31 December 2016

What I Would Tell My First Year Self..

Dear Amy,

I know you're having a hard time at university right now, with homesickness and missing your family, but one reassuring thing to know - it will be OK. You'll get through this stage and wonder why you were being so silly to worry about that when you're having such a great time making new friends and experiences.

That said, don't feel like you have to go to EVERY clubbing and campus event for freshers. If you don't feel like it, don't go. No-one's going to hate you for missing a night or two and staying in to watch Netflix in your pyjamas. Also accept that you're going to have a few takeaways when your paycheck drops into your account every now and then, it's OK - don't feel so guilty. Just try to eat as healthy in the other days to make up for it.

On that same token, you really should've cooked more even if it's a bit of chicken with a curry sauce and rice, it's better than two takeaways and pot noodles in the same week. It's really become a habit and I wish you had cooked a lot more. Find more healthy options too, and you shouldn't have skipped breakfast, it's had a knock-on effect on your metabolism now.

The times whilst clubbing and pre-drinks with your flatmates were awesome and you beat your anxieties about meeting new people, which is awesome. I'm so proud.

One thing I do regret is not getting involved with other clubs/hobbies, I'm only just getting into them now and it's a great way to meet more people who think the same way you do as well as have conversations about things that others may not understand.

In terms of financial aid, there's lots of places that can help, including Educational Opportunity Centres, the FAFSA Application and the US Education Department's Federal Student Aid Office. For help after graduation, there's an option to refinance your student loans through a company such as Earnest to make your monthly payments more affordable and stop the constant fretting. So don't worry, there are plenty of options out there to find out more info and apply for funding. You're not alone.

Here marks the end of my letter, don't be anxious when going to meet people next time.

Amy


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