It’s a new semester and probably a new level, especially for those who are transitioning from high school to university. It may look like a very long journey, but even a thousand-mile journey starts with one single step. There will be challenges, mistakes, and the feeling of being lost, especially in the first week of coming back or joining in, but relax, We’re here to help you. Today we are sharing common challenges that you might experience in your first week at university.
Missing Lectures: Hopefully, you are already excited about being in control of and in command of yourself, and you need to be focused on attending all of your lectures; after all, this is the primary reason for paying your tuition! Every lecture matters, both at the start and at the end, so don’t relax and think that the semester’s first lectures are minor, or you might be shocked when sitting for your first test.
Sleeping Too Much: This could be the reason you might miss lectures. As I have said, you should always understand that studying is the primary reason for you and your parents who are paying your fees, so you should set your priorities well. Use your smart phone to set alarms and reminders and to keep track of your upcoming engagements with other people.
Hiding in Your Room: This is so common for non-resident students who are not staying in university hostels. You shouldn’t be spending much time at home or on video games. As time goes on you will realize that you need to be spending most of your time at school or with fellow students around the university. The truth is that you need to make friends and to start sharing and working together through the entire course duration.
Thinking that You Need Only a Few Friends: The truth is that everyone matters in one way or another and that having a bigger network will make your life easier during your time at university. While it is wonderful having close friends, it is critical to keep a great relationship with other students who you will continue working with at the campus. There are unlimited benefits to create a hub of friends around you, this might help you to achieve your first leadership role. At last it might even lead you to your first employment position or part-time job.
Forgetting to Communicate Back Home: Joining university doesn’t mean you are no longer part of the family back at home. You will miss them as time rolls on, and you will still need their help. Utilize social media platforms like Messenger and WhatsApp, and don’t forget to call Mom and Dad to let them know how much you miss them. This will show how much you treasure them, and they will always work hard to support you through university.
Ignoring the Use of Gadgets and Techs: Learning has really changed today. You have plenty of content at your fingertips and can use your kindle or your phones to collect your notes, to do research, and to learn new tools. Don’t forget to visit the university computer lab–which is not exclusively for IT students–to learn vital programs like Microsoft Office and to learn how to use USB drives and cloud storage platforms like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox. This will help keep your crucial data safe.
Lastly, as you join university it is a great time to learn more about yourself and to transition to being a better version of yourself. Listen to feedback from your fellow students and lecturers. And, more importantly, take care of your health and well being, make sure you always have your toothpaste, wash clothes regularly, keep your hair clean and always stay clean.