The first few weeks at Plymouth

So this is my first blog post and I’m super excited. If you don’t know already, my name is Melanie, I’m 18, a fresher and I study Digital Art and Technology. My interests include jamming to any kind of music (if indoors, on full blast), trying to binge watch TV shows or films, adventuring around which often leads to photography. I’ve been at Plymouth for just over 3 weeks now and have had some amazing experiences so far, and there are many more that I am looking forward to.

Almost straight away when I found my course I knew that Plymouth was the place for me. But honestly, the student life, campus and city itself were just a bonus that I did not expect. The freedom of being away from home, that being London, is pretty sweet. So far I have found that my course is pretty chilled and I'm really enjoying it.

Being on an arts course helps to challenge your thinking and how you approach new ideas. One of our practical tasks during the second week of university was to run around campus to find various places in that we could win chocolate. My group didn’t win, we came second.....The practical was done in groups getting us to work with new people and communicating with each other which is quite important in this course and that’s what I love about it. There's something new in every class and that’s what most people would want really, something fun and interactive which helps to enhance your communication skills.

Social wise? Well, freshers' week was amazing! I became close with one of my flat mates and we now have a really good group of friends. I know that I can trust my flat mate and we take care of each other, it is really important to meet someone you can talk to about anything no matter the situation, especially when you’re living by yourself in a new city. The parties and SU events were amazing; socialising, dancing and just having a great time, is what it is all about really. There are a few factors you should take into consideration before and during fresher’s week, however. 

  1.  Know your limits (especially with drinking) – It's important to stay sensible and safe as you'll often be with people you have never met before in new locations.
  2. Be social! – Kind of obvious, but you want to get to know your flat mates as you will be seeing or spending time with them a lot, and it is good to make the effort. Also make the effort to be social with other people, whether they are in your halls, course or even at a party..... it might be awkward at first but that is the first stage to anything really.
  3. Stay in touch – Sure, freshers' week is amazing, being in a new environment with new people is really exciting; but don’t forget to reconnect with your family and friends before university. They are the people who made you are today and no matter what, at some point you will feel homesick.

There is so much more I could say but most of all just enjoy university. It has been an amazing few first weeks and I can't wait for what's still to come!