What could your first year at university mean for you? Is it your first year in a new place, first contact with new people, new “home”, new lifestyle, new daily routine? Or maybe you’re coming out of your comfort zone to start a new chapter in your life? Whether you’re excited or nervous for the year ahead, here’s why it’s important to make the most of your first year at uni.
If you have free time this weekend and want to explore a nearby city, I believe Cheltenham is the right choice for you. Cheltenham is a lovely spa town, situated about 30 minutes away from Worcester, which boasts magnificent architecture and lots of exciting things to do with your free time (exploring, sightseeing, shopping).
If you haven’t had any experience in living on your own, moving away from your parents for university can seem scary. But it can also be one of the most exciting times of your life. Living in halls of residence is a great way to gain independence, learn life skills and make new friends. Here are my experiences of moving away from my parents for uni.
Conferences are one of the big changes that differentiates postgrad life from that of undergrad. As your research gets more tailored and specialised, going to conferences becomes an essential and fun activity. It is here that you get to really discuss your research and interact with peers and everyone is in the same boat. Conferences often have several talks so you can select which ones you go to, with rest breaks in between to network and enjoy a snack!
Starting university is a huge milestone for all new students. At sixth form, you had the luxury of home cooked meals, your parents doing your laundry and not spending money on rent. When you move to uni, you’ll quickly learn how to be independent and fend for yourself. Adjusting to university life can be challenging in the first few weeks, but you’ll gain confidence and life skills that will last throughout your degree. Here are the 4 things I’m glad I did before starting university.
A few weeks ago, we met 3 students completing work experience in Spain as part of the STRIVE scheme. Abigail, Caitlin and Jordan, who are spending 4 weeks work experience in Santa Coloma primary schools, have updated us on their experience. The students will be sharing their journey from 20th May to 20th June 2018 in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona, Spain.
Thinking about whether university is going to be the right choice for you? Open Days are a fantastic way to have an in-depth look around at a university and see what it’s like. It’s useful to see the campus and city away from the pictures featured in websites and prospectuses. Although everyone wants something slightly different from university, I’ve put together a handy list of things to look for on an Open Day!
After the end of the semester, many students stay in Worcester a bit longer for the start of the summer break. Don’t know what to do with all your free time now exams are over? If you want to relax with your mates or try something different, you can kick off your break with some great local events.