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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 June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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