My first day of University!

How I Handled My First Day of College

I’m currently writing this at the end of my third week, and I must say that, on the whole, it has been a pretty good experience so far! My first day went really well which surprised me because, in the month leading up to it, I really psyched myself out. I was so worried that I wouldn’t make any friends, that the work would be too hard, that I wouldn’t be able to adjust to the new environment. Safe to say that none of my worries have happened! What a relief! I know lots of you out there will be in the same boat as I was, scared to go to university, wondering what it’ll be like. So here is an hour by hour look at my first day of college.

My first day of University!
So I am officially a university student!!

Timetable For My First Day

8.28am Wake up and shower. I don’t really spend too long getting ready in the morning, just shower, throw some clothes on and brush my hair. Unfortunately, I am too lazy to spend any more time than that. As long as I look decent I don’t mind. I envy those of you who can put the time and effort into looking good in the morning!

9 am Breakfast time! I had some muesli with tinned peaches and a hot chocolate. Breakfast has always been my favourite meal of the day so I always make sure to give myself plenty of time to enjoy it.

9.30am Left for the university. It takes ten minutes to get to class, and the walk was completely uphill, so I was pretty tired when I arrived!!

9.40am Arrived at the university. I expected to start chatting to people and make a few friends before my lecture started. This didn’t happen. Instead, I just stood there awkwardly. Not a great start!

10 am I was expecting an easy lecture….nope! Political science first and the lecturer went straight into it.  I found I really had to focus to keep up, and didn’t get all the notes down. The lecturer made it clear that he was taking note of those who was contributing, so I tried to get involved in the debate. I came out of that lecture feeling very overwhelmed, but I did really enjoy it!!

11 am Study Time! I went to the library to catch up on the notes I didn’t get and to clarify things I didn’t understand, so I felt caught up by the time I finished. Really enjoyed working in the library, especially since I didn’t really have time to go back to the hall between my lectures.

12 pm My second lecture was anthropology. Again I didn’t talk to anyone before we went into the lecture theater, which was disappointing. However, I ended up chatting for a bit to the guy I was sitting beside, who was quite nice. Anthropology seems quite chilled so I am looking forward to it. Left that class feeling better!

1 pm Back to the hall for lunch. It was such a relief to return to the hall amongst people I knew. I hadn’t seen any of my friends while at university so we all caught up on how our day had been so far.

2.10 pm My final lecture of the day was International Relations. I finally had a breakthrough in terms of my search for friends, in which I got to know the girl beside me pretty well.

3 pm Back to the library to do some study and make sure I understood all of the content well. I love the comfort of the library and although it is a bit busy in the afternoons, it is a great place to get some study done.

4 pm After finishing off my study at the library, I headed over to the gym. I only had time for a short workout, but it was so good to push myself.

5 pm Back to the hall for tea. As usual, the line was long, which gave us plenty of time to catch up.

6 pm No one had any study yet so we decided to watch a movie and just chill.

10 pm Headed back to my room and got ready for bed. Since I am in a long distance relationship, I always spend a few hours before bed texting my boyfriend. This gives us plenty of time to talk properly since we are both too busy during the day. Anyone else in a long distance relationship? Comment down below, I would love some tips on how to manage our relationship!

12 am Sleep time

It is crazy how quickly you adjust to a rhythm. I have loved my experiences so far. Looking back now, I find it so strange that I was so worried about going to university. I have an amazing group of friends, I love the stuff I am learning and I love my new city. Bring on the rest of the year!

My first day of University!
So I am officially a university student!!

Cheers Alura xx

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Here is my experience with move in day and the tips that will help yours run smoothly

Tips for College Move In Day

Today the day that I was both dreading and looking forward to arrived. College move in day. I am a rather shy individual myself so I was far more worried about the social side of things than actually the unpacking part. I was so worried that I only turned up an hour before the first meeting. Desptie this it actually went pretty well and I’m feeling happy about today! Read on below to hear my move in day experience and let me share my tips and tricks that I learnt.

