Being someone who’s not a huge fan of change, starting sixth form and A levels a few weeks ago has been a whole different ball game from the same old secondary I had been used to day in day out. Leaving all of my friends behind who were going onto do different things in different places also added to the uncertainty. Having said this, by the end of year 11 I was SO ready for a change, to move on, kiss goodbye to maths, P.E and whatever else and start new subjects that I had chosen and wanted to do! Those being photography, media studies and english language which I’m really enjoying so far. Photography is just fabbb, even if we have only just got properly started! Anyhow, now being just under a few weeks in (which is crazy enough) starting college is definitely an experience and although settling in has been tricky (a mix up of my timetable the other day didn’t help when I got told all my lessons had been changed, which is now resolved thank goodness- imagine! Haha) I’m pleased to say I am now feeling a lot more relaxed and am getting to grips with things and most importantly am making some lovely friends. Meeting new faces and teachers has been so nice. Once the cringey meeting everyone activities are over on the first few days and you start your proper lessons, it’s then where friendships blossom and it becomes easier! My college is also just down the road from where I live which is nice to be closer to home in my local town, unlike I was at my secondary.
Even though I faced the induction day on my lonesome before Summer which I enjoyed, actually starting college is the real deal where the work and being left to your own devices begins. I wanted to write this post for those of you who may be starting college next year to hopefully put your mind at rest and a bit of what to expect from my experience so far…
Nobody Cares What You Wear
Trust me. Before starting college I remember having a big sort out of my wardrobe and replacing the items I’d gotten rid of with a few new bits for college, quite a bit from Primark, New Look and ASOS! (See what’s currently in my ASOS ‘saved items.’)
I had visions of me having to wear a different outfit everyday else people would notice and that it would be like those non – uniform days at school where everyone would go wild being able to wear their own clothes, which I hated. Looking back I don’t know why I stressed so much. Honestly, even though you might think it, NOBODY cares what you are wearing. Everyone has their own individual style and it’s actually not against the law to wear the same jumper twice in the same week. There will be so many people feeling the same as you but just be yourself and after the first week or two, you will feel a lot more comfortable and you won’t even give what your wearing that day a second thought.
Staying Organised & Up to date is key
At college, like I mentioned, you are much more independent and it’s pretty much down to you. You have a lot more freedom but this also means you have to keep on track, organised and up to date with work. Doing your revision notes after the lesson might be worth doing as it will make coming to revise later a lot easier as you have already done half the work to lighten the load! A levels have a LOT more content than GCSE’s which I didn’t think was possible, but looking back, GCSE’s seem easy even though they were definitely not at the time. In Summer I picked up various stationary bits from mainly Wilkos and Tesco such as lever arch folders and A4 notepads which you will need at cheap prices. I have large folders for keeping at home to transfer all my work into (one for each subject) and smaller ones which I bring into college for day to day work. I’d definitely say start filing your work from the start! Say if I only have one subject that day however, I also have a small A4 pocket file that a few pieces of work or homework can go into that I bring so I don’t have any loose sheets in my bag and I don’t have to lug in a folder. Oh and also having a planner is also a good idea to note down homework, deadlines etc. So far I must admit, I haven’t been given a lot of work in the first few weeks, it’s just mainly been homework so don’t stress too much! It doesn’t all hit you at once.
You WILL make friends, despite the already established friendship groups
Like I mentioned, I started college going solo and at first it can seem like everyone already is established in friendship groups who they came with from their secondary but there will always be someone in the same position as you. For the first week I’d say I was hanging around with people who were in my form or I’d just tagged along with which can be difficult especially at lunch times but you do make your own friends soon enough! The friends you make might also have other friends which you will be introduced to etc.
Most importantly, HAVE FUN and enjoy your time there!
I hope those of you who have started college, uni or have gone into a different school year are getting on alright! Let me know how your doing cherubs!