The highs and lows of life as a fresher

Oct 4, 2013
It's almost two weeks since I moved down to Royal Holloway and I'm still overwhelmed by the idea of university life. Living on campus is a strange yet exciting experience. Luckily, I was given my first choice of accommodation, the Founder's building. The reason why I chose Founders was that it's probably my only chance to live in such a beautiful historic building, not to mention it was the cheapest option as well. Also, Founders has a nickname of 'Hogwarts' because of the Harry Potter-esque feel. The food here is surprisingly good and affordable for catered students like me. Besides, there's a great diversity of people here and it's cool to meet people from different backgrounds.

At the same time, I'm not really enjoying my time at university, which is pretty depressing. I miss my family and friends, but I know I shouldn't be complaining. I mean there are international students traveling far from their family and friends, and it's harder for them to go home whereas I can go anytime. Also, I try my best to make friends, but it's the most awkward thing in the world, especially with remembering people's names and faces. Although people are generally nice here, I don't seem to click or fit in with them. I hate how I feel like I'm being someone who I'm not. Basically, to sum this up, I feel lonely sometimes and I suck at making new friends.

Seeing second and third-year students having a good time makes me wonder whether this situation will improve but so far I can't see that happening. I hope I will meet the right group of people and that university life will get better.

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't."

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