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It can be a really daunting but also exciting time. If everyone gets on it's great but if not it can be awkward and uncomfortable.
Here are my tips on breaking the ice and making the year run smoothly....

1. Make an effort

Try to talk to everyone, don't be shy to introduce yourself and ask others about themselves.

2. Communicate

Exchange numbers so you can keep in touch regularly.

3. Have a communal area

A TV/ stereo to soften awkward silences but give you somewhere to congregate and talk. Be open minded everyone will be different and from different backgrounds try to embrace this.

4. Organise something

An evening out, cook together at home, go for a meal or walk. Organise something to all do together to break the ice.

5. Set ground rules

Especially if there is a lot of you it's important to have rules in place to save arguments later on for example, a bin rota/cleaning rota.

A meal my house mates and I made

 

Posing at Trafalgar SquareSo I've been in London a year now! AHHH that seems so crazy, time has gone so fast. Anyway, my knowledge of London is actually quiet shameful. Last week a friend of mine from Ireland was over in London for work and we both had an afternoon off so we met up in central. We'd be walking around and he would come out with things like "Let's walk through Soho"...I was being brought around like a tourist, I had no idea how little of London I'd seen, not only that but how poor my knowledge is of London. Many places we walked through, I had been but I didn't know what they were called...."Oh so this is Hyde Park" (me). Hahaha, I told you shameful.

My friend was pretty shocked but in my defence, I was very busy last year, and it does cost money to get in and out of central. Anyway I've made a plan, which I'm sharing with you, to help me see more of London throughout this next year:

First things first: Go to the library and borrow a tourist book! This genius thought just popped into my head a few days ago!

Next: Arrange meet ups with friends in central London.

Next: Read more London news. Online I've bookmarked pages like timout, skiddle and the nudge. Put any of these into google yourselves and see what's on. I've also signed up to them.

Hopefully by this time next year I will be able to expertly host London to my visiting friends.
waiting for the tubeSo this is Hyde Park! A London selfie

 

The univeristy app is really usefulAfter a long summer of sun and fun it's hard to get back into the mood for university. So here are some things I would do to get motivated and stay motivated.

Make sure you are organised, get yourself into a routine and source the things you need such as books, pens, print lecture slides, make a timetable and download the university app, etc. Aim to have this done no later than the second week of university, it makes life so much harder when you don't know if you are coming or going!

I'm addicted to these kinds of books! During my first week back I had refresher training for my Student Ambassador job and there was a great talk about goal setting and how it's a great idea to set small goals often with time scales and to regularly assess your progress.

I would also suggest making a vision board and filling it with things you want to achieve and goals you have for the year e.g. what grades you want to get, things and anything else that inspires you to succeed. Place it somewhere that you will see it daily or make a point of looking at every morning, it should help to keep you motivated and on track. I'm in the process of making mine now!

Ways to relax are also important The vision board and goal plan will definitely help to motivate you but if you're looking for even more motivation and are feeling a bit down in the dumps about all the work load which has recently been bestowed upon you or just feeling a bit fed up in general, I would recommend reading an inspirational and positive book ! I'm a bit of an addict when it comes to these kind of things so here are some suggestions.

Lastly relaxation is also important because with a clear and relaxed mind you will find revision, reading and succeeding so much easier. I usually relax with candles and my favourite relaxation app!

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