Just starting out at Worcester University had its moments but one of the toughest was the first few days here. Let’s face it, a new environment can be a little daunting even on holiday. It’s not easy relocating to a new school or home but most people do this at least once in their life; that’s just a fact. Some people like getting away from home, and starting at a university on the other side of the country can be a good thing. This isn’t always the case for new students, and spending even just a day away from home can be more than a little scary.
A lot of people have gone through this, but there are some easy steps you can take to help you transfer into your new environment and home. Once you get into a routine everything else will become simpler. A simple phone call home can help greatly if you need someone to talk to. Hearing from a family member can work wonders, especially if you don’t have anyone to talk to immediately. Right afterwards, go out and about to the nearest town centre and explore. Just getting out and clearing your head can be incredibly helpful. Take in the sights, shops and cafes, and maybe buy something just for the fun of it.
One of the best things that happened to me the first week was Fresher’s Day. I got to meet members of the Student Union, checked out different dentists and doctors and got free promotional material (including free pizza!) The day flew by and, before I knew it, my classes were starting in a few days. Once you start getting into the assignments you won’t have time to think about anything else.
Simple little tips like these have helped me through the roughest moments when I started living in a new city. Contacting family members even for five minutes a day is another way of coping. You can always find somebody to talk to at the university, but getting out and seeing the town can be just as helpful. But honestly the best thing is for you to relax, watch a movie and drink a cup of tea. Remember, tea solves all problems!
Just give yourself a few days to settle in, talk to your friends and family and go shopping and you’ll fit right in. Honestly, it’s actually been a lot of fun staying in a different City!