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Ah! People!

by Jonnie Critchley on November 6, 2011

Dan Batty

My first encounter with university was in 2009, where I studied Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath. This ended after one year, as the course was not what I was expecting, and was therefore not the right thing for me to be pursuing.

Now, as I enter into the university system for the second time at Lancaster, I find myself in a unique position among my peers. I have already experienced the trials and tribulations of university life, and am now able to enter my first year with a degree of calmness that would not have been possible the first time around.

Now don’t get me wrong, the first week of university has always been, and will always continue to be a challenging prospect for the majority of us. Why? Because we find ourselves stripped away from our homes, our families, our comfort zones, and are thrust into an environment that tests our basic human instincts to their fullest.

We have no choice but to make a good first impression, just so we can survive the first week, let alone the rest of the year. And if, like me, you don’t have a great deal of confidence, this can be a real struggle; it’s made all the more difficult when you see others around you who seem to be having a much easier time of it.

The easy thing to do would be to succumb to these feelings, to tell yourself that the best option would be to jack it all in and never speak of the experience again. However, it is far more rewarding if you don’t let yourself be deterred.

Even if it takes a little time, everybody finds a group of people in whose company they are comfortable. So if you haven’t hit it off with your flatmates, then find people on your course, find a society (a piece of advice that I failed to follow the first time around) that you enjoy and there are bound to be like-minded people there. Your anxieties will pass and in no time at all you will be finding the whole experience as fun and rewarding as you thought it should be from the start.

This article was first published in Pendragon: Michaelmas Term Issue One (Week Four)


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