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Jack Cosens
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Hi,

I’m not sure if this is the right category so forgive me if I got it wrong. I am currently a first year Sixth form student looking at going into a Computer Science/Software Development sector at university - however I’m a little bit of a ‘panicker’ for no better term to describe it and would like to get a few tips for when the inevitable comes.

I’m excited to move away (where I live my prospects don’t really align with my interests) however it would be my first ‘living away from home’ experience (like many others I expect).

Do any previous or current students have any tips and tricks that they wished they knew on their first day? Whether that be things to have in your accommodation or socialization and organization tips, both ears are open!

Many thanks 😃
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Say yes, just go do things.
Try a sport or a society you cannot do outside of uni.
Go out have fun and still make a 9am with zero sleep.
Apply for internships early.
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Hi,

I’m not sure if this is the right category so forgive me if I got it wrong. I am currently a first year Sixth form student looking at going into a Computer Science/Software Development sector at university - however I’m a little bit of a ‘panicker’ for no better term to describe it and would like to get a few tips for when the inevitable comes.

I’m excited to move away (where I live my prospects don’t really align with my interests) however it would be my first ‘living away from home’ experience (like many others I expect).

Do any previous or current students have any tips and tricks that they wished they knew on their first day? Whether that be things to have in your accommodation or socialization and organization tips, both ears are open!

Many thanks 😃
Hi Jack,

Whilst there is no 'one stop shop' for tips for university there is a website - https://www.savethestudent.org/ that can be really helpful.

They have lots of blogs about university from saving money to accommodation and everything else.

I would take a look at this website if you are prepping for university!

Patrick :lep:
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Hi,

I’m not sure if this is the right category so forgive me if I got it wrong. I am currently a first year Sixth form student looking at going into a Computer Science/Software Development sector at university - however I’m a little bit of a ‘panicker’ for no better term to describe it and would like to get a few tips for when the inevitable comes.

I’m excited to move away (where I live my prospects don’t really align with my interests) however it would be my first ‘living away from home’ experience (like many others I expect).

Do any previous or current students have any tips and tricks that they wished they knew on their first day? Whether that be things to have in your accommodation or socialization and organization tips, both ears are open!

Many thanks 😃
I'm in the exact same situation, if there's any more tips it would be good to know! I'm sure there are lots of people who have been in the same boat, so we'll be fine
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(Original post by Jack Cosens)
Hi,

I’m not sure if this is the right category so forgive me if I got it wrong. I am currently a first year Sixth form student looking at going into a Computer Science/Software Development sector at university - however I’m a little bit of a ‘panicker’ for no better term to describe it and would like to get a few tips for when the inevitable comes.

I’m excited to move away (where I live my prospects don’t really align with my interests) however it would be my first ‘living away from home’ experience (like many others I expect).

Do any previous or current students have any tips and tricks that they wished they knew on their first day? Whether that be things to have in your accommodation or socialization and organization tips, both ears are open!

Many thanks 😃
Hey,

My best advise would be enjoy your time but don't feel pressured to do anything that you wouldn't do on your or by your own will.
Also when living away from home, finances can sometimes be a challenge so some great financial tips are to create a budget, try to get into savings and saving money if you have any extra money and live below your means because sometimes we go all out mainly after people receive their student finance then end up in a place where they run out of money.

All the best
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(Original post by Jack Cosens)
Hi,

I’m not sure if this is the right category so forgive me if I got it wrong. I am currently a first year Sixth form student looking at going into a Computer Science/Software Development sector at university - however I’m a little bit of a ‘panicker’ for no better term to describe it and would like to get a few tips for when the inevitable comes.

I’m excited to move away (where I live my prospects don’t really align with my interests) however it would be my first ‘living away from home’ experience (like many others I expect).

Do any previous or current students have any tips and tricks that they wished they knew on their first day? Whether that be things to have in your accommodation or socialization and organization tips, both ears are open!

Many thanks 😃
Hi Jack Cosens
Firstly, remember that (almost) everyone is in the same boat and will be nervous too. In terms of socialising, try and connect with your flat on social media before you go to uni (at UEA there were facebook groups for accommodation). On the first day, keep your door open and try to meet everyone you are sharing with. For me it was worth pushing myself out of my comfort zone and knocking on other people's doors to try and get to know them. Also, try out some clubs and societies, either something you've done before or something completely new- it's easier to try things at the start of term, but clubs and societies are generally welcoming all year round.

Secondly, if you have welcome lectures in the first week go to them. I met people on my course in those lectures and then you have someone you recognise and can sit with when your regular lectures start. Try and decide how you are going to take lecture/seminar notes before you start so that they are all in one place and easy to access. If you are confused by or don't understand a certain topic or lecture, ask someone to help you, whether that be another student or your lecturer/ seminar leader.

Lastly, don't feel too much pressure to make friends and find activities you enjoy straight away. If you are putting in effort then things will fall into place.

Hope this helps- let us know if you have any other questions
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Hi,

I’m not sure if this is the right category so forgive me if I got it wrong. I am currently a first year Sixth form student looking at going into a Computer Science/Software Development sector at university - however I’m a little bit of a ‘panicker’ for no better term to describe it and would like to get a few tips for when the inevitable comes.

I’m excited to move away (where I live my prospects don’t really align with my interests) however it would be my first ‘living away from home’ experience (like many others I expect).

Do any previous or current students have any tips and tricks that they wished they knew on their first day? Whether that be things to have in your accommodation or socialization and organization tips, both ears are open!

Many thanks 😃
Hi Jack Cosens

On the first day everyone will usually be a little nervous. I think the best thing to do is try and introduce your self to your course mates and flat mates. Once you get to know a few people it becomes less nerve wracking.

I would also say make the most of first year as this is when you have the most free time, so join different societies, clubs and take part in any extracurricular activities that interest you, as these are all great ways of meeting new people and trying out new things.

I didn’t discover a lot of things until my third year, from academic help offered to part time jobs the university has. So, you could try and find out more about what your uni offers

And lastly, I would recommend getting a diary, to keep organised. Also if you decide to hand write your notes a folder is really helpful so you can keep everything in one place.

I hope this helps, and feel free to ask me any other questions you may have. Good luck!

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