I know what you’re saying. What the hell am I doing here?
I know this may be a bit more – no – a lot more people than you’re used to. I know all this colour, all the freebies and all the information you’re trying to take in might be overwhelming. I know campus might look big and scary. Just bear with me for a bit.
Welcome to the University of Malta! Congratulations!
Fresher’s Week should be a celebration. You should feel like you’re on top of the world, because you deserve it. Your months of hard work have led you here. Participate in activities, take advantage of all the free food, win competitions, go to all of the uni parties.
Then it hits. What are study units? What do you mean my timetable is clashing? Where’s my faculty? What’s an elective? Old Humanities? Quad? I don’t even know where the library is!
What the hell am I doing here?
I sum up my first months at University using this lyric from Pink Floyd’s iconic Wish You Were Here , “we’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl” . Expect there was only one lost soul. And the fish tank felt like a shark tank. And I was drowning.
I found out later, that this is okay. It is completely normal to feel this way. Change is difficult for everyone, and this change can be the hardest of all. You’re changing from kid, to adult. Everyone is going to expect more from you and things will get harder. But they’ll so much better in the long run. I know, I know you may not believe me, I wouldn’t have believed myself if these words were said to me this time last year, when I was a fresher.
You should feel like you’re on top of the world, because you deserve it
Want to make your transition period a bit less traumatic? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
First off, it is important to keep a positive , glass half full approach when entering university. But don’t make your expectations unrealistic, this is no perfect student utopia. The higher you keep your expectations, the harder they’ll come crashing down around you.
Always remember – very cliche’ but also very true – YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE. Every student at this university was a fresher once – we all know how this feels. Don’t be afraid to ask questions- and if your faculty isn’t responsive, go to your respective student organisations. Even if you don’t know where your next lecture will be, ask a stranger to point you in the right direction. We don’t bite. This will only make your life easier.
Get Involved around Campus! Study something you’re interested in degree+ , join one (or more!) of the student organisations , take part in Students Fest or simply just make the most of a sunny day on quad with your friends – enjoy the time you have on campus, enjoy the time you have at university, try new things, learn new skills, feel free to make mistakes and make new friends along the way too. To me this is what university is all about.
So the next time you ask yourself , What the hell am I doing here? This is what your answer should be.
I am here for a hassle till I settle in, and this is normal. I am here for a course I enjoy. I am here for all-nighters. I am here for parties, for 4am McDonalds drive through drunk adventures. I am here to go on Erasmus. To work hard and play hard. I am here for the best years of my life, and I don’t intend to waste second of it.
Have a wonderful year!