16 August 2017
Moving to the UK to pursue an undergraduate degree was one of the biggest decisions I had ever made.
I was nervous about experiencing a different culture entirely but my worries soon disappeared as was able to quickly adapt into my new surroundings. Living in campus accommodation really helped me as I was able to meet lots of new people.
The first few weeks of university are some of the most interesting days I’ve had in my life. It was a time for learning and new experiences. ARU is such a diverse and multicultural place, and the people I met on campus each gave me a feel of what their home country was like. I enjoyed sharing these experiences as it widened my horizon of what the world was like. As an international student, I chose a university abroad for a better education, as well as an amazing experience to socialise and discover different cultures. I was nervous meeting new people at first, but everyone was really friendly and open to meeting other people as well.
Somehow during those first weeks, I always forgot to feed myself till it was the end of the day and I was left wondering, 'Why do I feel so drained ?' Remember to feed yourself! I know you can easily get carried away because you're so busy trying to adapt into this new environment but your physical and mental health are the most important.
Those first few weeks I learned to get around campus more easily. Even when I got lost there were always staff members around to direct me to my next class.
After class, I would always have time for leisure and enjoy myself with my peers, Living in student accommodation made interaction with other students easier, as we often found ourselves going out to Freshers' events together. I had a grand time partying in places like the city centre or going to the park during the day.
The biggest challenge of living on my own during that first month was to figure out my eating schedule, while simultaneously maintaining a social life and my studies. It helped me experiment what was best for me and figure out how I want to go about achieving it.
That first month I was able to meet my lectures and tutors and learn what was expected of me in order to achieve the most during my time at university. I was also presented with lots of extra-curricular activities, such as sports and societies. I tried to get involved with as many campus activities as I could. I also enjoyed all the Freshers' fair activities that were present throughout the month to accommodate the latecomers as well.
All in all, that first month was a month fit for experiences. Everything was new to me, but I was able to make the most of it by keeping an open mind.