Here is a little list of things I wish somebody told me, or at least repeated to me 10 times.
- Pack up some pictures to remind yourself of your friends during hard moments (because you will be homesick)
- Some decoration to make your student room feel like is home? But it’s OK if you don’t because your flatmates will probably add some stuff too decorating with them can actually be a great way to bond!
- It’s alright not to stick with your flatmates
- It’s alright to change group of friends if you realise they don’t correspond to you, even after 2 months! Don’t be scared!
- People will be scary and try to impress during seminars, but they’re as frightened as you don’t worry. Everyone is playing the same game of act-the-least-lost-and-frightened at the beginning of the year.
- Your friends will be your family, they will bring you meds when you’ll get freshers’ flu
- King’s as a major international university in the centre of London tends to have people who can definitely afford more than instant noodles every day, so don’t trust the Tab or 9gag too much
- A lot of people have part-time jobs and it’s cool to take one to have something outside of uni, especially if it pays for all your fun
- Opening a bank account is not hard at all, don’t stress, just go to a bank and tell them you want to open one. Easy.
- You will probably enrol in loads of clubs/societies and drop many during the year: that’s fine
- You can even create your own club if it doesn’t exist yet
- You’ll make amazing friends in it because you’ll share a passion
- Great multicultural place that will make you think again your: “I’m a third culture kid” self
- Your English flatmate will love cooking chicken tikka and chilli con carne while your French flatmate will be all about that wine and cheese
- Deals are everywhere, look out for them!
- Slow walking is forbidden as well as standing on the left in the escalators (trust me you’ll totally agree once you’re a Londoner haha)
- Wearing a cool-artsy jacket is a great conversation starter.
- Go and see your personal tutor for advice about assignments even if you don’t have any questions or are pretty sure you’re doing well, because he can only make it better
- Apply for study abroad if you can
- You will never see all the rooms in the Maughan Library because it’s so big
Voilà, that was a little bit of before uni basics, and I know this won’t make a difference straight away, but as a final year student I assure you, they’re true, so please read them to yourself A LOT and don’t forget to relax and have fun, because the uni years are the years where you’re old enough to be independent and young enough to not care about important adult stuff (like tax).
Anysia, BA Politics