Wednesday 13 September 2017

My Biggest Worries About Starting University

  • I’m not going to make any friends and I’ll end up being a compete loser for the rest of my time there. I’m not brilliant at making the first move and I’m incredibly shy which I’m worried will make me come across as snobbish or up myself. I don’t want anyone to think of me in a negative light just because I have trouble starting conversations with people I’ve never met before.   
  • I’ll hate my course. Whilst this isn’t a massive worry there’s still that little voice in the back of my head saying I should have chosen differently. I’ve done so much research into my course and from everything I’ve read it seems to be the perfect course for me in order to achieve my ambition of becoming a teacher. But of course I’ll still worry about it until I actually start.
  •  Have I made a mistake in moving away? Moving to Manchester is going to be a big deal for me. I come from a pretty small area, most people have never heard of where I’m from and it’s nearly always easier to just say Liverpool or the North West. It’s quite a rural area and so moving to a major city is a big deal although I’m hoping it’ll bring me out of my shell. The first time I went to London I was absolutely terrified. We came out of the train station and there was so many people and so much noise and I hated it. I much prefer my quite little town but moving to Manchester will open up so many more opportunities. I wanted to throw myself into university and hopefully moving away won’t be as scary as I’m making it out to be in my head.
  •  I won’t get along with my flatmates. What happens if I end up getting put with three boys? What if they all hate me? What if they steal all my food and blast music 24/7? I have so much anxiety over this. Moving in with three complete strangers is my idea of hell. But it’s part of the uni experience and generally most people are ok and end up coming out the other side unscathed. Fingers crossed though that I’m with decent people who I actually become friends with. 
  • How expensive everything is going to be. My accommodation is already taking up a HUGE chunk of my maintenance loan and I’m going to have to really budget if I don’t want to starve to death. Although, I’m very lucky that my parents are going to help me out with food if I never need it. If you’re going away to uni look into getting an Asda Christmas savings card (it’s not just for Christmas) if there’s an Asda nearby. Basically, you get two cards, I have one and my mum has the other. My mum can keep topping up her card and the money appears on my card and I can use it to buy food and other bits I need. It’s a lot easier than getting my dad to transfer money into my bank account and she knows that I won’t be spending it on takeaways or alcohol, although personally I don’t even drink.
  • Homesickness. Missing my family is going to be hard. Not seeing my mum every day is going to be weird. Also, my sister just had a baby two weeks ago and I’m quite disappointed that I won’t always be there to see my niece as she grows. I’m already obsessed with her and I’m going to hate not seeing her regularly. My sister’s promised to keep me updated via WhatsApp though!

          Or I end up failing everything and the whole three years was a waste and I’m now  £50,000 in debt. Brilliant. (This is just me being dramatic but I’m still a bit nervous that my academic abilities won’t be good enough.)

    If anyone feels like giving me some advice on starting university or sharing their own experience of being a fresher, please do leave a comment. I’d love to hear some reassurance!


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