Leaving the comforts of home and embarking on a new chapter of life at university can be both exciting and nerve-wracking for students. Our aim at The Global College is to ensure our students are confident and prepared as they move onto the next stage of their education. But for many people, change can have its hurdles, and moving out of home is a big step.
In this post, we’ll look at some of the key aspects to consider over the next few months as students prepare to head to university. These are also some of the issues students look at with their personal tutors during their time at the College.
Moving out: Planning is key
The idea of moving out of home and heading to university won’t come as a shock. It’s something all of our students work towards and are thinking about as they study the IB Programme. The key to easing the transitions to university life is planning:
- Plan Your Finances: Before moving out, create a budget to manage your finances effectively. Consider expenses such as accommodation, utilities, groceries, transportation, and social activities. Explore various funding options, such as scholarships, grants, or even part-time jobs, to supplement your income.
- Accommodation Options: Research and secure suitable accommodation well in advance. Universities often provide halls of residence for first-year students, offering a supportive and social environment. Alternatively, you might consider private rentals or house-sharing options.
- Practical Skills: Develop practical skills before leaving home to ensure a smoother transition. Learn basic cooking techniques, laundry procedures, and household maintenance tasks. Familiarise yourself with budgeting, banking, and online shopping. These skills will foster independence and self-reliance while minimising any initial challenges.
Settling in: Look after yourself and get involved
Once you actually arrive at your university, you should think about the following to help you settle:
- Essential Items and Packing: Make a checklist of essential items you’ll need when moving out. This includes bedding, kitchen utensils, toiletries, study materials, and clothing appropriate for different seasons. Remember to pack sentimental belongings that will make your new space feel like home.
- Social Integration: University life provides numerous opportunities to meet new people and form lasting connections. Attend orientation events, join societies, and engage in extracurricular activities aligned with your interests.
- Mental and Physical Well-being: Prioritise your mental and physical well-being throughout your university journey. Establish routines that include regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and a balanced diet. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial for academic success and overall happiness.
- Seek Academic Support: Similar to what students experience at The Global College, there are many ways to get support at university when you need it. Don’t hesitate to seek academic support if you encounter challenges. Universities often provide resources such as academic advisors, study groups, and writing centres to assist students.
- Explore the City and Surroundings: If you’re going to a new city or town, take the opportunity to explore your new surroundings.Discover nearby parks, restaurants, and landmarks. Immersing yourself in the local community will make you feel more at home and broaden your horizons.
The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. There will be times when students will miss their home comforts, family and friends. It’s important to keep in touch and maintain those friendships at home and at school too.
If you’d like to find out more about how The Global College prepares our students for university life, get in touch with us and arrange a visit.