The transition from high school to varsity is not an easy one. It’s going to be demanding, unfamiliar and sometimes it’ll make you a little bit sad. To help you with this change, we’ve given you 5 tips that’ll make your adjustment period smoother so that you can start living your best varsity life.

Stay connected

You’re going through a huge change so a little bit of familiarity will do you a lot of good. Make time to check in with your friends from high school as well as your family, if you’re living in res. You’ll find that your friends are going through changes similar to yours and so it’ll be quite comforting.

Know your way around

We know that your varsity campus is huge, so it’s a good idea to explore and know your way around. Take some time to walk around campus to find out where all the buildings, exam venues and libraries are. This will make you feel more at home at your university and you won’t struggle to find certain places when you’re writing exams or looking for a quiet place to do some reading.

Be social

They say it’s the best time of your life for a reason - being at university helps you choose the people you want to have fun with while building lasting relationships. It’s also a time to meet different people and expose yourself to all sorts of cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. There’s so much to learn and so much growing to be done when you open yourself up to meeting people and being curious. So, be social, have conversations and be open to starting new friendships.

Take care of yourself

Adjusting to the new environment and heavier workload can often lead to poor eating patterns and getting very little sleep. It doesn’t have to, though, remember you need to take care of your body and mental health first. It’s important to prioritise your wellbeing by scheduling in time to exercise, go out with friends and get as much rest as you need.

It’s okay to be homesick

Moving into res means you’re probably going to be a little homesick in the beginning, and that’s perfectly normal. Find someone you can talk to if home is too far to visit, and try to speak to your family and friends back home when you start to miss them. Remember, change isn’t always easy to deal with but you will start to develop your own routine and have a memorable varsity experience.

University and high school may seem worlds apart, but you can make the best of both these environments. You can make the most of your first year experience with the right mindset and a little bit of help from us!

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