Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year again. The time when we start waking up at 6 am to go to school or uni. And I know that all the new uni students are going on their first day expecting what could only be “too much” out of the whole experience. I am not here to ruin your university-life dreams; I just want to let you know what you’re walking into. As for someone who was sure she will be meeting the love of her life in the first two minutes of uni, I wish someone would have told me I was being dramatic.
The First Day:
The first day of university is all about being confused and lost. To be honest, I almost cried trying to find the room I would be taking my first lecture at. You go around asking everyone you meet and they mislead you, although they know the building -but whatever. You try to socialize and get to know people and you sometimes succeed. I did get to know a nice girl, but we never talked again. So don’t be worried if you didn’t make friends easily or swiftly. It’s okay; you will know everyone eventually so just give it time.
What To Expect from the Experience:
1. Once you step foot, your professors start treating you as an adult, so when they assign you something, you have to do it. You have to do your research and figure things out on your own too.
2. It is not anything like school, so don’t get anxious about going without someone you know by your side.
3. You will simultaneously feel like you know no one but familiar with everyone. Simply because it’s a huge number of students, you kind of know how they look but don’t actually know anything about them.
4. You will definitely feel weird and scared about what you are studying at first but that’s normal because it’s a whole new chapter in your life.
5. If you took a gap year/semester you might find it hard to remember how you used to study. It’s okay, don’t panic, we all went through this. Spoiler alert: It passes.
6. You might get a little bit careless about your lectures and attending them, that’s fine too as long as you can catch up on your studying on your own. And don’t have attendance grades of course.
7. You will definitely get out of your comfort zone, because uni is all about presentations and group projects. At some point you will have to socialize and I believe it will prove to be really helpful!
So I’m sorry to disappoint you but there is no “Laylo laylo” or “Tarek kabo”. I know I was shocked too! Eventually, whatever happens is okay and it will be the time of your life, because you made it and you’re studying the thing you’re passionate about! And although I am not that experienced in uni-life, I have a feeling that those four years of my life will change me and I won’t be getting out of there the same person I was. So buckle up, and get ready to mature, make friends, get stressed and creative, cry and submit your assignments last minute, have fun and discover yourself all over again.