How to survive your first year of uni

by Sienna Boys

Your first year on campus can be intimidating and a massive challenge. It’s full of new people, new classes and new locations. But don’t fret. Uni will be some of the best times of your life.

Here are my tips that will help you ease into your first year at uni.

Find your way

One of the most stressful parts of your first week of university is getting lost – but remember it happens to everyone! A great way to combat this is to ask for a map of the campus and if you do get lost, ask for help!

Start with the main buildings such as the library, your classrooms, computer labs and the dining halls. Once you’re ready to explore, you will find everything from gyms to sporting grounds.

Read your Subject Outlines

For each subject you will be given a course outline, which will tell you all your readings and assignments for your session. Going through it prior ensures there won’t be any surprises down the track. Make sure to plan and know when things are due too.

Your highlighter is your best friend

Whether you note take with paper or your laptop, your notes are your best friend for your studies. They should have structure and allow you to remember what you need most. This can be done via your trusty highlighter and colour coded points.

And remember to review your notes and repeat – repetition is key!

Study Groups

If you are like me, getting together with a group of like-minded enthusiastic peers and studying collaboratively can make studying a little more interesting and less daunting.

It’s both an excuse to leave the house but also to get extra support where you can ask questions about content you are learning.

Have a planner or diary

A planner or diary is essential. It’s up to you to keep track of all your assignment deadlines and exam dates.

Whether it’s an app, a diary or a piece of paper on your wall, have a calendar you can add all your assignments onto. Check it weekly and don’t leave your assignments to the last minute.

Get involved on your campus

Being social at uni is very important and will keep you healthy. Have a look around and joining clubs and attend campus events. It’s also a great way to settle in as a first-year student, make friends and even add to your resumé.

Look for clubs or activities that align with your interests, values or your degree such as helping out at the campus gym if you’re studying sport science.

Make a weekly budget

If you’re now financially independent from your parents, either working part-time or living off a scholarship, it’s important to manage your finances responsibly.

Make a weekly budget so you don’t accidentally spend all your income in the first semester.

Like any big changes in life, adjusting to this transition is going to be both exciting and difficult. Remember to be kind to yourself, surround yourself with supportive friends, and ask for help when you need it.