnight? No way. This is a practice. Something you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life from now until forever.

As I said earlier, you are unlearning what you know. You know how easy it is to say you can’t do something, so by unlearning this easy practice, you’re self-disciplining yourself to live without boundaries.

Practice this everyday, a little at a time, and before you know it, the word can’t will not be part of your language.

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Do Anything That Can Relieve Your Uncertainty

When I catch myself saying I can’t do something or I don’t know something, looking up information on that action or subject, doing research, educating yourself, relieves that uncertainty.

Sometimes, we think we can’t do something because the whole idea of it seems too large. We skip the small steps in our head and only focus on the end.

Before you say you can’t do something, rewind and slow down a little bit. Focus on what the first step is, then the next. Take it a step at a time, and before you know it you will have done something you previously thought you couldn’t do.

Final Thoughts

You know what you must do. The first step is right now. Once you begin this habit, and really start noticing some change, you’ll realize the door to opportunity is everywhere.

The funny thing is: Those doors have always been there. The evil word that we no longer use put a veil over our eyes because that’s how powerful that word is.

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