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    First years, what is the biggest stress you feel you have and/or are experiencing whilst going through first year?

    If so; why?
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    For me it's a tie between the workload (my pass mark is 50% for a reason, I just can't learn it all like I could at A Level :cry:), and managing my finances. Getting a job has helped massively with the latter.

    Is there anything you were worried about in particular?
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    All the new experiences, socialising, and making the transition from being a home bird to an independent individual. I still dont have a part time job due to anxiety
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    For me it's a tie between the workload (my pass mark is 50% for a reason, I just can't learn it all like I could at A Level :cry:), and managing my finances. Getting a job has helped massively with the latter.

    Is there anything you were worried about in particular?
    Thank you for your response
    That's completely understandable. The workload is always an unexpected weight on the shoulders when it appears and it's learning to deal with it quick - finances are also the same boat, but, pinpointing and organising that first is the key to it!

    When I started first year, my worries revolved around my finances and social life etc.
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    mines getting all the bloody information to sink in -.-
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    (Original post by JB1807)
    All the new experiences, socialising, and making the transition from being a home bird to an independent individual. I still dont have a part time job due to anxiety
    Thank you for your response
    Do not panic, those new experiences are everything university is about and those experiences will help you grow as a person. Socialising was something that scared me when I was starting first year, but it's something that sorts itself out quickly if you're willing for everything to move forward with your life.
    I was a home bird when I left university but it's surprising how quickly you settle into independent life.

    You don't neccessairly need a part time job, you'll have to see how your finances support you.
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    (Original post by JB1807)
    All the new experiences, socialising, and making the transition from being a home bird to an independent individual. I still dont have a part time job due to anxiety

    I completely understand, I have anxiety too and I have found that working at uni has helped me become more confident with my self and everything I do. I still suffer at times but give your self time I'm still working my way through it. I don't do much socialising aside from the the occasional meal or film but since being university my communication and talking to new people has improved.
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    (Original post by JustGeorgeJ)
    First years, what is the biggest stress you feel you have and/or are experiencing whilst going through first year?

    If so; why?

    I found that making new friends would be stressing as I will be with this class for the next 3 years. But my mum told me that everyone is in the same boat as you and just remember some students have moved from different countries and they have to deal everything from simple things such as learning the rules here, learning our culture and trying to adjust.
    Over time most of my stress does come from the work load but that is to be expected, but to help with that i do simple things such as lists, time schedules weekly to help me stay on top of my work and it feels very good when you finish an assignment a month before the deadline!
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    Money and gossip. The latter, I've made sure to stay out of that kind of circle - I'm the observer, not the instigator. Money - I have a real trouble with spending what I don't have. I wish I could get a job, but there's hardly anything available in Oxford.
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    I'm not a first year, but for me it was just getting used to living with others, away from home and making friends.
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    The weird workload distribution. Few weeks of nothing then BAM 3 deadlines at once. Makes for some stressful nights if you've spent the first 3 weeks procrastinating like I do.
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    Money and gossip. The latter, I've made sure to stay out of that kind of circle - I'm the observer, not the instigator. Money - I have a real trouble with spending what I don't have. I wish I could get a job, but there's hardly anything available in Oxford.
    Money - a complete common factor. Trust me, all students have a problem with spending what they don't have. You'll fit in well! Just make sure at the beginning of university and every term, you calculate exactly how much you have coming in money wise and then everything that is going to be going out and then calculate how much you have left to spend on other items etc.

    Gossip - I'd love to tell you gossip doesn't have at university but unfortunately it still does and it's just some pathetic people who can't seem to grow up. It's disgusting but, it happens. It's one of those things you can't afford. Just ignore people like that.
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    (Original post by SeanFM)
    I'm not a first year, but for me it was just getting used to living with others, away from home and making friends.
    Completely understandable one! Living with others isn't always easy. You may lucky and just have people that are easy to get along with and live with and all is fine and dandy! You may get the latter though and that isn't the best - however, they are ways to cope with it. Moving away from home, for the majority, isn't nice as they are leaving family and friends and that is difficult to adjust to if you never have before, but it does get easy for most! Making friends, I believe it's just a natural thing for people to do over their time over university but I understand it isn't always easy for people to make friends.
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    (Original post by TVIO)
    The weird workload distribution. Few weeks of nothing then BAM 3 deadlines at once. Makes for some stressful nights if you've spent the first 3 weeks procrastinating like I do.
    I agree, workload distribution can be a questionable one. Some people have a steady workload, others have a weird one like you said. It's always important to be doing ready and a steady level of work even if nothing has been said so it isn't a big shock to the system.
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    the first week was the hardest, just with settling in and meeting literally hundreds of new people, after that nothing was hard in first year.
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    (Original post by JustGeorgeJ)
    Money - a complete common factor. Trust me, all students have a problem with spending what they don't have. You'll fit in well! Just make sure at the beginning of university and every term, you calculate exactly how much you have coming in money wise and then everything that is going to be going out and then calculate how much you have left to spend on other items etc.

    Gossip - I'd love to tell you gossip doesn't have at university but unfortunately it still does and it's just some pathetic people who can't seem to grow up. It's disgusting but, it happens. It's one of those things you can't afford. Just ignore people like that.
    I'm already at uni my love! 2 years and still going on strong!
 
 
 
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