Our students think back to their first day, and offer advice to their first-year self. Find out their regrets, opportunities and happiest moments of university.
Charlotte Pollins, BSc Biomedical Sciences, final year
One piece of advice I’d give myself if I were to come to university again, is anything, anything that you’ve started or anything that you’ve taken interest in ever in your life, go to university and get involved with that.
Selvan Thamizhirai, MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics, third year
My advice for my first year self or anyone starting first year is just enjoy the course, because there’s so many things going on and everything is going everywhere. Just come here, try and be yourself and just partake in all experiences.
Sim Linnel Hanfling, BA History, final year
Don’t worry so much. Have, have some fun.
Charlotte Hallahan, BA English, final year
I think in my first year I took a skydiving course, because I’d never done it and I was like, I’m at university. I’m going to skydive. So I joined the skydiving society and jumped out of a plane and that was my third week of university.
Sophie Kingscote, BSc Psychology, final year
Make the most of every opportunity you get, make friends with everyone, go out all the time, do all the societies, because it will go too quick, I promise.
Robin Johnson, MSc Computer Science, final year
To get out there and not be quite as scared at the start, because one thing which you find with everybody at university is that they’re incredibly friendly and they all want to share their passion with what they do with you.
Jessica Smith, BSc Midwifery, second year
I would say to myself just to make the most of every opportunity. The three years goes very quickly.
Emma Nelson,BSc Population and Geography, final year
Work hard but also allow yourself to develop socially as well, because you don’t the time back and, yes, there’s things I missed out on that I really wish I hadn’t because there’s so much to do here.
Emma Baldwin, BSc Physiotherapy, second year
Go to the open days and get a feel for the university. You can’t really tell much, just from a prospectus. So have a look at the open days, talk to current students. And really choose where you want to go.
Marian Daogaru, MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics, third year
I would say to myself, learn to cook.
Chandini Murlidhar, MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics, third year
Try to say yes more often instead of saying no. You never know where the yes is going to take you.
Michael Oliver, BA Archaeology and History, second year
The university opens your world up to so many different things so, it’s a fantastic experience.