A freshers' guide: dealing with change

Going through things you never thought you’d go through will only take you to places you never thought you’d get to.

- Morgan Harper Nichols

Freshers can be a stressful time with lots of change happening all at once. It can often feel very overwhelming with a lot going on at once. Hopefully these tips will help make things a little easier:

Acknowledge that things are changing

One of the most important things to do when change is happening is to acknowledge it as this is one of the first steps towards managing it. Unfortunately change is just apart of life and therefore sometimes difficult to avoid, but remembering this will help you on your way to dealing with it.


Where you can, establishing a new routine can often help to make things seem a little more settled, including keeping a regular exercise schedule. Even just going for a walk around the block can help to make you feel better. Just getting out there and moving will help to improve your mood, it doesn’t have to be some strenuous exercise for you to reap the benefits. You’ll often find that you’ll come back feeling motivated and ready to go.

Focus on the positives

No matter how difficult things may seem, there’s always some positives to draw from the situation. Why not write them down to help gather your thoughts. As the saying goes… ‘ you grow through what you go through’.

Reach out

Seek support. No one goes through life alone and just because you may have moved to a new city, it doesn’t mean your friends and family are no longer there for you. Use your support network when times get tough, the chances are they’ll be happy to help out. Don’t forget you can always talk to your new housemates. They’re most likely feeling the same and reaching out may form to start the basis of a close friendship.

Be proactive

Try taking charge of the situation where you can. What can you control? Remember why you came to uni and write down the steps of what you can do to help settle into your new uni life. Why not organise a house meal together? Go for a walk to explore your new area?

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