From Tea to Degrees: Your Leicester University Preparation Checklist
Article writen by: Miley
Hello future Foxes! If you're reading this, congratulations! You've successfully navigated the labyrinth of applications, the gauntlet of personal statements, and the siege of exams to earn your place at the prestigious University of Leicester. Buckle up, because your journey is about to get even more exciting.
Here are ten 'must-dos' to ensure you’re primed and ready for your first step into Leicester’s hallowed halls. So grab a cup of tea, take a deep breath, and dive in!
1. The 'Spot the Library' Scavenger Hunt
You might think this one is obvious, but trust us, David Wilson Library has a sneaky habit of playing hide and seek with new students. It's worth familiarising yourself with its location, as it's bound to be your second home for the next few years. Pro tip: look for the building that looks a bit like a spaceship that's been zapped with a shrinking ray.
2. Practice Your ‘Oh, I Thought This Was the Kitchen’ Face
You’ll use this expression often in the early days of navigating student housing. The struggle of finding your way to the kitchen for that midnight snack is real! Don’t worry though, by the end of the first week, you’ll be gliding through the corridors like a pro. Bonus points if you actually stumble into the laundry room but carry on as if nothing happened. Your housemates will be too busy doing the same thing to notice!
3. Develop an Inexplicable Obsession with the Fox
This will come naturally, but why wait? Start early! Look at photos, learn random fox facts, or get a fox plushie. The Leicester Foxes are a big part of university life, and you'll soon find yourself cheering for every fox sighting. Don't be surprised if your love for this adorable creature outlives your university years.
4. Practice Saying 'Yes' (and sometimes 'No')
University life is rich with experiences and opportunities. Get in the habit of saying 'yes' to new things - whether it’s joining a society, attending events, or trying a bizarre fusion cuisine. But remember, it’s equally important to learn to say 'no' when you need time for yourself. Balancing your social and academic life is the true art of being a student.
5. Master the Art of Procrastibaking
Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like – procrastinating by baking. This is a skill you will inevitably pick up, so why not start early? It will not only win you friends (because who can resist freshly baked cookies?) but will also give you an excellent excuse when deadlines loom. "Sorry, couldn't finish the essay, was too busy perfecting my Victoria sponge."
6. Stalk – erm, Research – Your Coursemates
Let's be clear, we're not encouraging actual stalking here! But in the age of social media, it’s not unusual to join course-specific Facebook or WhatsApp groups and get to know your future coursemates a little bit. Not only does this make the first day less intimidating, but you can also split the costs of textbooks, share lecture notes, and have an instant study group.
7. Start a Love Affair with a Good Cup of Tea
This is Leicester, after all. Get your hands on some British tea and try to figure out your favourite blend. You’ll be surprised how many debates, friendships, and late-night study sessions are fueled by this magical brew. Remember, the ultimate British test is determining whether the milk or the tea goes in first!
8. Prepare for Weather Roulette
You’re about to experience the full spectrum of British weather, often within the space of a single day. Your preparation must therefore include raincoats, wellies, sunscreen, and snow boots. Mastering the art of layering is crucial here. Dressing for a blizzard in the morning and a heatwave in the afternoon is a rite of passage at Leicester University. Remember, in Leicester, there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!
9. Become a Master of Multitasking
At university, multitasking takes on a whole new level. You will learn to cook while studying, clean while partying, and, for the truly gifted, sleep while attending a lecture. Not that we're endorsing that last one, of course! Pro tip: rehearsing flashcards while making your morning tea is a good way to start.
10. Pack Your Spirit of Adventure
Lastly, the most important thing you need to bring to university is your spirit of adventure. It's about learning, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and embracing everything Leicester has to offer. Yes, there might be a few bumps along the way, but remember, the funniest stories don't come from things going perfectly!
There you have it, future Foxes - your ten-step guide to surviving and thriving at Leicester University. So as you prepare to step into this new, thrilling chapter of your life, remember to take a moment to appreciate how far you've come. After all, not everyone can claim they're about to become a part of the extraordinary Leicester family.
Good luck, and see you on campus! Until then, keep practicing your 'lost in the corridors' face - you're going to need it!