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Almost Finished High School - June 19th 2009, 12:20 AM

Man, it seems like just yesterday that I was staring off my first year in high school, and now its over. Time really does fly.
I've been getting ready to go to university and I'm a bit nervous, but I'm also quite excited, this is the first time I'll be living away from home.
Anyone have any tips for someone who's taking the next step?
   
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Re: Almost Finished High School - June 19th 2009, 03:46 AM

You'll want to get all of the supplies you need, both the academic ones and living ones. The university may provide a mattress but you'll probably need sheets, pillows, mattress protector, computer, printer, printer paper, etc... . If you'd want to stay in contact, you could use Skype or something similar to it. It uses the Internet, so it cuts down on the phone bill and Skype can be for free.

For the academic supplies, don't buy it on campus. It's cheaper pretty much anywhere else (the books you can try to buy used but be careful for those), with the exception of not having some fancy design. I use the bookstore simply for buying books and for an emergency, such as not having enough pens or pencils before class, needing some water or some other drink or snack, etc... .

Your roommate(s) is a toss-up, you may or may not like them, unless you're living in an apartment or manage to be lucky enough and get a 1-person on-campus room.

For your courses, make friends. These can be useful for study groups for all the years you're studying. Also, be acquanted with the professors. Many will be willing to help you out, a few may be unfriendly. Try to learn what their research and specialties are as they may end up being something you're interested in and they may be professors for other courses.

The joining of clubs, it's up to you. I joined the clubs for biology, psychology and chemistry + physics (same club) and browsed around others. Up to you for that. There's probably a pub or bar near or on campus. Up to you if you want to go there. I use it simply for the washroom and as a meeting location but don't drink nor buy the very over-priced food there.
   
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Re: Almost Finished High School - June 19th 2009, 11:13 PM

It is true time does fly by so fast! I have just basically finished my first year at uni and it has gone so fast!! So be prepared for uni just flying by as well and make the most of it.

I remember last year when I went to uni I felt similar to you. It is a really exciting experience but at the same time it does make you feel nervous and you do worry about things. It will be a huge change for you to move away from home to somewhere where you won't know and you won't know anyone else. But it means making lots of new friends and meeting lots of fun people.

I would say get involved in lots during freshers week and then you should meet lots of new people. Everyone will be friendly and wanting to make friends and remember that everyone is in the same boat and won't know anyone either.

If you want to know anything at all then feel free to ask me. Good luck :-)
   
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