Here is my experience with move in day and the tips that will help yours run smoothly
Move in day can be scary. Here’s how I handled it

Pre Move In Day Jitters

Everyone has them. Especially me! This morning I was looking at heaps of confidence pins and move in day stuff on Pinterest. The moving in was not what worried me, it was all the scary social stuff that comes from not knowing a single person in your hall! When these strike, its best to just take your mind off it. Go have breakfast for your family, do some exploring in town, read a book you like or a YouTube video you find funny. Just don’t dwell on your nerves. Trust me. It’ll go okay!

When to Arrive

Blogs often say to arrive as early as possible. I get that some of you might need all the time to unpack, but personally I didn’t! While I was originally planning to give myself two full hours to unpack rather than one, I found I got most things done in the first half hour.

Think about how much time you need before you come. Some people liked to unpack early then leave to get stuff and have lunch, which was probably a better option. Discuss with your move in buddies (in my case it was my parents) a way that will allow you to get everything done in a low-stress environment. Personally I did not want to be stuck in my room with only my parents for company for six hours! There is also plenty of time to finish unpacking later, so I wasn’t too worried

Transporting your gear

For those using a car to get to Uni, your experience will be very different to mine. I had no choice but to fly to uni, which meant packing everything into three suitcases. This made my move in very simple. All we had to do was pull the suitcases into my room, and voila. All done. It was very lucky I was on the ground floor though, otherwise it would not have been this simple!! Really pitied those who had to make tonnes of trips with boxes. Not fit enough for that!

Most of you will use boxes to get to Uni. But don’t be afraid to use suitcases either. Just try and ensure that your family can take them back when they leave, otherwise there isn’t much room!

Unpacking

This was relatively quick for me cause I didn’t bring much stuff with me. Always scout around the room before you start unpacking, so you know what you want to go where. This saves unpacking stuff, only to transfer it somewhere else a few minutes later. Try and make things tidy, fold clothes and arrange products, which makes the room instantly more comfortable. Don’t worry if you don’t get it all done right away, there will be time later!

Decorating

I will be continuing to add to my dorm room throughout the year to personalise it. At the moment I am really jealous of those who decorated their room at the beginning. Photos and cool quotes can really brighten a room and make it feel more like home.

Socialising

This was, by far, the part I worried about the most! How would I talk to people? What if they didn’t like me? What if everyone else formed groups except me?

I can assure you now, and I know you won’t believe me, but it does go okay! Not super amazing, met my best friend for life, but I am happy with how it went and there are lots of people I want to pursue closer friendships with.

Tips for Socialising

  1. Leave your dorm room open –now this one wasn’t particularly effective for me since there were only a few people on my floor. It did mean that when it got closer to meal times, I would see someone leaving and ask to join them. An open door is also a great way to know that someone wants to chat!
  2. Work out who you want to approach – As a shy introvert, I found myself most comfortable approaching the girl sitting by herself. In turn we attracted a fair number of other girls which was pretty fun! I also knew I wanted to get to know the people on my floor, so I approached a couple of them and they all seem pretty friendly. Lets hope I get a few friendships there!
  3. Talk to other people too! This was a learning curve for me, cause I decided to not approach a girl walking beside me because she seemed a bit intimidating. Five minutes later she joined my conversation with another guy and it turned out that we had the same major! So lesson learned! Approach everyone.
  4. Get out there-its all about going up and chatting with people. Ask the typical questions (Where are you from? What is your major?) and be super smiley and open. There was one girl I approached who seemed okay, but she kept her arms crossed the whole time! Not a great vibe.
  5. If it doesn’t work out, you have time- You aren’t going to find your BFF on the first day. So relax, and if you’ve made a few connections, then great!
Here is my experience with move in day and the tips that will help yours run smoothly
Move in day can be scary. Here’s how I handled it

So yeah my first day went pretty well and I’m excited for what the future will hold! I was really scared beforehand, but it all turned out well. What was your move in day like? Let me know in the comments down below!

