Settling into a new year is challenging, both for new and seasoned tertiary students. Here are some tips to help you get through the first couple of weeks, helping you to lay a solid foundation which will support you academically and socially for the rest of the year:
Familiar territory: Walk around and get to know your campus, especially the main locations such as lecture rooms, library, study facilities and the canteen.
Time out: Give yourself time to relax every day, to think through all the new ideas and experiences. Decide what works for you and use that as a basis of making sound choices academically and socially.
Find the balance: Tertiary educational institutions allow a lot of freedom, which means that you need to have self discipline and be organised in order to remain on top of your work. Make a schedule which accommodates time to study/work, exercise and to just relax, go out and have fun!
Join in: Be it hiking, photography or anything else under the sun – join a student society, group or club which attracts like minded people. This provides a nice platform for meeting new people, with the added bonus of finding people with whom you share a common interest.
Step up to the plate: This is a new and exciting time in a your life and despite the pressures, make the most of it by learning from all your experiences and enjoying every moment
Home from home: Make your new living space into your haven, but don’t break the bank. Personalise your space with photographs and a few treasured objects brought from home, and consider renting appliances such as computers, TV’s, fridges and even gaming consoles and sound systems rather than getting into credit debt.