8 reasons why you should be excited about university
It’s results day. You’ve been handed that dreaded envelope, and you’ve got the grades you need to get into university! Congratulations. You’ve finally earned the key to some of the best years of your life. Naturally, many freshers feel apprehensive about leaving their school friends and family behind, but it is the step into the unknown that makes your university journey so special. Here are 8 reasons why you should be excited, and not at all nervous, about going to university.
It’s no secret that Freshers’ Week will be one of the best weeks of your university experience. It’s probably your only chance to feel guilt-free for going out nearly every night and sleeping through most of the day. You’ll make fond memories and, depending on how you look at it, will have many amusing Freshers’ stories to tell your friends back home.
Not a drinker?
However, don’t panic if you’re not much of a drinker or the type to go clubbing often. Honestly, it is a myth that most freshers get blind drunk all the time. Depending on your university, there will be other events on, such as going to the cinema, chilling at a bar, mini-golfing, etc. Attending these events is a great way to meet people who are on the same page as you.
While your degree should be your main priority, university is about so much more than that. It is an opportunity to get involved in extra-curricular activities and meet like-minded people. Types of societies include various sports societies, Creative Writing Society, Feminist Society, cultural and religious societies – the list is endless. Can’t find a society you’re interested in? Create one! Many universities will help you set up a new society if you have enough people who want to be involved.
While leaving your family and friends may seem incredibly daunting, going to university will be one of the best motivators for personal development. Your mum won’t be there to do your washing and cleaning – you will have to put the effort in yourself. University teaches you to be self-reliant and efficient with your time and money. Knowing you are growing into an independent individual is one of the most rewarding feelings you will have.
A fresh start
Maybe you had a reputation at school for being ‘that’ guy or girl. University is your chance to strip away that image, completely reinvent yourself and come out of your shell, without other people having preconceptions about you. It’s time to release all that baggage and actively control the next chapter in your life. Be bold and don’t be afraid to let your true colours show.
One of the most exciting things about university is the preparation that comes before it. University shopping is an opportunity to let your inner interior designer out. Get those bedsheets your parents wouldn’t allow because they didn’t match the colour scheme of the house and deck your room out with all sorts of lights and posters. Be as expressive as you want – your home, your rules.
Make new friends
Inevitably, many of you will be anxious about leaving your old friends behind and trying to make new ones. You might worry that you won’t find people who are on your level of humour or that you won’t fit in with certain groups. However, there are hundreds of students who are in the same position as you. The range of people you meet at university is so eclectic it’s almost impossible not to make friends. Just be willing to put yourself out there, and I guarantee you will find your university family.
Explore a new city
Moving away to a new city for university is a great opportunity for you to expand your horizons and step out of your comfort zone. Immerse yourself in your new city’s culture by trying out local restaurants, finding the liveliest bars and student hangouts, and visiting tourist attractions. Even better, hop on a bus and get off somewhere completely random – it could either be anti-climactic or a pleasant surprise. Either way, it’s a fun way to get to know your area better.
Studying a degree you enjoy
No longer do you have to sit in your college or sixth form classes counting down the minutes until the lesson is over. You have chosen the subject which you are passionate about, and you’ll spend the next few years becoming a professional in that field. Be excited to geek out with like-minded students who have also chosen to study your degree for similar reasons.
It is completely understandable if you are nervous about going to university but don’t let that be a hindrance. Turn that nervous feeling into motivation and make the most out of your university experience. You will make new friends, discover new passions and grow into the person you aspire to be. While you will inevitably experience lows at university, the highs will be even more powerful. So brace yourself – you won’t get an opportunity like this again.