5 Things I Didn’t Expect – Transitioning To University

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5 Things I Didn’t Expect – Transitioning To University

A first year Management with Marketing student at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, shares the five things they didn’t expect when transitioning from school to university.

1). How quickly the first day came around…

I remember opening my unconditional acceptance letter the February before my course started thinking, ‘September is ages away no need to think about that now’. Despite it always being in the back of mind, I had always had something else to think about or do.

Thus when 1st September arrived I was stunned with how quickly it had come round. I felt completely unprepared for uni life however quickly realised that everyone else is in the same boat.

2). How relaxed I was…

Despite being overly worried that I was going to be late for my first lecture and have to do the walk of shame down the stairs as everyone’s eyes follow you, I was surprisingly relaxed about my first day. By that point in time I had not properly studied since May so I was ready for some sort of routine.

At first the building was pretty daunting despite the wide-open spaces, but by the time I had found where I was going my nerves had disappeared. It was such a bizarre feeling but I suppose that’s always a good thing.

3). How international the university is…

By using a course mate finder post on one of the university social media groups, I was able to find some future course mates who would be coming from all over the world. It was exciting to ‘meet’ people over social media and find out why they chose the course etc.

When it came to my first day, I was eager to meet them. People from all over the world had come to RGU and it was incredible to see.

4). How crowded the bus was…

Yes it’s true, I had no idea just how many people would take the bus every morning. I was petrified I wouldn’t be able to find the stop I had googled the night before.

However, it became apparent to me that the stop I needed, was the one that had about 20 people who looked about the same age as me. The bus was absolutely packed – welcome to student transport!

5). How friendly everyone was…

As I am a stay at home student, getting lifts to and from was a bit of a nuisance. However, friends gladly welcomed me to their halls to get ready with them and even stay over. It was so sweet and it was then I knew I had chosen the right university.

All in all, I think it’s fair to say the transition from secondary school to university is one that can be affected by many different factors, and this one has been mine – a very enjoyable experience to say the least.

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