You have finished school and are already preparing for student life. It will be one of the most exciting times in your life. Definitely, the university has its challenges and sometimes it is stressful, but at the end of the day, it is fun and rewarding. You will meet a bunch of new friends, and immerse yourself in a world full of new knowledge and adult responsibility. You may be a little bit nervous, but this is normal – you are going to start a new chapter in your life. We want to encourage you and with the help of this article give you some tips before you go to university for the first time.
- Prepare for Success
First of all, studying at university requires more reading and exploration of textbooks than ever before. So be prepared for a lot of reading, analysis and work.
You have worked hard to get accepted into the university, but the newfound freedom can sometimes be overwhelming and you will soon find that you are falling behind academically. Keep working hard, as you did at school.
- Improve Technical Skills
Improve your technical skills. Improving your IT skills will help you complete projects faster. Useful skills include writing faster, knowing how to use different computer programmes, and being able to conduct reliable research online.
- Find out the latest COVID-19 protocols
Covid-19 pandemics shaped the way of university life into an experience that was almost unrecognisable. Be careful and follow all the regulations provided by the university.
- Know Where to Go for Academic Support
If you encounter difficulties, ask your mentors, tutors or classmates for help. Besides, the department of students service is always ready to help you and give some recommendations. The British University in Georgia is focused on supporting you to overcome obstacles.
You may think that you don’t need to socialise before looking for a job, but everyone you meet may be the connection you need in the future. Be friendly and personable to everyone you meet in your daily life. Take time to learn people’s names and become interested in their lives. Being able to build a network is a valuable skill.
- Be Involved in Extra-curricular Activities
Find or start university clubs. Look for organisations or part-time jobs that show you are part of something bigger than yourself. The British University in Georgia will support you and offer you many opportunities for that.
- Practice Time Management
Many freshmen say that one thing they struggle with is time management. Numerous courses, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and the social aspects of university mean your life is very busy. Practice prioritising and scheduling so that you can ensure that what needs to be done is done in a timely manner.
- Get Prepared for the Independent life
If you are an international student and for the first time you have to live alone in a foreign country, then you will have to take more things into the account. It is best to choose accommodation close to the university. Check the schedule of the municipal transport necessary for you. Also, you will have to practice some life skills – cooking, washing, cleaning etc. It is fun, though.
We hope these tips help you, but always remember that the British University in Georgia will always be by your side in case of need.