Starting university is a bit like going back to the very beginning of your school life. You don’t know where your lectures are and you more than likely don’t have anyone to whom you can hang onto for dear life to help you through but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it all.
Your first week ultimately categorises your into one of three groups; those who like to party hard, those who like to party a little and those who would rather stay in and save money. It gives you an idea of where your next 3 years are heading. By the end of your first week you might know where all the best bars and pubs are but still do not have a clue how to get to the Uni because you’ve missed your inductions due to a curious aftermath from the night before that just won’t go away.You have a new found independence that requires more than just you being able to wake yourself up and open a bottle of cider with your teeth. Finally fending for yourself can lead to food poisoning, setting the fire alarm off and cooking 5 day old fish that you forgot to put in the freezer. Fortunately, practice makes perfect and the next 3 years are just that; we’re in training.
The thing you need is balance; ying and yang, the partying is the ‘ying’ and sleep, food, lectures, etc. are the ‘yang’. Too much of one and you end up with either very low grades and too many friends or the opposite. For this, you need the basic things; good connections and a watch. No one wants to be the person walking into a lecture after everyone has already sat down, this makes the watch essential. As for good connections, you want to know what is happening on what night and which bar is the best place to go, I mean you don’t want to make the mistake of thinking that the name of the event means fancy dress and turn up dressed like a girl from the 90s ghetto to find that you are the only one to have assumed it was themed and was not just a reference to the music played.
The next 3 years of your life are going to turn you into the person you want to be, when you’re older you’ll look back on this time and be happy with the person you were; just so long as your balance is right and you don’t spend all day and night locked away in your room or getting yourself a regular name at all the pubs and bars round town.