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Hi everyone I'm wanting to move away from home for the first time to university of Leeds and I was wondering if their was anyway to get over the nerves of moving away??
Original post by monkeypandagal
Hi everyone I'm wanting to move away from home for the first time to university of Leeds and I was wondering if their was anyway to get over the nerves of moving away??

Hello,

First of all, congratulations! I totally get the nerves that come with moving away, but sometimes, you gotta dive in. When I moved out of the country, I had all sorts of emotions, from nervousness to excitement. It's like a roller coaster ride, but you know what?
Things have a way of falling into place. I did not overthink it; I just did it. I focused on meeting new people, making friendships, and learning new things. Looking back, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Change can be nerve-wracking, but it gives you a chance to grow personally.
So, my advice? Embrace the nerves, let the excitement fuel you, and trust that things will work out. You're about to get on a journey of self-discovery, and it will be amazing.

Best of luck and cheers!
MSc International Business Student.
Original post by monkeypandagal
Hi everyone I'm wanting to move away from home for the first time to university of Leeds and I was wondering if their was anyway to get over the nerves of moving away??

@monkeypandagal

It's completely normal to feel nervous about moving away for university, and moving to a city can feel daunting!

If you are already from a big city, then I don't think you'll find Leeds too different. I am originally from London and when I visited Leeds for the first time I felt like I was back in London because it was so busy, multicultural and full of places to shop and cool places to eat. If you are not from a city then it might feel overwhelming, but there will be lots of people moving away from home and going to university and trying to find their way around a new city. It will likely be a way that you bond with other students as you navigate the best places to get coffee, breakfast, brunch etc...I am sure you will be surprised at how quickly you get used to living in a new place you just need to give it time.

I think the more you think about the positive things about moving away, then the more those nervous feelings will turn into excitement : ) so don't panic!

All the best,

Oluwatosin 3rd year student University of Huddersfield
Hey there!

Moving away from home for the first time can undoubtedly be nerve-wracking. I've been in your shoes and I can tell you it's normal to feel this way. It's a big step, but it's also an exciting new chapter full of opportunities. Try to focus on the positive aspects of this experience - the new people you'll meet, the independence you'll gain, and the memories you'll make. Reach out to current students or alumni from the University of Leeds to get a sense of what campus life is like, which can help ease your nerves.

Take care,
Ilya :smile:
Original post by monkeypandagal
Hi everyone I'm wanting to move away from home for the first time to university of Leeds and I was wondering if their was anyway to get over the nerves of moving away??

Hi @monkeypandagal ,

Moving away from home for the first time can be really daunting and I definitely felt like this before I moved to uni!

Here are some tips that I think helped me settle into university:

if you can, try and visit the city before hand with friends or family so that you have a bit of a feel for the city and when you first move in it won't be completely new. This helped settle my nerves as I had already visited so it wasn't as scary for me.


Bring lots of things to make your room feel more homely and more like your space at home! Having lots of photos etc around my room made me feel a lot more settled and it was just really nice to have lots of reminders of home in my room.


FaceTime friends and family! I did this in my first few weeks as it helped settle my nerves without me actually going home. I was able to talk to them about any problems or worries I had or ask for advice so this was really helpful to me.


Try and socialise with your flatmates as much as possible. It can feel quite daunting living with new people but most people are just happy to be at uni and making friends so the more you try and talk to them in the first few weeks the better! Also, I would say don't be discouraged if you don't instantly becomes best friends. It can take a while for friendships to form and these may not be with the first people you meet so don't let this upset you.


Attend the Uni events in the first week! Freshers fairs, welcome meetings and if your course puts on any introductory sessions, I would highly recommend you going to them! You may meet new people here, especially if there is an event for your course and it's a good way to easy any worries you may have about your course/course mates. It's also just a good way to get your head around where the uni buildings are and give you a feel for the university.


I hope this helps and good luck!

Lucy -SHU student ambassador.
Original post by monkeypandagal
Hi everyone I'm wanting to move away from home for the first time to university of Leeds and I was wondering if their was anyway to get over the nerves of moving away??

Hi @monkeypandagal,

Moving away from home for the first time can be very daunting! I felt this when I first moved to university, and again more recently when I left to study abroad. Just remember that loads of people are feeling the same way, and it is totally normal to feel nervous.

Sometimes the nerves overwhelm me, as they can do with anyone, but I like to think of it as something new and exciting. I loved the independence I gained from moving away from home and to an entirely new place. It allowed me to flourish, get to know myself better, and find my people, and I wouldn't trade that experience for the world.

My best advice would be to embrace everything you are feeling, but there are also a few things you can do to prepare yourself if you are feeling extra nervous:

Do some research on places in the city you'd like to visit, local activities, and shops you'd like to go to. This way, you can become a little more familiar with the city and have some things to do when you arrive.


See if you can find people who will be living in your accommodation online. My university had a Fresher's Facebook page where people could create group chats for different accommodations - it was nice to get familiar with names and faces before arriving!


Are there any sports and societies you're interested in? Part-time work or volunteering? I personally find that keeping busy helps me to settle in faster and find people with common interests.


Bring a little bit of home with you - think of what you could do to make your dorm more like home. I brought pictures, plants/flowers, and fairy lights which made my room feel really cozy!


I hope this helps and best of luck,

Isabella
Third-year Geography with a Year Abroad Student
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