Surviving Your First Year

By Nosisa Bodoza

University is not a child’s play. It is a new environment, and when entering it for the first time, you may feel nervous and wonder if you are even prepared for this transition and new change. All nervous and anxious feelings combined, are normal and as time goes by, you will adjust to the environment and eventually get the hang of things and maybe even have a glorious adventure.

There are so many things one can expect as a first-year student. Like independence, something some have never experienced. Unlike high school where teachers guarantee that work is completed with the purpose of accomplishing a fundamental level of instruction, lecturers provide you with a wonderful skill set to investigate your work and do it to the best of your ability. Along with independence, comes decision making, and a lot of decision making includes money, budgeting, prioritizing, and saving.

After becoming comfortable with your new situation, you will need to acclimate to new environmental factors and identify with new individuals. Your companions will differ, sometimes even completely from your friends, family, and acquaintances from home. Living in a student accommodation means you may share a room with someone you do not know, another challenge that can be overcome with understanding and patience. Sharing a living space can sometimes prove difficult.

You will always need to be on top of your game. Although you finally have freedom, never forget the main purpose of your education. Manage your time effectively. Find a balance between your academics and social life. Have a planner to keep track of your work and ensure that you have your tasks done in a convenient way and try to avoid procrastination. Remember that you are not alone, always seek for help if you are struggling

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