Okay, so I’m not technically a fresher anymore but hear me out! When Canesten got in touch about their new freshers campaign, let’s be honest I was a little dubious at first, but I was intrigued about the concept and I realised that I myself needed to hear a few of the following things. So I’m writing this almost as a letter to my fresher self, some advice for little first year Lucy if you will.
You can do it. The first and most important thing I’d say to myself is ‘you can do it’. I have overcome so many things during my time as a student that I can no longer keep count. I’ve had a bumpy journey at times but no matter what, I’ve faced it head on and I’m still here to tell the tale.
Support. Uni can be a stressful time for a multitude of reasons so it’s incredibly important to have a good support network around you. From friends to family and even uni staff, support is vital! I met my best friend Hannah at the bus stop on the way to our very first lecture. She is an incredible friend and makes midnight essay writing almost fun!
Environment. I don’t know about you, but the way my room looks plays a huge part in how I feel. If it’s messy and drab then that’s how I feel. Uni halls can be the most dull of places and it’s quite the challenge to spruce them up, but fear not! With just a handful of cushions, blankets, posters, fairy lights, copper lamps and pictures of loved ones, you’ll feel right at home.
Staying healthy. Starting with the classic ‘freshers flu’, feeling poorly away from home sucks! Particularly when it comes to feminine hygiene as it’s a bit of an embarrassing topic. Heck, I didn’t even get my flu jab in first year as I was too nervous to visit the doctors alone (I realise how silly this sounds now). But as a grown up for the first time it’s all too easy to ignore issues when they arise and let them spiral out of control. Canesten is dedicated to spreading the word that, actually, these things happen to all of us and we shouldn’t be so embarrassed about our health. Whether it’s staying fresh with their range of intimate hygiene products, or relieving the symptoms of cystitis with something a little more dedicated like the CanesOasis. However, if you’re ever worried about anything, head to the doctors, I can promise that they don’t bite!
Study. I’m not here to tell you to start those essays early, I wouldn’t want to preach what I can’t practice! But I do want to say don’t worry. Studying at uni can be very stressful, but at the end of the day, if you try your best then you should be proud.
Have fun. Okay so I said the first one was the most important, but having fun is! University has been the best few years of my life and has brought so many amazing opportunities my way. I’m currently living and working in London, but still get student discount, could it get any better? But seriously, university has taught me so many things and I’ve met the most wonderful people. Just look after yourself, have fun and clean your dishes.
This post is in collaboration with Canesten. All views remain my own.