I didn’t think that there would be much of a difference between the start of my university year and the start of a new high school year.
However, I can now say that I have caught the university excitement bug. But I will admit that this happened in the most unexpected of ways.
There are many steps in the process which could help build their excitement such as packing up their belongings, setting it all out in their new room and then finally seeing the room become theirs.
However, for those students who are staying at home these steps don’t happen, we stay in the same room and don’t have to pack up any belongings into a suitcase. Honestly this is a part of my university experience that made me the most nervous.
I was worried that because I wouldn’t have the experience of setting up my own working/living space - to me they will always end up being the same thing - I would find it difficult to get truly excited and in the mood to study.
Some students who are moving away to university may also be excited to make new friends at the parties during fresher’s week, however, I don’t really see myself as a big party person so I honestly started to get quite worried.
I badly wanted to be excited for university, however, there always seemed to be a barrier in my way that prevented this in some way shape or form.
But do not fear I have since had a silver lining moment that has provided me with the opportunity to offer some advice to those who may be in a similar situation to myself.
I have recently had an experience where I have been able to get myself excited for university and in the mood to work and study and this happened while I was… Cleaning my desk.
No seriously, all it took was cleaning and organising my desk in my bedroom and I found myself getting more and more excited.
I believe that this shows that no matter what your process for getting ready for university includes, it can take the smallest part to truly get you excited for the journey in front of you. This also means that nobody is excluded from the excitement of university, everyone who is starting this year is in the same place, and so even though you may have your worries, it can only take the most unexpected thing to put a spark into your university preparations.
I believe that this is also important to keep in mind throughout university, as this can be applied to many different situations. For example, if you are worried that you will not make any friends or if you feel that you are not making many new friends in university, keep in mind that all it takes is the smallest most unexpected interaction with another student in your lecture and you could of met your best friend.
So keep your eyes out for the small unexpected moments throughout university and life in general because you never know what they may lead to.