Being away from your family and living with strangers could be a daunting experience for first-timers. It is normal for you to feel anxious or uncomfortable when meeting with new people and live in different environment altogether. Your response to this situation will determine the quality of your experience. Don’t over analyse or worry too much! Making a smooth fresh start might be challenging but not completely impossible.
Here are some of the practical tips for you to survive your 1st Semester in one piece ;p
- Establish meaningful and healthy friendships with new friends including your lecturers. A confident smile and warm greetings are proven to be a good start. You can begin with neutral conversations about hobbies, hometowns, favourite food etc. Keep your mind open and don’t be judgemental on their preferences.
- Be the original you! Don’t fake your personality just to charm others. Of course you need to be socially appropriate and intelligent but don’t overdo in your words or actions.
- If you have a lot of opinions about things or people, keep it close to your chest first. Find out who you can trust before your share about your true feelings. The last thing that you need is an embarrassing college drama over petty matters!
- Live according to your means. Avoid borrowing from others unless it is necessary to do so. Most people are uncomfortable to share their stuff with others especially those related to personal hygiene items like bath towel. Similarly, don’t flash your expensive belongings if you have more means than others.
- Take care of your personal hygiene strictly and make sure your space is clean and presentable. Do your laundry regularly and prepare your clothes the night before. Make sure your appearance is neat and tidy. Smart appearance can boost your self-confidence and enhance your public image.
- Call your parents or your guardians who probably more worried than you are! Listen to their good advice and share your personal experience with them. They might know a trick or two that could be useful to your situation. Getting new friends and having fun does not mean that you should abandon your family or avoid them altogether.
Want more tips?
Find out more about this topic in our Part II series.
Good luck and enjoy your stay !
Feature Author :
Sukma Murni Ab Hadi