13 Things I Learnt in my First Week at University
I only started university last week, but already, I have learnt a lot. Here are some things I picked up during my first week…
- The first thing people ask you is not your name; it’s your course.
- Therefore, you will say the name of your course at least five times a day for at least the first week.
- When you meet people with whom you have neither your course nor accommodation in common, you may say “See you later,” but never spot them again.
- No matter how much you plan ahead, you will probably end up going to the grocery store at least two days in a row.
- And that loaf of bread you buy may end up being too big, and you may have to eat sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- A campus map, no matter how much it makes you feel like a tourist, is important. And you may end up walking around with your nose buried in it.
- And if you stay on a big campus, you may walk more than you ever have before (ow, my legs…).
- Getting laundry done right the first time feels like winning the lottery.
- Same with making an edible meal without setting the fire alarm off.
- Your email inbox will flood in the first few weeks. Societies, phone companies, accommodation, societies, departmental emails, bank accounts… and did I mention societies?
- On any given day, you may have a lecture and a meeting. And the next day, you have five meetings at the same time.
- And speaking of meetings, no one reminds you of anything. It’s like the first few weeks of university come with a side of paranoia, free! (Or that may just be me…)
- And finally… you have to do everything yourself, which allows you to understand the value of a home-cooked meal.