Regardless of your age or life experience, starting university for the first time can seem a little daunting.

Getting to know an unfamiliar campus, making new friends, grappling with complex ideas, juggling responsibilities – it can all feel a little overwhelming at times.

Here's the good news: you’re not alone in feeling this way. And while there's a lot to get used to, adjusting to change is also an important life lesson.

Most students manage to move past their reservations and come out the other side stronger, smarter and more skilled at handling life's pressures. Plus they've also had the experience of their lives.

Your network of new friends await

Everyone feels at least a little nervous, awkward, and out of place in the beginning.

Yes, there will be a handful of people who glide through university life effortlessly and confidently, seemingly making friends with half the campus by the end of their third day. Don't worry about them.

Most people feel a bit uncertain when they first go to university – it's a major life transition after all. Remember, everyone is there to learn and grow. Be ready to accept people and branch out of your comfort zone.

Helpful hints

Here's some advice on how getting off on the right foot:

  • Get involved! Attend Orientation, strike up a conversation, go to social events and see what works. 
  • Take the initiative to spend time with people you seem to click with.
  • Keep making plans and hang out with people you get along with and see where the budding friendship goes.
  • If you live on-campus, get to know the people in your college or residence.
  • If you live at home or off-campus get involved in campus life and make the effort to spend time with people face to face.
  • Take advantage of volunteering and mentoring opportunities.
  • Join any clubs, societies and sporting teams where you may share a common interest with a group of people.

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