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How To Conquer Fresher’s Nerves.

Gayleen Hodson
Women sat by the sea

The start of university is perhaps one of the most nerve-wracking time of your life. Even if you are excited to get out there, meet new people, study and become more independent, you will still be nervous.

Fresher’s week is the pivotal moment of university. You are suddenly launched from the comfort of your family home into the unknown. You are thrust upon a group of strangers that you now have to live with and study with. 

How do you combat the nerves? 

Although you will find that these nerves will settle and ease quite quickly, there are some things you can do to help your nerves to begin with. 

Natural Remedies. 

The start of university is a very big deal. You can purchase natural remedies from places such as Boots. Kalms is a fantastic one, which will just help to take the edge off a little.

You can either take these as droplets on your tongue, sweets to suck, or pills to take before bedtime each evening. You only need to take these for a couple of weeks in the lead up until university then you will find that by the time you stop taking them, you feel more at ease. These are not to be taken continuously. 

Join Online Groups. 

You may find that most universities have private groups on social media platforms, such as Facebook. You can begin to talk to people that will be living in your halls of residence, or on your course.

This is how I began talking to a few people from my university when I started and it did help. 

Put Time Into Yourself Before University.

 There is nothing better to boost your self-esteem than by taking care of yourself and investing some time into yourself. Spend time doing your favourite hobby, catching up with your best friends that boost your mood or treating yourself on a little shopping trip.

By boosting your self esteem, you will feel and appear more confident when it comes to those first impressions. 

Remember That Everyone Else Is In The Same Boat. 

It seems simple when you put it that way. But, it is true. Everyone going into university at the same time as you is in the same boat. Some people may already have friends attending, or have confidence that is more natural, however this is a fresh start for you all. Some people appear far more confident than they are and I am sure that everyone needs a smile and a bit of kindness shown.

So, reach out to someone else sitting alone and soon you will realise that others will also be feeling just as nervous. 

Prepare Your Timetable And Equipment.

Before lectures and seminars begin, spend some time studying your time table, a map of the university and any other letters you’ve been sent to make sure that you know where to go and what to expect at the start.

Also, make sure you have all of the stationary that you need and have ordered all of the books and subject matter that you were requested to get. 

Reach Out.

Don’t be afraid if the nerves and anxieties get too much. Try talking to family or friends about how you are feeling and they may be able to boost your spirits. You can always seek help and reassurance from a professional, and don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed about it.

Doctors are a great place to go for an initial talk about how you’re feeling. There is also some great charities and supportive places you can reach out to if you don’t feel that you can open up to your family and friends. The Samaritans is always open for you to call on 116 123. 

I hope that this list has helped you with some ideas on how to tackle the nerves as a fresher. University is an incredible experience. But don’t work yourself up about any of it. Take it one day and one step at a time. 

Before you know it, you will be settled in and having the time of your life. If you’re not- reach out to someone that can help tackle the issues with you. Everything will work out. 

Now get ready to enjoy those Fresher’s parties! 

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