During your first year at the university, you might be excited about having to start the best years of your life where you finally get the opportunity to do whatever you want at your own convenience. The chance to meet new people, try new thing and be able to reinvent yourself.
Or you may feel nervous and anxious because probably for the first time in your life, you may have to move to a new city, sharing an apartment with new people, and be away from your parents. It is a phase of your life when you are faced with new situations that you have to cope with all alone in most cases.
Either way, being a fresher is a necessary experience you must have to go through after gaining admission into the university. If you fall under the second category of people, this article is meant for you. Here are some things you could do to help you cope with anxiety and fresher pressure.
Always remember that everyone’s in the same boat as you are:
Every other person that was admitted into the university at the same time as you is going through the same fresher experience as you, which is a good thing for you to know. This means that you are not the only one who feels unsure and lost when confronted with new ideas, you are not the only one with unsettling feelings neither are you the only one who is scared to initiate a conversation.
So you don’t have to feel inferior when you get to meet people on campus, and you also don’t have to be scared to speak first on matters which you are confident.
If you are the timid type, and you think you may find it very difficult to be around people, you may be surprised to find out that there are a lot of people who feel more comfortable when other persons surround them.
The company of other people can be beneficial during this period of your fresher experience. This is because being around a group of friends would give you a sense of belonging. In most cases, this feeling of belonging continues in the other months or years after.
Therefore it would help if you are a part of a group or at least have one friend that would help you get through your fresher experience, it doesn’t matter if the person is also a fresher or an old student.
Get as much information about your university as possible;
Getting to know your campus can help you a lot. It would make you ask fewer questions about directions and finding your way around over time, and make you feel less like a fresher who cannot find his way around campus, especially if you study on a big university.
It might take some time to get acquainted with your new environment. To make it easier for you, you can start by getting to know the significant buildings on campus, such as the classes and theatres which you’ll be receiving your lectures, computer labs and ICT centres, the library, and the cafés on campus. If you’re your school have a map on their website, you can also make use of that.
Always follow the guidelines:
When you are required to fill a form or submit a document, you must remember to follow the recommended guidelines, especially during your admission and clearance process. Not only would this help you avoid complications with your school data, or portray you as intelligent and smart.
By doing this, you also get to avoid any embarrassments from admission or clearance officers, which could way you down and make you insecure.
If you don’t understand the guidelines that you are required to follow, don’t be ashamed to ask a fellow student, perhaps a friend or a member of the group of people you move with.
Asking questions during this period of being a fresher is a crucial thing to do, it would save you from making a lot of mistakes.
Stay Focused on your Goal
By the time you get to know people and start to socialize, you would encounter a lot of distractions.
In the university, you get to mix up with people from different backgrounds with different believes, norms and practices, some of which are very enticing and are capable of distracting you totally from your primary purpose of being in school.
The fact that you are trying to make friends doesn’t mean you have to say yes to whatever the person wants you to do, although saying no to a friend comes with a lot of courage, it is something that you have to do if what your friend proposes to you doesn’t go down well with you.
Letting people understand that you know what you want at that particular point in time makes people have a certain level of respect for you.
Eat well and keep your health in check
As a fresher, you would find it very stressful trying to cope with academic activities and settling down on campus at the same time.
Because you have so much to do for yourself, it may be difficult for you to keep up with regular healthy eating and fitness routine, which isn’t good for your health.
Therefore instead of eating junk food all the time, you would have to make out time to prepare your food at home to eat, even if it means you have to wake up very early to do so.
To make this possible, you can plan out a routine and a budget to make this easier. You can also substitute all that junk with some fruit and veggie.
Although your fresher experience may turn out to be one of your best or worst university experience, the important thing is that you make the best out of this experience. If you learn from your mistakes, and not repeating them, you would be able to advise people coming after you based on your experience, which is a good thing.