Hey it’s ok: To feel homesick
In our ‘Hey It’s Ok’ series current students tackle common issues and worries you may have about life at uni.
Whether you move into student halls or a house in your first year, the whole experience of moving away from your family and living alone can be very daunting and there are a lot of things that you must learn very quickly.
Everyone feels homesick at some point and craves the familiarity of family and friends that have known you forever. But trust me, this will pass. The friends that you make and the experiences that you are going to have will help you to overcome any homesickness and you will soon learn to love the freedom that living away from home offers (you can have pot noodles for breakfast and nobody will tell you off!).
After you’ve settled in and met your new housemates, one way of fully integrating yourself into university life is to join a society or a sports club. Many of these clubs will have weekly meetings (called socials) where you will bond with many new people from both your own and other clubs. As well as being a great way of socialising and meeting new people, it also gives you the opportunity to try something you’ve never done before, and it will look brilliant on your CV.
Check out the sports and societies search to find something that you like the look of. Whether you join a club or not, you need time to settle in at your first couple of weeks. Essential equipment during this period consists of plenty of fluids, the components of a cooked breakfast, condoms (everyone should be carrying them regardless of gender), and a few packets of Lemsip for when your body tells you it has had enough!
To sum it all up, introduce yourself to everyone and make as many friends as possible and I promise that, for the rest of your life, you will reminisce about your days as a student. Good luck!