Starting University is an exciting new chapter in your life but some simply can’t help but feel anxious at the thought of this new found freedom. Fear not, College of Arts and Humanities student Chelsea has comprised a list of essential advice to help you fight the fear and find the fun.

The Fear

A major factor preventing many students from making the most out of student life is the fear. As humans we often fear the unknown or that which we don’t understand. However, when you break down the idea of university you will begin to realise that it’s not as new and scary as you first thought. Arguably, the fear derives from the fact that this is a new place with new people and you feel like a bit of a fish out of water. Then again, you felt this way on your first day of school, your first day of sixth form/college and you’ll probably feel it on your first day of your new job as a graduate – fear is normal. Acknowledging that this fear is familiar is essential in conquering it and ensuring that you don’t miss out on making some of the best memories of your life.

As well as this, the things that are scary and new now will be the norm before you know it. This time next year you’ll be able to look back on a year full of memories and wonder 'what was it that I was so worried about?'

Ultimately, everyone feels the same way you do, you’re not alone. Eventually you’ll be able to say that you’ve been there, done that and bought the Freshbook T-shirt!

Chelsea Jones-Morris 2The Friends

Whether you’re living on campus or at home, university is a great place to make friends that will last a lifetime. All you have to do is put yourself out there!

It may seem like it’s easier for those living on campus to make friends but societies and clubs are a great way for those living on or off campus to meet people with similar personalities and interests.

There’s a society for everyone and it’s in these places that you may find people just like you. The main thing is that you are open to developping new friendships.

Pictured: Chelsea Jones-Morris with Lauren Evans.

The Future

Ultimately, there’s a reason why you’re at university – whether that be a strong passion for a subject or future career prospects, one thing is certain, university can open doors. Graduating may seem like its years away if you’re a fresher, but there will come a day where you will be released into the world of work and it’s crucial that you’re prepared.

The best way to do this is to take as many opportunities as you can during your time at University, especially in your first year. As a student here, I can assure you that Swansea is a great University for ensuring the employability of its graduates by supplying them with many exciting opportunities during their degree. If you’re offered one of these opportunities – take it! If an opportunity doesn’t get handed to you – go out and look for it!

The ball is in your court. There are a number of amazing chances offered to students at Swansea such as SPIN Placements, Internships and occasionally even summer jobs! It’s down to you to make the most out of these!

The Fun

The final tip that I would give to Freshers would be, have fun. Enjoy your degree. It’s going to be hard but your passion for a subject will make all of the hard work worth it. Have fun in clubs and societies, and enjoy meeting new friends because these people will be with you every step of the way. Basically, make the most out of it because these could be some of the best years of your life!