You won’t make friends.
At least, not right away. You leave home expecting to make friendships like the ones you’ve had for years. But they take time to build, and you can’t expect them straight away. Give it time, though. You’ll find people.
You might not like your flatmates, and that’s okay.
Go in with an open mind, and at least try to get along with them. But, in the end, it’s okay if you don’t. There are other places to spend time other than your flat, and at worst, well, it’s only a year. You can survive that. And the more time you spend out of your room, the more likely you are to meet people you get along with.
It’s okay not to drink.
This goes for clubbing, too. At first, it might seem like partying is all everyone ever does. But if you don’t want to, you for sure won’t be the only one. Find those other people left behind.
It’s okay to realise people aren’t who you thought you were.
You’ll meet some people and they’ll seem great. Hell, you might even spend a lot of time with them. But if you then realise that these aren’t the type of people you want to be around, it’s okay to seek out different people. It wasn’t until the last semester of my first year that I found the person I really truly clicked with.
Ceilidhs are the best dances.
Okay, I’m biased because I’m at uni in Scotland. But they’re brilliant fun, you always get taught how to do it, and there’ll always be other people there who don’t know what they’re doing either.
Uni kinda sucks sometimes.
You’ll barely be able to hear lectures during the first couple of weeks, because everyone will be ill and coughing. This gets better. You’ll probably be absolutely exhausted at first, because it’s a whole new lifestyle to get used to and so much has changed. You can get through that. Work is hard and sometimes there’s a lot of it, but everyone is in the same boat and there’s always someone who is willing to help. On that note, try to have someone in each of your courses/modules who you can ask about stuff. You dint have to be much more than acquaintances with them, but it’s always good to be able to ask about the homework.
Register at the doctors.
Just do it. Even if you think you’re never going to need it, please. Make things easier for yourself in the long run. On a side note, actually go to the doctors if you think you need to. They are literally paid to help you.
Getting involved in stuff is fun, but you don’t have to do All The Things.
You’ll probably sign up for a society in Freshers week and never actually go to it. That’s fine, literally everyone does it. Also remember that society events for the first couple of weeks will be packed. They quieten down fairly quickly, so if there’s something you want to do, stick with it.
It’s okay to make new friends and realise that your old ones kinda sucked.
I at least have changed a hell of a lot over my first year. They probably will too. Realising that proximity was a large factor of a friendship can be sad, but it can also make you reevaluate and find out who you really like.
You’re not going to like all your courses.
Well, maybe some people do. But it’s fine if you don’t, it just gives you an idea of what not to take in second year. And if you really hate your degree, well - I know a guy who’s just transferred from studying Neuroscience to studying Physics. You always have options.
“I can always resit” is nicer in theory than practice.
But it is true. Most people’s first years don’t count, so make the most of it. But if you can use it to find a balance, that’s probably going to be better in the long run.
You’re not alone.
I spent a good proportion of Freshers Week locked in my room trying not to cry. I ended up searching the tumblr tags for other freshers at my uni, and found at that I wasn’t the only person sat in my room. I still have no idea who that person was, but knowing they existed helped me a lot. So even if you are sat alone in your room, remember that there are still people out here that you can talk to. Tumblr will always be here if you need a friend, or some advice, or just some cute cat videos if you need to take your mind off things.
Starting uni can be terrifying, but you can do it. Good luck.