Congrats on getting through Freshers week! I’m sure you’re feeling a mix of excitement and post-freshers blues. I’ve got a few tips to help you get off to a good start at BIMM.
Go To Your Classes
It’s easy to think that you won’t miss much in the first few weeks. But these initial classes are important! Aside from getting a lot of useful information, it’s a chance to get to know your classmates whilst you settle into the course. The first few weeks will give you a taste of what is to come and allow the dust to settle before you get down to the nitty gritty. You will get to know what experience your tutors have and if there’s an area you want to gain experience in.
Make use of Your Fresher’s Guides
Whilst you have the time, get out and see the city! No matter what BIMM city you are in, there will be something that piques your interest. You don’t have to do everything, but whilst you are settling in it’s a good idea to get to know your city.This doesn’t have to cost an insane amount, but it is a good opportunity to get a feel for how much things cost. Tweak your budget as you go. Finding things to do in a new city can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start! So, refer to the guides and ask people that know the city for recommendations.
Don’t Burn Yourself Out
This applies to both money and you. It’s important to get out and about, but you also need to look after yourself. Don’t blow all your money as soon as you get it, as you’ll be setting yourself up for stress further down the line. If there are specific things you want to do around town, plan them around your budget. Pace yourself. It’s important to take time to rest and chill out. If you burn through your budget and your energy, you will feel twice the crash. If you need any advice with money management, check out our guide to money management apps.
Eat the Good Stuff!
Look after yourself. Being healthy doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Make sure you’re getting a balance. Of course, treat yourself but don’t forget to eat your fruit and veg. Cooking for one can be tricky, so team up with your housemates or a friend to cook meals. Batch cooking will be your best friend, especially when you’re tired and can’t be bothered to cook. When you are cooking, make enough for several portions, then on a busy day the work is done for you. Pot noodles and instant meals may seem like a cheap and easy fix, but batch cooking will pay off in the long run. I highly recommend getting a student cookbook – these are particularly great for all dietary requirements and you can get them for cheap on eBay.
Make sure you give yourself time to do nothing. Whether you’re a busybody or someone who prefers to pace themselves, listen to what your body tells you, especially when it comes to rest. It is very easy to get caught up in nights out and exploring new places. But it is so important you give yourself some time off. Plan a night where you cook a nice dinner and settle down to watch a film. Or have a day where you just relax. You don’t have to fill all of your time.