- Change of Environment.
It is always hard when it comes to adjusting into a new environment, especially as an international or first year student. You should expect to experience a different language, culture, weather, food etc. However, it is essential not to get into craze over getting everything right. Give yourself some time, and expect to get a little frustrated, but always stay positive and focused, eventually you will come to love the University life.
- Social Life
Though University is all about the academic experience, it also about the social as well. Making and investing time with colleagues and flat mates is essential for building community and sometimes positively helpful towards academics, especially when you have a friend helping you do better. However, spending too much time with friends doing social activities can be distracting, and conflicts can arise. Learn to take some time out for yourself, remember why you are here, set your goals and priorities.
- Money Management
This is an issue most of us students, especially first year students face. For many young people, University is the first time we learn to manage money. Students often try to live outside their means, spending more than is required, often due to peer pressure. Students need to understand it is okay to say “no”. If your friends want you to go on an activity with them and the only money you have left is for groceries, focus on your needs vs. wants and learn to say no.