Getting started at University
Starting university can be quite daunting so it’s a good idea to prepare yourself in advance to make the process of settling in as smooth as it can be :)) So here are my top 5 tips of things to do at the start when you arrive!
Look at your timetable and sort out a routine
I highly recommend doing this as it makes everything so much easier to plan and helps you keep on track of assignments and lectures. Learning to budget time can make the whole experience a lot less stressful and also makes it less likely for you to end up submitting everything two minutes before the deadline. Being on schedule can really help organise the time you spend on assignments and modules and also helps you see when you’re free for other things!
Don’t be scared to say hi!
Honestly, everyone is on the same boat here so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with someone you’ve never met. Talk to the people in your accommodation block, if you’re in catered accommodation, speak to the other people while queuing for food and maybe eat with them after! Join societies too – another great place to meet more people in general :)) Also talk to the people in your classes! Having people to do work with is always nice, so try talking to the people before or after class maybe?
Find out what websites, resources you’ll be using
At the start of university, I remember being quite disorganised because I had no clue what we were using where. There were so many platforms including Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Piazza and Discussion boards. So, it might be a good idea to familiarise yourself with what platform is being used where and when (maybe add this to your timetable?). Especially with things being hybrid, it’s essential to know what is happening where. Also, it might be a good idea to look around LEARN and find where all your lectures are (if they are online) and other resources to do with your modules.
Get to know the city
Edinburgh is a gorgeous city and there’s so much to explore! But I highly recommend exploring your local area for a start, so you know where your nearest shops are and what’s around your accommodation. (Also remember to sign up to your GP!) I personally really loved just going on walks to different places, especially since everywhere is very walkable. (The coffee shops are also so pretty!)
Try something new
Trying something out of your comfort zone might be a nice way to meet people and do something different too! Who knows, you might like it too! Edinburgh offers a wide range of societies and sports so why not? There are lots of taster sessions you could make use of to see if you like the sound of them!
Most importantly have fun with it all and enjoy :)) If you have any questions, feel free to ask us >.< !
Blog originally posted by Ojaswee in 2020, Informatics Student