Cheers, Alura

Starting a blog was always a bit daunting. Heres how I decided to start a blog

Why I Finally Started A Blog: My Totally Relatable Story

 

As much as I enjoyed reading blogs, the idea of starting my own blog was always a bit daunting. Here is the totally relatable story of why I finally started a blog, and the list of attributes that I decided would help me succeed.

 

Starting a blog appeared daunting. Here is why I decided to start my own
The reasons why I chose to start my blog and the checklist that motivated me to do it.

 

The Upbringing

As the oldest of four children, I have always been the test child. The first in the family to do anything, with very little assistance and help from older people who have recently succeeded in whatever I was attempting to do. I was the one who had to struggle through it alone, often with my parents who were equally as anxious and often more clueless as to what I was attempting.

After surviving these changes, I would then have to sit and watch my younger siblings easily navigate the world with my parents who were now much more skilled. Not particularly fair.

 

The Love

It is during these times of stress and uncertainty that I first began to look at blogs as a way to understand whatever world I was about to step into, and never has my search been more frantic, as my last year of high school as I tried to plan for my future life in university.

And let me tell you, blogs have been a lifesaver. Any question I wanted to know, I could just search for information on the subject. These were very useful!

 

The Call to Action

The only issue was, they were, more often than not, written by American students.

Now don’t get me wrong, these students still gave me a wealth of knowledge. But as a girl coming from a small town in New Zealand, a lot of what they said either wasn’t applicable, or impossible to implement myself.

Examples include Amazon Prime for Students, countless scholarships only available in the USA, and multiple discounts, products and stores that I had never even heard of, much less be able to utilise.

I have yet to find, much less enjoy, a successful New Zealand girls blog (let me know in the comments below if you have found one and I’ll make sure to read it)

Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my time on these blogs, and loved sitting down with a chai latte and reading through the latest posts, usually via Pinterest. These blogs boasted stories of successful college girls showing the lives they lived and the goals they have achieved. Going into my first year of university I was determined to get out there and started doing what I wanted to do with my life. And one of those dreams was to start a blog.

 

My Plan

I sat down and wrote a list of attributes I thought would help me succeed in my quest to begin a blog.

  • A Regular Time Commitment-I am well known for being excellent with my time management
  • Organisation Skills-not quite so renowned, but I just bought a fancy customised planner so I’m hopeful.
  • English Proficiency-Well I did get an excellence endorsement in English at school.
  • A love for reading and writing-I have been an avid book lover/ wannabe author since I was five.
  • Content Ideas-This might be a bit harder to achieve but I’m notoriously creative
  • Design skills-five years of digital media at high school should do the trick.
  • Some idea about what I was doing-Yeah nah not much of that. But hey, that’s what trusty blogs were for.
  • A small amount of money to invest-This one was difficult. I am completely broke!!Did I have these things? Meh sorta. But where there is a will, there is sometimes a way. And at the end of the day you will only know if you try.

Did I have these attributes? Well not all of them…..but I was eager to learn and determined to try.

 

The Challenge

Now that I had this idea, I had to try and follow through. Somehow. Not gonna lie, it is a pretty daunting task when you’re starting out! Especially as I was about to begin my first year at university so I would be super busy anyway!

Once you pay the money there is no going back. So I signed up for a WordPress blog, paid my super cheap fee and instantly began googling blogging tips.

Will I make tonnes of money? Nah.

Get famous? Let’s hope not!

I am just keen to have fun with this blog and see where it takes me.

 

The reasons why I chose to start my blog and the checklist that motivated me to do it.

 

The Success Story

This blog is still just a work in progress. However I can promise you that the fun is just beginning. Wish me luck guys! Lets see what we can achieve together.

Cheers, Alura xx