As mentioned the other day people have been interested in putting guest articles on my blog.
Well below is the first article from Chris Lee, he can be contacted here: Chris.Lee@searchlaboratory.com
Below is his article, and if anyone else would like to feature any articles on the site then email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A student’s moving-out-of-home guide
Starting uni marks, for most students, the first time they’ll be living away from home. While the move can be a daunting experience, it’s also an event that marks the transition to a more independent life. This guide highlights 5 ways through which you can reduce the stress of the move, and set yourself up to have a great Fresher’s week.
#1: Only pack what you really need
Uni accommodation is usually modestly sized (to put it politely). Bringing your entire DVD collection, your favourite armchair, and 3 guitars just isn’t practical. When packing, try to whittle it down to somewhere between the bare minimum and what you think you need. This will make your room a lot less cramped, and will make it a whole lot easier to travel to and from uni when term finishes.
#2: Make sure you have the things you don’t think you really need, but actually do
Some good examples are cleaning products and coat hangers. These were the last things on my mind when I was packing for uni, but it turns out accommodation services think 2 coat hangers per student is enough, despite every student definitely owning more than 2 items of clothing. I was also mistaken when I thought that cleaning products would be provided in the communal kitchen. There are various “what to take to uni” lists floating around the internet, so have a read through a few of those, and ask any students you know what they’d recommend taking.
#3: Have a good send-off from home
This could be a big party with all your friends, or just a night at the pub with the hard-core. I opted for the latter, and it was one of the best nights out I’ve ever had. We reminisced about all the great times we’d shared over a few pints, and it definitely helped ease the anxiety that was building about moving to university. The friends you have at home will continue to be an important part of your life through university, regardless of the distance, so keep ‘em sweet
#4: Be prepared for homesickness
Though you may not expect it, homesickness has the habit of striking at least once during Fresher’s week. It can range from a fleeting feeling of missing your Mum to feeling slightly blue all week, but however strong it hits you, remember it will pass. As was mentioned previously, moving away is a huge milestone in your life, and while there are plenty of distractions when you first arrive at uni, it’s natural to sometimes miss the life you’re used to.
#5: Keep your door open
Once you and your stuff are comfortably settled, you can begin focusing on what really matters: enjoying the uni experience. A great way to meet people in the first few days is to spend time in the communal areas, or failing that, to prop your door open with an open crate of beer. This will break the ice with your flatmates and put things off to a good start.
I’m coming to the end of my degree now, and am starting to look for flats to rent in Leeds. The transition to non-student housing after 4 years will be an interesting one, so hopefully someone’s written a similar guide to this that will help me out!