Dealing with pre-uni nerves: All you need to know before you arrive

So you’ve got your results- great!

You’ve got a place at Essex- fantastic!

Everything has been confirmed- marvellous!

Now what?!

Now there is that long and tedious wait until term begins (and that’s not until October!). It seems to drag on forever and it is only natural that some pre-arrival nerves should make an appearance while you wait.

So how can you combat these pre-arrival nerves?

Meet your flatmates on social media before you arrive

If you’re living on campus or University managed accommodation, you will have the option to meet your flatmates on Facebook before hand.

Every accommodation has it’s own page, so if you are Harwich Court then join the Harwich Court Facebook page – you’ll be able to connect with those living in the same accommodation and also potentially meet those in the same flat.

It is a nice feeling to have already met (well virtually anyway) and gotten to know who you will be living with, which makes moving in that little bit easier.

Click on the link below to find out how to access your accommodation Facebook page http://www.essex.ac.uk/accommodation/residences/

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Homesickness: It’s gonna happen

For many people, coming to university is their first experience of living away from home. It is a big step, I’m not going to lie that the likelihood is that you’ll be homesick at some point during the start of term. Firstly,  it is common. It happens to everyone. Secondly, it is beatable. You can and will get over it.

So, if you are worried about missing home at uni, why don’t you pack some items that remind you of home? Perhaps learn a favourite family recipe? Or have a collage of favourite pictures on your wall.

Prepare yourself, Essex is coming

A great way to get rid of those nerves is to do some early preparation. Perhaps you could find out more about Colchester and the surrounding area so that you know what is available and in easy reach before you arrive.

Take a look at your department’s homepage on the university website, it’s a great way to get to know more about your course and what you’ll be doing. You could even contact you department if you have any questions and concerns about what you’ll be doing.

Look up all the different societies that are on offer at the university. Hopefully there is something for every taste and interest. From Harry Potter to Tea Appreciation, from Chinese to Vietnamese we have over 100 societies to choose from. They are a great way to meet like minded people and to indulge your passion.

The full list can be found here: https://www.essexstudent.com/societies/

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Finally, remember everyone is in the same boat

It is cliched to say that everyone is in the same situation as you, but it is true. Everyone starting at university will be nervous (even if they don’t show it). There will be plenty of “ice-breaker” opportunities in order to get to know people better, so don’t worry about making loads of plans on your own.

And if in doubt, ask questions. No really, everyone is nice and will be more than willing to help you.

Soon you too will become a pro at all things Essex! 14191847_10210569293452609_1596312415_o

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