First Month in University

Hey, guys! I realize that I've been silent for almost a month, but there is a reason for that. To write something really important and worth reading it's necessary to collect information, conclusions, positive and negative opinions. Right now I'm thinking about new ideas and blog topics to make this experience more exciting for everyone who is still reading this blog and supporting me in the journey called "UNIVERSITY LIFE". Oh gosh, the journey has had a lot of ups and downs, but you see - I'm alive, happy and healthy so I can assure one thing - University doesn't kill you. And there is this famous saying: "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger!" (Or is it from Kelly Clarkson's song? Hmm.. Have to think about his one.) 
But now - some main conclusions about uni life, dormitory and other stuff, so please - don't close this page and keep reading!

1. Don't be afraid of sadness.

If University means to you not only leaving your previous school, but it's about starting a new life, living in your own place or at the campus, don't be afraid of feeling sad at some moments. It doesn't mean you're in the wrong place and universe is not trying to say to you: "Something's wrong... something's not right..." Forget about thoughts like these - they will make everything harder. But be prepared for a little sadness. At moments like these look at the pictures of your friends and family, remember the good old times or skype someone. It really helps. Just stroll down the memory lane (I needed to say this, sorry)....

2. Talk! Smile! Talk! 

If your friends say to you that you will find friends even if you're not communicating much, then I will be mean and say the truth - YOU WILL NOT! 
Communication in a new community and social group is the main factor of having new friends and acquaintances.
And talking, being open-minded and smiling are just starting points for finding the people you would soooo like to add in facebook, go to parties with or just make pizza in the evening. If you're shy, it's time to turn things around - University is the right time to start a new life! And don't be afraid to start the conversation first, because from my experience, in 80% of cases I have been the person who asks the name of the "silent" person and makes the hard introduction part. Main questions are mostly about - how old are you? why did you decide to study here? where are you living? etc. 
So stop overthinking, start doing!

3. Flat rules.. who needs them?

Oh, trust me, everybody needs them. Except guys, they in some magical way know how to do everything together, don't stress about small things and keep their flat clean. But you never know how people will act, especially if they are coming from different parts of the world. One of the first things I did in our flat was - made a "TAKING OUT TRASH" list with names and dates, so now everyone has their week when keep the kitchen clean. If people didn't grow up in a cave, it should work. :) Arrangements are pretty important in the first weeks. If you are not happy with someone else using your things, just say it, be direct about you needs and wishes! Remember - no one can read your mind (except if your flatmate is a psychic).

4. Oh, food we all love

If you are familiar with kitchen than you propably will have no problem with buying and preparing meals, but if you've never touched the oven or a pan then, holy oven, we have a problem! I advice you using google as your teacher and searching for "easy university food". Most of it will be hamburgers and american food which is available in one piece and made by great microwave. But just try to make something yourself! Who cares if it's not going to come out as good as the picture in internet shows you, just try! I was really bad at cooking main dishes, but now even if I have only potatoes, carrots and onions I'm able to make fantastic soup. Practice makes perfect! And girls, think about this cooking experience as preparing for married life when you will be asking yourself: "Why didn't I learn to cook at university?"

7 COMMENTS:

Joshua Akinwande said...

I like this... Well done.
You know what Elix, it used to be very strange to me when people ask me my age when I came into Estonia newly because I believe it is a very personal data. But now, it's no more strange but fun... :D
Anyway, thank you for sharing this article.

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