So I'm sitting here feeling pretty old, because this time three years ago I was going off down to Southampton on my own to start my three years of university. So i'm sitting here reminiscing about all the fun that I had during my time there but also how daunting it was to leave my home, leave all my friends and everything I knew behind and start a new life. If I'm honest the first few months of University I hated, I have a really close knit group of friends at home so I missed them like crazy, I missed my family and I was a little scared about my course, Its very different from being in school, the work load may not seen as much at A-levels but the standard of work was, everything had to be perfect, so waking up at 8 am to then used a shared shower, look half decent then run my way to my lectures at 9 am with a hangover... it got to me. Anyway I have come up with a Freshers list of things that I think will help you get through you first few months of university, So I hope it helps and you may see one or two things that you might find handy!!
1. A heavy duty bag, now i'm not saying take a huge back pack or a briefcase to your first day of uni but honestly you need a good sturdy bag, the amount of times I took just a hand bag with a few pens in was ridiculous, you need to carry book and other shit that the uni hand out to you on a day to day basis. Nothing from Primark either, may look alright and will hold you down but trust me.. it wont. I've chosen this Plaited Shopper with Studs from Zara £129. May seem like alot of money but it will last you and its bang on trend right now, so maybe as soon as your loan gets in have a look for something a bit more expensive that will last you!
2. Good Pair of Walking Boots - Okay I totally sounded like my mum when I wrote that anyway Summer has been and it has gone and unless you end up falling asleep outside your uni after a drunken night out, chances are you will be either walking or commuting on a bus/train your way there. The weather may be al rightish right now but as soon as it hits middle of October we all know its going down hill and there is nothing worse than walking up, looking outside your window, seeing its pissing down/snowing/minus 0 and you have to WALK to uni. Now my little trek from halls to Uni was about 20-30 minutes and if your in a rush and don't decide on the correct footwear for your journey, your royally fucked and probs pretty cold! So id recommend some black leather ankle boots, of course their on trend, especially these with the little golden studs and they can go with every outfit.
These are APOCOLYPSE Studded heavy boots from Topshop £85
3. Socialising Stuff.
If you haven't already then get yourself some speakers. Its actually so scary when you first move in and your mum and dad wave you goodbye. I think I sat on my floor , surrounded by gifts from my aunty ( she spoilt me with stuff) and cried (quietly, behind a closed door) but what I would suggest you do, is get a door stop ( defo defo defo buy a door stop ) prop your door open and play some music, therefore people can then come into your room and say hello instead of having that awkward knock
4. A Watch
Yes, I was the girl who rocked up to my first lecture late and alone and hungover ( I was hungover most of my first year) and it was embarrassing, plus i didn't get my first choice of people i thought who could be potential friends to sit next too.. it all got a bit awkward.. so yes, I would suggest get a watch, I think most people reading this will be like well duh I have my Kors/ Jacobs watch you silly bitch. But for those of you who don't, do.
5. Photos of family and friends ( yes that is me)
Being miles away from home is scary, especially if you went straight from school and have just turned eighteen, you feel like such a kid still but take a load of pictures of your friends and family and should maybe make things a little better
6. An Electric blanket, Dressing gown, Slipper socks, Heater
I can't even begin to tell you the sleepless, freezing, shaking nights I had. At university weather you be in a shared house or in halls , chances are the heating is going to be shit. At halls in the winter it was awful, especially if it broke and when i moved into my house it got even worse. So the things listed really should be number one of important things to take with you cause other wise it will be a long cold winter for you.
7. The hangover cures.
This little fella comes from Lush and basically you put him at the bottom of your shower and it releases all these smells that then clears your head and should make you feel better, I have used once or twice and I do recommend. As well as this always have unlimited paracetamol and Iron Bru ( for all those who have never had an Iron Bru the morning after.. i suggest you do.. works wonders)
Never ever miss a thing, take your camera everywhere with you. Im writing this and thinking what the hell jess you writing on a blog which other bloggers are going to read of course their going to have a camera... anyway yeah take a camera with you, even not on nights out, if your doing an arty subject you may just find stuff that inspires you. Lectures love the primary shit, so get on top of your game and take some pics!
I asked my friend Taya what she would have liked to have bought with her to freshers week and she said pride and dignity so always keep that in tact ( Naming and shaming Taya haha)
For alot of you it will be your first time away from home, your excited and you have every right too be, but always make sure your safe, that someone knows where you are ( don't be a night out wanderer) and don't feel obliged to do anything that your not comfortable doing.
Main thing is have an amazing time and even if your feeling homesick or whatever always remember you can get a train home at weekends
Enjoy it :D
from a very jealous,
Taking a trip down memory lane...
(epitome of white girl wasted)
Sorry for the fucking awful pictures.