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10 Reality Checks That Will Hit You During Week 1

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first year or your last year (*sob*), the reality of Week 1 will hit you like a ton of bricks on Monday. We’ll just get your ready then shall we?

1. You’re actually here to study and work hard.

It’s not all about partying and socialising, studying is the main reason you’re at university, even if you forget that during freshers’ week.

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2. You’ll need to do your reading.

Yes, you do have to pick up a book and gather your reading list together. Reading is vital for most courses, and starts in week one!

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3. You actually have to cook.

With late nights and lazy days, cooking seemed in the distant future and non-important, but home cooked meals are much cheaper in the long run and better for you. Better get that student cook book out then. Urgh.

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4. You’ll need to start writing again.

With months off for your summer break, you’ll be surprised how weird it feels to get back into the swing of note taking and essay writing. What’s a pen again?

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5. You’ll remember how much of a maze the library is.

With a coding system and new extension, the library can be a labyrinth. You soon realise where your course books are located in the core section, and if you don’t: you need to find out.

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6. Meeting course friends

You’ve settled in with your flat mates, met some new people on your nights out, but here comes the reality of meeting people on your course, and getting to know your lecturers. A whole new world.

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7. Finding a routine

With a week of fun winding down, you’ll slowly slip into an organised routine. Wednesday = Vensday.

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8. You realise you actually need to budget.

With the common knowledge that students are skint, budgeting is vital to ensure you don’t go into that deadly overdraft. 

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9. You’ll realise you aren’t as good as sports as you think you are.

So you’ve signed up for lots of societies at the freshers’ fayre, joined a few sports which you think you’re good at, but when you turn up at the trials you may realise you, ahem, over rated yourself…

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10. You need to find your way around campus, and not just to Venue.

Kent’s campus and its many buildings and room numbers can be confusing.

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