After going through the my first ever week as a university student, I can confidently say that one of the hardest things to do in the first week is make friends.
The first week, (well for my degree anyway) there are no tutorials or anything like that, which apparently is where you make your friends at university. So there are some people who go through an entire week at university, ALONE. That sucks majorly.
So, my advice is to sit with all the loners. Make friends with people who haven’t made any friends yet and you’ll end up with a nice group of different types of people.
I noticed that most people were a bit awkward about sitting next to people in lectures. They would sit one seat away and not make any contact, and just be lonely.
The key is to sit next to people and say hi. Insta-friend right there. And even if they aren’t the type of person you would usually have as a friend, they might surprise you. Also it’s only the first week of university and you’ll meet lots of people. Don’t think that the first people you meet will be your friends and that is it for the rest of eternity.
I had a bit of advantage when I arrived at the very first lecture. I met a few people and stuck with them on my faculty day at O-Week. So when I walked up to the building that my class was at, I had someone to look for. And luckily for me, I spotted someone I knew. BAM person to sit next to in lecture.
If you don’t meet anyone at your O-Day, no worries! Just be brave and walk up to another person who looks slightly nervous and say hi. That is literally all it takes. The other person might be really thankful that someone spoke to them. BOOM insta-friend.
Another way to meet people, if they look completely lost and like they are looking for the same room as you, ask them if they are in the same class. New friend right there.
So that’s the social side..
Academically, university is hard. From the first lecture you have work to do and you are already behind. Work constantly. Your first night home from uni, even if you have already done the same subject at high school, review and study anyway. Chances are that there is a little detail that high school didn’t go over that university does. Know everything.
Especially if you are enrolled in a class that has laboratories. KNOW EVERYTHING.
Obviously that is impossible. Just try to review everything at least once so that you have some recall of it in time for your laboratory.
Housing – wise!!! I can’t really give any advice on this since I am completely awkward with all my housemates and am terrible at starting up conversations.
My housemates have lived together already for a month or so, I think. So they already are friends, and I just find it really awkward trying to break into that circle.
So instead, I leave my bedroom door open whenever I’m in there, unless I’m changing or something. That way, I (hopefully) seem like an open person who doesn’t mind if you waltz in and chat to me.
Spend time in the kitchen. Everyone hangs out in the kitchen. The kitchen is the social place to be in your sharehouse. Eventually, (I hoooooppppeeee) you’ll crack into that group. You’ll want to be friends with your housemates. Especially if you’re like me and signed a lease.
(I should be studying right now….)