fresher’s diary: preparations

Monday 21st September 2015

With under a week to go before my move to York, I now face the more-than-slightly terrifying task of packing up my entire life. Not only do I have to ensure I take enough of my worldly possessions that I don’t fall apart, but not so many that they can’t fit into my mum’s car (a Nissan Micra). In some ways though, it feels like this is almost the easy bit: getting to this stage has been both time- and cash-consuming.

So how do you go about beginning the process of moving over 160 miles away? Well, it’s different for everyone. But to give you guys some idea, during my uni prep I’ve compiled no fewer than six lists of items to buy, tasks to complete and things to pack. Now I’m the first to admit that I’m a meticulous (read: borderline obsessive) list-maker, but in my defence they’ve all been incredibly useful.

I could type out all my lists for you all to look through (maybe even compare to your own) but The Student Room has already done the work for me, so if you’re struggling click here!

But preparing for such an enormous change goes beyond spending money; there’s definitely emotional preparation to be considered too. I mentioned last week that I’m not sure how I’ll cope with what’s to come, and I bet I’m not the only fresher feeling this way.

One thing that’s been particularly helpful for me has been linking up with all my future housemates via Facebook. Universities have realised the power of the social network; if you’re living in halls it’s practically guaranteed that there’ll be a Facebook page for your university, college, court or block. Don’t hold back – join, introduce yourself and tell everyone where you’re living. I’ve been lucky enough to find all seven of my housemates (shoutout to house C4!) and it’s been wonderful to get to know everyone in advance – plus it means you’ll be able to avoid all those awkward conversations when you arrive!

Rather than trying to completely suppress them, I think it’s important to address and accept these feelings of anxiety – they’re totally justified. Before you leave home, think about how you can make yourself feel better in your new room. Print out pictures of your family, friends, pets or even your local area to stick on your wall, and find bedclothes, pillows and decorations which suit your personality and style. If you’re stressed about the academic side of things, try linking up with people on your course through social media, making a head-start on your reading list or emailing your department to find out how best to prepare yourself.

Equally, at some point we all have to bite the bullet and just go for it. I may still have to pack everything and say my goodbyes, but now I can count the days left on my fingers I’m itching to get started. I may be nervous, but there’s no going back now.

On that note, I’ll leave you until next Monday – when I’ll be blogging all about my move-in day from my new room!

L x

This post was originally published on SpiceUK.



  1. 12/10/2015 / 1:39 pm

    Nothing wrong with being organised, Lucy. Better that, than getting to York, to find your chargers are still in Norfolk!
    I am sure that Facebook can be a friend when you are somewhere strange. But please be careful with it. I hate the way it can destroy lives, with the same ease that it can enrich them.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Lucy Furneaux
      12/10/2015 / 3:36 pm

      Absolutely – now I’m here I can definitely say it served me well.
      I completely agree, it can be a very slippery slope, though a very useful tool too!

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