Whether you are starting university for the first time, or coming back for another degree, it can be both an exciting but nerve-wracking experience!
As your Students’ Union Adviser, I’ve put together my top tips for you – if want to talk anything through or simply have somebody to sit and listen, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with me.
1. Get connected
Welcome week is a great time to meet new people. But if you don’t make friends immediately, don’t worry as you will have plenty of opportunities throughout the course. ARU Students’ Union organises supports students in running all sorts of events and activities throughout the year (and we can't wait to replicate these online!) which will give you an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy yourself – got ideas for what we can help you run? Let us know.
2. Study hard
During the first few weeks, it might be overwhelming to go through all of the course materials on top of your day-to-day responsibilities. But don’t worry, as things will settle down and you will be able to get yourself organised and understand things better. It might be a good idea to buddy up with your course mates so that you can support each other. For those who struggle with English as a language and Academic Writing, there are Academic Mentors at University who will be very happy to help and support you. So don’t panic and reach out for help whenever you need.
3. Keep an eye on the time
This is definitely an exciting time for you and it would seem like you have plenty of things to do. So getting yourself organised as early as possible will give you the opportunity to experience everything without feeling too stressed. Use a calendar and a checklist so that you can tick off the tasks that you have completed. Prioritise your activities and daily tasks so that you don’t miss out on the most important ones.
4. Look out for number 1 (you!)
With everything that is going on during your academic term, it is very important that you make time to take care of yourself. Make sure to reward yourself as often as possible so that you can do things that you enjoy. Also it is very important to get plenty of rest as you will need a lot of energy to get you through all your tasks during the day, particularly for those with jobs, children, or other caring responsibilities– it can be exhausting!
5. Ask for help
The Students’ Union and University provide many support services for students such as Advice, Wellbeing, Welfare, Academic Support, Counselling and much more. So please feel free to use these services. There is also guidance available on careers for example preparing your CV and facing interviews so if this sounds helpful, drop an email to your Employability Team or icentre and they can help you make a virtua appointment. At ARU London, whether on site or online, you are never on your own!
If you require more information on how to access these services please contact the iCentre or the Student Union
Good luck! We are really excited to meet you – make sure you like our facebook page and follow us on Instagram!