I loved student life whilst at university. Every new year was Freshers' Week for the new bunch of freshman who were attending university, just like I did, for the first time. In honour of Freshers’ Week 2013, I've looked at how you can positively apply the student mentality to adult life...
TAKE A CHANCE ON THE
BLOKE WITH WEIRD SHOES
The first rule of Freshers’ Week is to drop your guard and talk to everyone – even people you’re convinced you’ll have nothing in common with. But how can we shake off new-friend-making inhibitions as an adult? Use the office as an opportunity to talk to people who aren’t in your friendship tribe. If you’re making tea in the kitchen, don’t stare at the kettle, strike up a conversation with the colleague you don’t know well. You might just discover you have a shared interest and you never know what part they could play in your life.
EMBRACE YOUR INDEPENDENCE
I remember enjoying blowing my student loan on clothes during my first year, and living off cereal. As we get older though, the demands of modern life – work, life admin, chores – can make it feel like there’s little time to enjoy your independence. I think the more responsibility we get, the more we think we’re not free. But if you want freedom you have to be responsible enough to look after yourself. Book a massage or a night in watching your favourite box set. These aren’t luxuries because without time to yourself, you can get ill, stressed and angry, and those are the biggest barriers to freedom.
PUT YOUR HAND UP AND ASK A QUESTION
Remember how curious you were as a student? How the world was your oyster and you were going to find out everything there was to know about it?
This sense of curiosity can wane as the years roll by but it doesn’t have to be this way. As we get older there’s huge pressure to feel like we have to know it all. Remember it’s OK to ask questions. Have a childlike interest in life.
TAKE UP A NEW INTEREST
Freshers’ Week is about taking up new interests, so why not do the same now? I say, go to a dance class, sign up for a Spanish course, not because you want to become an expert but because of the possibility of having fun, meeting new people and learning something new.
And if living like a fresher has exhausted you for one week, you're bound to have had some fun along the way, even if all of the new people you met were a little odd, eccentric, or just down right weird.