There is always a first day for everything in life. And the first day at university is one of those moments that causes most distress and doubt. That is why, from the Residencia Universitaria de Teatinos we give you some advice to face this new stage in the best possible way.
It’s difficult to step outside the comfort zone, a place where the future seems guaranteed, we don’t see any danger and nothing makes us nervous. Even if it doesn’t feel like it, the school where you have been studying for twelve years is one of them. When you start university, and especially when you live away from home, we completely leave our comfort zone.
Its normal that doubt floods our lives: Will I be able to socialise with my new mates? Will I be able to express my opinions to unknown people? What will the rest think of me? Will I meet the expectations of university life
- The Inauguration days are very important. Don’t miss them using the excuse that they aren’t class. It’s the first contact with your future classmates and teachers. They are also a good for you to obtain information on your university for the next 4 years.
- Don’t worry much about clothes, but remember we aren’t going to the beach (nor a disco). Wear something comfortable but that captures your style, a natural look that you can keep up in your university time
- Take advantage of the extracurricular activities. The UMA offers many sporting and cultural activities. RUT also offers you an activities’ calendar so you can fill up your time.
- Get rid of your shyness and fear, open yourself to new experiences. It’s complicated to face your worst fears, but if there’s a moment in life to do so, it’s at university.
- Everyone is a potential friend. You never know who will be your future friends and, even if it sounds incredible, some of them will last forever. Don’t be afraid to start conversations with other students and residency mates
- Read the teaching guide. It may seem like a boring document, but it’s the first reliable information source that one can easily consult.
- Despite all the advice we may give you, you will always feel a bit overwhelmed the first days of class. Don’t worry, time goes by quickly and we are sure that after a few weeks you will feel like fish in water
Despite all the advice we may give you, you will always feel a bit overwhelmed the first days of class. Don’t worry, time goes by quickly and we are sure that after a few weeks you will feel like fish in water.