Hurrah! You’ve made it through your first week at Uni and survived any newbie initiations that you may have been subjected to with your dignity (hopefully) still intact ;)! Now comes the period of post euphoric celebration, and is to be replaced with the harsh reality that Uni isn’t all about partying but is about cracking on with some academic studies!
But fear not fellow students, learning at Uni can be fun and isn’t at all like school-learning. You have more freedom with an emphasis on independent learning. No more will you have a nagging teacher breathing down your neck which I supposed is a double-edged sword. Yes you are now free from the constraints of having your workbook checked, but it means the onus is on you to do the work. Remember you will only get out what you put in (which coincidently is the principle of energy conservation if you wanted a free fun physics fact ;)).
Physics references aside, now you’re a Uni student you now have the responsibility to look after and manage your own workload. Take a proactive approach to your studies and you’ll do well. If you are struggling then don’t hide away in shame, everyone experiences blips in all parts of their lives regardless of whether they’re at Uni or not (me included). At Manchester there is a super support network in place to help give you a guiding hand now and then to support you through difficult times. If you feel you need to chat to someone about your course or personal life, then Steph, our Student Support Adviser, will be on hand to speak with you. You can arrange an appointment via email or by calling 0161 275 3033/3781.
Uni is an exciting time and now the fun and frolics of Welcome Week are over you can start to get involved with day-to-day Uni life, which is one of life’s many great adventures! An important aspect of Uni life is inevitably your studies, but another key aspect of the Uni experience is one of self-development and self-discovery if you’ll excuse my terrible clichés. The Uni experience is both a combination of academic learning and general life skills and whilst there will most likely be some trials and tribulations to get through, rest assured it’s all part of life’s master plan to help prepare you for anything that life, the universe and everything throws at you.