Friendships for life?

Libby is a 20 year old student from Ipswich, studying English Literature & Media Studies at the University of Sussex. Libby is on an internship with Student Life, as she wanted to gain experience on a magazine, as well as flaunt her love of writing.

university friends, ipswich, university of suffolk

Results day has been and gone, which means the countdown has finally begun. ‘Back to school’ is looming, and whether you’re heading to a new school, college or going to university for the first time, there are plenty of mixed emotions you’ll be experiencing. 

It’s always daunting moving to, or getting to know a new area, but it’s important to go in with a positive attitude, and it won’t be as scary as you think. Being in a new environment should be exciting, so make sure to do your research so you know your whereabouts; you can then find out the best places to go. It’ll then come with a lot of freedom and a chance for new beginnings.

Here’s a few tips you should also remember. 

• First, don’t panic. It’s easier said than done, but it’s better to get excited about the new adventure than ponder on the negatives. 

• This one will only apply if you’re moving away from home, but buy a door stop. It sounds silly but it’s super simple. Having your door open will allow you and your house mates to be more communal. 

• Try to be open minded and meet as many people as you can. Join clubs and make the most of Freshers’ Week. You may have to leave your comfort zone a few times, but it’ll pay off in the end, and give you a chance to meet a lot more people. 

• As well as that, social media is great nowadays, so use it to your hearts content. Follow the Twitter and Instagram sites that are on offer, and check out the Facebook pages too. You’ll soon be chatting with your future flat mates, and even the people on your course.

• Then, the best thing you can do... Be yourself. 

It’s important to remember that everyone is in the same position as you. Just because some people hide it better than others; in reality, everyone is feeling the same. Also remember, there is always someone to talk to. Whether it is a new school, college or university, there are so many advisers to help you along the way. Most significantly, have fun, enjoy the next chapter, and everything else will fall into place.