Ask Angel – First Year Fears

I might be living on campus when I go to university. I’m nervous to be on my own. How will I manage everything in a new setting alone? – Anonymous

Hi Anonymous,

Let me start off by saying that you are going to manage everything just fine. Living on campus and going off alone can be scary!  But, it also can be a lot of fun (and totally manageable if you’re willing to put in the work!).  If you’re worried about having to manage things on your own, I’ve got a few simple tips that should help. 

First and foremost – if you know anyone that’s gone away, try talking to them about it. They’ll likely be able to give you some advice and insight. In fact, talk to as many adults that have gone away to university, as possible. They’ll all have had different experiences and it’s better to hear more than one or two opinions. 

Number two – this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but many universities are now creating Instagram accounts to bring future students together. Oftentimes, loneliness only adds to student stress. Due to this, some may find it helpful to get to know people before they get there. 

Number three, an obvious one – plan ahead. Don’t avoid your responsibilities for next year because they give you anxiety, this will only make things worse. Make lists of items you need to buy for next year, sign up for residency if you haven’t yet and that’s an option for you already, discuss travelling measures with your parents, etc. The truth is, there’s a lot to prepare for, but if you don’t procrastinate it all, you should be fine. Many students are concerned about the workload difference from high school to university, and this is something that can be prepared for as well. Creating a strong work ethic now, by essentially just managing your time well, can help make next year’s workload not feel so overwhelming. I suggest purchasing a calendar, writing your assignment and test dates down may help in keeping you on top of them. 

And finally, keep in touch with your family. If you have a good connection with your family, they may be able to provide you with some support, and in that case, come back to see them as often as you’re able to. I’m sure you’re gonna do great next year, you got this!