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Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow

I'm never quite sure how to start a post after a long blog break, apart from to say I'm back! So where did I go to? Well, I went to Hong Kong during the summer holiday, and since I didn't bring my laptop with me or schedule any posts, I didn't blog, hence my two month blog break. Apart from the extreme weather and the mosquitoes' love of biting me, I enjoyed my holiday in Hong Kong. Although I didn't do much compared to my last holiday, this holiday gave me a chance to relax and recharge, which was much needed especially after an intense second year and just before the crazy third year begins. Speaking of last year, it reminds me that I never really blogged about my last year's holiday in Hong Kong. So one thing I'll be doing in the upcoming months is blogging about this year's holiday as well as last year.

At the moment, I'm feeling rather nostalgic where I miss being a fresher. This weekend, I volunteered for the students union to help with the new students moving in. Talking to first year students reminded me that lost yet exciting feeling when entering university, a feeling which makes university fun. Also yesterday, I volunteered at Founders, where I used to live during my first year of university. Each time I enter Founders, it makes me smile as it brings back good memories of living there. I'm starting my final year soon, and I know it won't be long before I leave this university, so whenever I see places or hear things associated with first year, this sense of nostalgia evokes.

Speaking about freshers, I thought I'll give some helpful tips for anyone starting university. Everyone is on the same boat, and you're not the only one feeling lonely/lost or experiencing problems. It's your attitude and actions that will determine how great your university life will be. So get out of your comfort zone, go and meet new people, try and do something new. Make most of your first year having fun, because second and third year will get harder, and first year doesn't count (though you still need at least a pass and do reasonably well!). Final thing is to don't be afraid of making mistakes as this is how you learn, and things will get better even if it doesn't look that way.

What advice would you give to first year students? If you are first year students, how are you feeling now?

"Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be."

Founders
Founders, Royal Holloway, University of London

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