From soon-to-be-ex-fresher to soon-to-be-freshers here are some pieces of advice that I wish someone had shared with me at this time last year:
1) Learn to cook.
Next year you’re probably not going to live with your family and, unfortunately, no one will cook for you. If you don’t want to spend all of your budget on food (bear in mind that you’re going to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world), then learn some easy dishes. There are plenty of resources online (and tbh, if I made it you can do it too hehe :D).
2) Start looking for an internship ASAP.
My family thought I was crazy when I was googling internships for first year students in August but it has been sooo useful for me. The job world is super competitive so start looking to gain some experience as soon as possible. In your first year, you can easily get a Spring internship at most banks. I did mine at Goldman Sachs but there are other firms that organise them as well. Bear in mind that summer internships in your first year are way harder to get than spring ones.
3) Write your CV.
It’s very useful to have a copy of your CV ready to be shared, make sure you have a sample cover letter ready too!
4) Join Facebook groups.
Join Facebook groups for freshers/people in your course. It might not be useful but it’s certainly fun 😀
5) Don’t end friendships.
Finally, (this is very subjective and entirely depends on your personality and on the friendships you’ve made over the years) in September you are going to leave everything behind. This might sound like a relief but you know that you’ll have to come back home for your holidays so make sure that, if there are some friends that you would like to stay close with, you keep in contact with them. It might be every day or once a month but they’ll be there once you come back and want to have fun with some old friends.