Going to university is a great experience, packed with opportunities and memories that you wont forget. But for those right at the start of the journey, who have just received their BTEC and A Level results, this can be a time of mixed emotions. For some people, with the worry of results over, they can begin to feel excited and eager for the new chapter to begin, while for others, fear and dread can be mixed into this experience too. And if you fall into the latter category, you’re definitely not alone. As many as 60% of first year students feel unprepared for university in a range of different ways. So, how can you beat these fears, and feel as confident as possible?
How can you beat the new uni fears?
To beat your fears and worries about university, try breaking them down into different categories. For example:
- Social fears
- Academic fears
- New place fears
For new students, social fear comes into two categories:
- The worry that you wont make friends- This is the most common fear for new students. The thought of spending three years in an unfamiliar city, surrounded by unfamiliar people can be very daunting. But everyone else has this same fear too, so as a result, even if you’re an introvert, you will notice that your fellow students are likely to approach you, because everyone is looking for new friends.
- The worry that you’ll lose touch with your old friends- Distance wont be enough to ruin your friendship group, as long as you make the effort to stay in touch. A daily chat about the days events is enough to keep you all up to date and connected. And don’t forget about making plans for the homecoming at the end of each term.
The fear that you wont be able to keep up with lectures is a very real concern for some students. To try and put your mind at rest, it could be a good idea to get hold of a couple of resource books for your class next year, and have a read through. Even if you dont understand a lot of it yet, it can be a good way to help you feel more academically confident. Also, make sure you pick up an academic calendar for your room as it can be even more useful than a phone calendar for reminding you of key deadlines.
New place fears
If you are heading to an unfamiliar city, you might be worried about navigating a new place. If possible, why not head there with some friends and spend the day exploring together? That way you’ll have positive memories of the city, before you even get there.
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