You underestimate how much spare time you have.
Coming from school where I had to be in from 8:30-15:00 Monday to Friday you don’t realise how much spare time you have at uni. When most people have around only 20 hour weeks you have a lot of spare time compared to when you were in school. This is especially the case when you live on campus and lectures are less than a 15 minute walk from where you live. This gives you a lot of time to ignore doing work and watch Netflix but also get involved with as much as possible.
How easy it is to make friends for life.
When you’re going to uni you don’t realise how close you will get to the people you meet on the first day. Unlike when you’re at home, your friends are around you literally 24/7 and everyone you know is always within walking distance from you. Relating to my point above, we have so much time at uni most of it is just talking in the kitchen or watching Jaime’s 15 minute meals if you have a TV (a great show but we never actually made anything from it). You get to learn so much about people in such a short space of time and become friends for life.
Loughborough is not north.
Loughborough is like the last kid picked for football, not wanted by either the north or south so it’s just classed as The Midlands. As I am from London I naively think that anything outside the M25 is classified as north. Coming to Loughborough I believed that I would meet so many people from the north. Oh how wrong was I as most of the people here are from Southern England, though there is a strong northern contingent at Loughborough.
Don’t be stressed about money in the first few weeks.
I came to uni thinking that I could budget from the first week. While it’s possible to, as you go along it becomes basically impossible in the first month or so. Between buying things that you didn’t realise you would need and the chaos that is freshers week, you don’t really fall into a routine until late October. My advice is don’t worry too much about how much you’re spending in the first few weeks and focus on having a good time. If you are low on cash there are lots of jobs available in Loughborough.
The return of the importance Facebook.
I’m not the most up to date person when it comes to social media and when I was coming to uni I hardly used Facebook, however at Loughborough it’s hard to function without it. Whether it’s for group work, hall business or horrendous pictures from the night before, Facebook is always being used for one thing or another.There are many more things I could have put as uni is just one big learning curve. If you have any questions or problems don’t hesitate to either message me directly or message the hall page. You’re in for a great 3 years so enjoy it!
Ako – Ex Hall Chair