My University Fears

My University Fears

So I’m not sure if I have told you this yet but I’m going to uni in September! Ok, I’m just kidding I know I have told you a million times over but it is, unfortunately, something you will have to continue reading! Just like with every situation in life I feel a whole mix of emotions but the biggest or more prominent emotion shall we say, would have to be fear! Because of that, I thought I would share these fears with you and maybe this can be some sort of therapy me and a bit of a help for anyone else feeling these same fears!

Fear of going back into education

Now this one may be a bit more specific to me but I am terrified of going back into education! I finished my A-levels in 2014…it is now 2018. four years is a hell of a long time! I haven’t done coursework or exams for four years, nor have so much as sat in a classroom and participated in an actual class! I’m terrified that I won’t be able to keep up or deal with the stress of exams or coursework. I guess deep down the real fear is that I am a failure on an academic level.

Fear that I won’t like the people I live with

For my first year, I will be living in halls of residence. This means living with around ten other people most of whom will be about four years younger than me! I know from living in house shares that if you don’t get on with your housemates it can make for an uncomfortable life. So can you imagine living with ten people you don’t get on with! Yes, I know it is unlikely that I will not get along with all of my flatmates but try telling my anxiety that!!!

Fear that I will run out of money

Unlike most students, I am fully dependent on myself and myself only! This means that if I run out of money I am basically fucked! This means I will have to get a job as soon as I get to Cheltenham along with doing temp work throughout the year. I will also have to support myself through the summer as I won’t have a ‘home’ to go back to. Instead, I will be headed to either a student house that will let me move in at the start of the summer or into a private house share. I m terrified of not being able to earn money throughout the year that will aid me in supporting myself over the summer thus making me homeless!

So there we have it! My university fears! Are any of you feeling the same way? Or do you have any advice in regards to how I am currently feeling? Please let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “My University Fears

  1. I started my degree in Fine Art at UOG last September and I was terrified too, as I’ve been out of education for six years! I only have two flatmates but unfortunately I haven’t made friends with them and I’m kind of sad that we don’t really chat or go out and stuff, but it’s not the end of the world as I’ve managed to make friends with a few people on my course. The Helpzone are absolutely fantastic! No problem is too small for them and I visit them regularly if I’m ever worried about socialising or studying or money troubles.
    I’m not sure what your course would be like but I was very surprised with how much freedom we have. I could quite easily go a week without talking to anyone and I’m never held accountable if I’m behind with my work, so it’s definitely important to talk to people – I’ve sought help from The Helpzone, the librarians, technicians and lecturers for the daftest of reasons.
    I had terrible anxiety before coming to university, but I also felt a lot of excitement at the same time, so it felt worth it =) x

    1. That is so fantastic to hear and I already feel so much calmer about starting! It’s always great to hear other students experiences! Xx

  2. My advice is to see if your uni has a ‘mature’ course over the summer. At my uni they have classes over summer about writing assignments and general uni life to ease the transition & I hear it helps to build friendship with other students!

    1. Oh that sounds brilliant! It’s a shame I’m currently having to work full time or it would be something I would look into! Thank you for reading this post!

  3. I think it’s totally normal to feel fear when you’ve got a situation like this coming up, but I say ride that wave and use that adrenaline to your benefit! I wouldn’t worry about the four year gap either, I think you’ll surprise yourself. Plus you’re probably wiser and having better ways of organising yourself and coping with things now a few years later anyway 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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