10 Oct 2013

University: First Impression

Being brutally honest here, moving out for university is hard - in fact the whole experience of starting university is hard.

I always knew that moving away to go to university would be a massive change but I don't think I realise just how massive it would be. Moving out totally knocked me for six. I'm not going to lie, I'm quite dependent on my parents - I mean I'm capable of doing my own washing and I can cook and clean but I just like to be around them. They're my security blanket I guess.

To be thrown from home comforts in to an alien city living with six girls that I had never met before was a bit of an intense situation to say the least. I'm lucky in that my flatmates are absolutely lovely, I've heard some nightmare stories about horrid flatmates freezing people's cutlery in bowls of water... but that's definitely not the case in my flat. I've been quite lucky with my accommodation, I was pretty worried about it because the accommodation shown on the open day wasn't the nicest, but mine is actually quite decent. If you fancy having a peek at my room I posted a little room tour on Friday.

Homesickness got me and it got me good. I constantly felt so sick that I couldn't eat and barely slept, I dreaded having to go back to Aberdeen after being at home for a few days and I cried almost constantly. It was a time where all I wanted was to be at home with my family. In my first two weeks in Aberdeen I spent the bulk at home which I think made my homesickness worse when I did eventually go back up. For me I think a big factor was the fact that my classes hadn't started yet and I didn't really have anything to do. After I'd met more people, made some friends, had my first induction, joined some societies and explored the area I started to feel a lot better. Having things to do seems to make the world of difference and I'm starting to feel a lot happier and more comfortable here.

Obviously it's totally normal to feel homesick and everyone is in the same boat, but I think I didn't quite expect that level of homesickness which probably made me feel even worse. At the end of the day I'm glad I moved, my course is amazing and the opportunities it's providing are priceless. Aberdeen might never feel like 'home' but I'm sure in time I'll learn to love it like I love Glasgow. 

Plus the shops are pretty good.

I knew that starting university would be a massive change seeing as I'd been doing pretty much nothing since February time but I completely underestimated the work load. I'm lucky in that I don't have a very intense timetable however a fair bit of my course involves work outside of classes. In comparison to other courses I really don't have that much to do, but I think it's just the sudden change after a pretty easy first couple of weeks that's making it seem like a hell of a lot more than it actually is.

Basically, the moral of this post is - homesickness is normal, have fun, get out there and work hard. It'll be worth it in the long run!


  1. I'm glad you're finding it a bit better now - I found my first year ridiculously hard and it was only in third year that I really enjoyed it :) xx

  2. Glad to hear you're feeling a bit more settled now and hope you come to love your university experience more and more!x

  3. What did I tell you? ;)

    And the shops are good?!?! I'd take Glasgow shopping anyday! haha.

  4. Have fun Charlotte! I've never experienced Uni - just personal reasons but grab every opportunity & don't have any regrets ;) had a nosey at your room tour & it's lovely - bet it's like having your mini appartment lol. Don't worry your parents will be there or just a phone call away plus the train journey isn't that far either :)
    Just absorb all the emotions you will experience & you'll be fine :)

  5. Glad you're feeling better now! Of course it would be scary in the beginning, but starting school and being busy definitely helps keep your mind occupied and luckily it's made you much happier! Good luck with your course this year~


  6. 'Capable of doing my own washing' - Hmmmm, not seen any evidence to support this statement. xxx

  7. Hope your enjoying your course to! xo


  8. I constantly felt homesick when I started at Uni too. Even today at the grand old age of 22, I'm very much a family person and I mostly hated missing out on things happening at home, and to be honest, I didn't try very hard to socialise with my flatmates at first! Once my course started and Freshers was in full swing, I finally lightened up and haven't looked back since, one of my first year flatmates is now one of my best friends too! x

  9. I'm hopefully going to uni in September and I'm not going to lie, I'm terrified about getting really homesick and hating it...this post has made me feel a lot better! Also, I've tagged you in the Liebster Award too at http://www.katieemay.co.uk/2013/10/leibster-award-take-2.html I'd love to hear your answers

    katie may xoxo

  10. Glad you're settling in more now! Have you joined NEBE by the way? There's a blogger meet tomorrow if you fancy it :) https://www.facebook.com/NorthEastBloggerEvents?fref=ts x

  11. It is always hard moving away from home when starting Uni, but i'm really glad you are starting to like it. It took me a good few months to adapt to the university but it is a great experience.

    Good luck & I look forward to reading more about it all :)

  12. really lovely to see such an honest post! i'm only in year 11 so have a little while yet but it's great to hear someones views on uni. i can only imagine how homesick i'll be! i've only just discovered your blog and you seem so lovely - really hope you settle in well and have a great time! followed you on bloglovin btw:)
    lily x

  13. I moved to another city for my first year of uni this September too! Luckily the first few weeks of uni I was really busy so I didn't really get chance to feel homesick but it has caught up with me recently. I'm glad you're feeling better though :) x

    Hannah @ cutesfruits.blogspot.co.uk


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