Just like any other significant life event, starting college takes some adjustment.
It's a change unlike any other up to this point:
- Some of you may be leaving home for the first time, moving out of home, maybe further away than you imagined.
- Others may be commuting every day for several hours.
- And some of you may have just taken a year off.
Whatever way you have just started your college journey, it will still be a big difference in comparison to what you're used to and that can be scary at first, which is completely fine and normal.
In this article, we are going to focus on some of the things that should help you why are adjusting to college life.
Bring Home Comforts to College Accommodation
You may think that being a student means you have to be on trend, I have only what all the other students have in your dorm or apartment room. But sometimes new things don't provide the same comfort that the old things from home do. this can lead to feeling Homesick.
Getting homesick in college is a very normal response to separation from home and family. Almost all new college students experience it in one way or another, and freshmen should know that it is normal to experience this feeling.
Just remember to pack some of your favourite home comforts for when you're feeling homesick. There is no reason why you can't have your oldest pair of trackies in the back of your closet for the days when you just wanna sit and study in comfort.
Family, friends from school and your pet photos or even just a collage of all of those highlights stuck to the inside of your wardrobe. These are the things that will make you smile on a day where are you feeling homesick.
My sister when she was in college, she would come home every Friday and give me a list of meals she missed from home. Every Sunday evening, I'd give her a lasagne, a quiche and some home-cooked bacon in lunch boxes. She had lunches prepared for the next few days that smelt and tasted like home.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to keep the little things while you experience the new excitement of college life. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with calling home every other night or even texting your Mammy or Da every day to let them know how everything is going or that you miss them.
Just because you're experiencing something new and you absolutely love it or maybe you don't. Doesn't mean you have to leave the other side of your life behind, because it will always be there for you, home will always be home.
Realising that it's not a choice between both, but that you can actually have the best of both worlds will enhance your college experience. Being able to enjoy college life but also embrace Homelife it means, that when things are going good you can share your experiences and stories with your friends and family, but when things are not going so good your support network is twice as big and you won't feel alone ever. So pack that tatty ol' teddy or that blanky full of holes.
Get Involved with College Life
Whatever you do, do not skip orientation. A lot of people think "oh it's orientation, it's a blank week before I start classes". I cannot stress this enough. Orientation is not a doss week, it's where you meet people, it's where you socialise and get to know some of the other people in your classes and your dormitories so please whatever you do, don't skip orientation.
Freshers Week 2022
This year The Freshers Week Event starts on Sunday, 11 September 2022.
Freshers Week is Ireland's largest student festival. With over 80 societies to join and a ton of events, there really is something for everyone.
How can I get the most out of freshers week?
- Focus on Making Friends. - Take a chance and strike up a conversation. Making new friends might seem daunting, but it’s an essential part of the college experience!
- Eat Smart, Healthy, and Wallet-Friendly. - It’s important to focus on maintaining a balanced and budget-conscious diet, for 2 reasons, 1) Freshers week can be insanely expensive if you let it be, and 2) there's no point messing up your stomach a week before you start studying.
- Join Student Clubs and Societies. - Getting involved in activities aside from your exams is a great way to make your new campus feel like home. Whether it’s a sports team, photography club or political society, or some form of art, use Freshers’ Week to scout out the group that fits you best.
- Be Yourself - Don’t worry about trying to reinvent your personality when you get to college. If you put your best self out there, the right people will naturally gravitate toward you! Be yourself, speak your mind, and you’ll find your people.
- JUST HAVE FUN! - While tips for Freshers are helpful, the very best advice to follow is to be true to yourself and who you want to become. Remember that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so enjoy it and have fun.
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