Since I’m going to uni soon (yay!) I’ve been trying to prepare myself materially and mentally but I’m not really sure what to expect.
As a result, I (and everybody else) have some expectations that I’m not sure will be true or not. It would be interesting to list them here and come back to them later to see how right/wrong I was!
Some of these will be general – i.e. they will apply to many universities, but some of them I think will be specific expectations that I have about Oxford.
I think by writing these down, I will figure out which ones are genuine concerns and which ones are just preconceived prejudices. Let’s go!
- There will be two types of people: those who stay in all the time and those who go out a lot. This is definitely a preconceived prejudice (it sounded stupid even before I wrote it down) but we’ll see!
- Social life, work or sleep: you can only choose 2. This was definitely true during IB! (I chose work and sleep haha)
- I will make friends for life, according to adults. This has been true so far at every school I’ve been to, so I’m sure uni will be no different.
- However, I don’t expect to make these friends during Freshers’ Week – according to some older friends, you’ll probably meet loads of people you’ll never see again in the first week and it’s only when you really settle down into the routine that you make real friends.
- I’ll be a real Oxford girl about 2 weeks in (about the same amount of time required to pick up the Oxford lingo) and be able to show my mum and brother around when they visit me during October half term.
- I’ll start dating (who knows?!)
- I’ll start off thinking that everyone is super smart but once I get to know people, I’ll realise that they’re all average, like me.
- They are the ‘best years of your life‘ according to dad. Personally, I think that would be quite depressing – surely there is some fun to be found in work and adult life?!
- I won’t be able to look after myself, at least for the first year. This is just because I’ve never looked after myself for so long, but I’m sure that I’ll have support.
- I don’t think I’ll miss my family – I’ve never been homesick but there’s a first time for everything!
- I will overpack or underpack.
- Gain weight during the first term (the famed freshers’ fifteen) and go down with freshers’ flu, or…
- Be really proactive and wake up early, eat healthily, go for runs every morning, do sport, cycle places etc. and get fit.
I like to think I’m going to be the second, but I reckon I will just end up doing the first…
- It’ll start off alright but then quickly snowball until I’m up to my head in work and I can barely think about anything else
- It’ll be hard but fun in a weirdly rewarding way
- I’ll still manage to procrastinate somehow
- The workload will be like the IB but a step up – but somehow I’ll still find time to do what I want to do
That’s as many expectations as I can think of so far. I have to be honest, I don’t think anyone can be fully ready to go to uni or be ready for any other life event for that matter… I guess the only way we know what it’ll be like is to show up!
If you’re going to uni this year, what expectations do you have? If you’ve already been to university, did it live up to your expectations? What do you think of my expectations? Let me know!