If I Could Do It All Again
Everyone says that University is one of the best experiences of your life and in all honesty, I truly believe that. My experience could have been better especially in my third year but I learnt a lot and that is what it’s about. If I could do it all over again, I’d still go to Lincoln but I’d do a few things differently.
I never have been one for socialising and staying in with a book and a big bar of chocolate is my idea of a good night. But in my first year, my flatmates and I got on rather well and we’d always be doing things together. One of the main things I wish I’d have done is say yes a lot more. I didn’t really start going out clubbing until January of my first year so I missed out on a lot of opportunities to meet people and I never joined a club or society. In hindsight, I wish I had. Even if it was only a book club.
Another thing I wish I’d done is get out more. I never got lost in the city and always stayed in areas I knew well. Going to uni is about doing things out of your comfort zone and living on your own for the first time. You can do whatever you want and I just stayed to what I knew and what was safe. I never took a risk until it was too late and I’d left.
Starting university can be daunting but it is the perfect time to meet new people, have new experiences and have a laugh. During Fresher’s Week, everyone is out for a good time and no-one will single you out. Just because you’re a fresher doesn’t mean you’re alone. There are hundreds of others in your position and chances are if you take the chance to talk to them and even the ones who aren’t Fresher’s, you could end up with a really good friend who you can escape to when your course is getting too much or your flatmates are boring you.
If I could do it all again, I’d be less afraid. I’d get out there and do something. Don’t do what I did and keep yourself to yourself. It isn’t as fun as you’d imagine. I struck up a long lasting friendship in my first week when I was seen wearing a band hoodie. The girl spoke to me and we instantly hit it off. Something as simple as that can give you just the right conversation starter and you never know how much you’ll have in common. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or talk to the stranger stood next to you in the lunch queue. Because if you don’t, you might just regret it like I do. And look at it this way, the worst they can do is tell you to go away!