I’m about to get stuck in with more regular posts again now that the new academic year is beginning. By the end of September, you should see an increase in posts with summer (what summer?) behind us.
For all you incoming First Years…don’t be nervous! It’s going to be great.
The most important piece of advice I could give you in the run up to your new life in Higher Education is this:
Prepare as much as you can before you get to uni.
Now is not the time for relaxing in the last couple of weeks before the hard work begins. Instead, get through all the reading and info you’ve been given, start checking out your reading lists, go down your local library for introductory books and scour the Internet for scholarly links (i.e. check your uni’s departmental website for recommended links and then see what similar departments in other universities recommend…sink your teeth in).
Because when you register and start Freshers’ Week/Fortnight/Month (whatever you get!), you’ll want as much time as possible to have fun and get involved with new mates and generally get a feel of your new surroundings. Leaving your reading and basic research until when you get to uni is suddenly going to seem like a bad thing. And it’ll suddenly seem a lot less important.
So instead of playing catch-up, get the basic reading out of the way. With an idea of what you’re meant to be up to, how to do it, and why it is the way it is, you’ll be more confident about settling in and feel less guilty about having so much fun.
So if you’re not due to register as a Fresher for a week or two, now is the best time for initiations to the subject and to introduce yourself to a new way of life.
On Monday, I’ll suggest some more things you can do to prepare for uni life and make it easier to enjoy the good times when you’re actually there.