Don’t force it!
University was a whirlwind of emotions for me, during the first term especially. I came from a predominately black school and grew up in an area with a high population of ethnic minorities (BIG UP BRIXTON).
I knew that Bristol was a very culturally diverse city, but what I didn’t know was that the University of Bristol was predominately white middle class. I didn’t consider this a problem as I was excited to get to know people from different walks of life. Having said this, when you walk into a room and realise that no one could possibly mistake you for anyone else, it becomes a little daunting.
Walking into university with an open mind and positive outlook is so important, but I also recommend being prepared for the worst. Thankfully my flatmates were absolutely amazing and from diverse backgrounds – which has been one of my biggest blessings at university.
You do not need to assimilate into ‘student life’. You are allowed to deny invitations and live within your means, regardless of how many Freshers’ events are shoved down your throat. You worked your butt off to study your course and believe me, your course does actually get interesting when you do the reading (I learnt this very late).
Stay safe. Whether that’s making sure your friends know where you are on a night out and sticking to main roads, or making sure you get checked out and use condoms (better safe than sorry).
Always look out for YOU! You are allowed to remove yourself from stressful or triggering situations for the sake of your own mental health. You are allowed to have time to chill out (even during revision). Make sure to treat yourself, whether that be by buying a new book, making time to read, getting some new trainers or treating yourself to a spa day, always do you!