“All right, let’s go around in a circle. Everyone say your name and one fact about yourself!”
Cue the existential crises.
Introductions can be overwhelming when you’re still figuring out who you are. Remember that everyone in first year feels the way you do – everyone is scared, and everyone is still trying to figure out what they’re doing (no matter how put-together and prepared they may seem).
The first few weeks of university are special. You can start fresh and introduce yourself to as many people as you want. Going up to random groups of people in the dining hall or at activities is normal, and very welcome. You may never have this opportunity again, so make sure you take advantage of it!
The following are some of my favourite inspirational quotations that relate to meeting new people, beginning a new chapter in your life, and simply being yourself. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to make the most of the first chapter of your university experience!
Scare the world: Be exactly who you say you are and tell the truth. Iain Cain Thomas
There’s a lot of unspoken pressure to keep liking the things you used to like and to keep dressing the way you’ve always dressed and to never question what you believe in, and basically “be yourself” has slowly morphed into “be what everyone knows you as,” but trust me when I say if you just give it up and simply make decisions and take actions based purely on what would make you happy, you’ll gain a very comforting sense of self peace. anonymous, tumblr.com
An amazing thing happens when you stop seeking approval and validation: You find it. People are naturally drawn like magnets to those who know who they are and cannot be shaken! Mandy Hale,Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see. Wayne Dyer
Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out. You’re curious and smart and bored, and all you see is the choice between working hard and slacking off. There are so many adventures that you miss because you’re waiting to think of a plan. To find them, look for tiny interesting choices. And remember that you are always making up the future as you go. Randall Munroe
Connect with people who remind you of what you truly are. Ralph Smart
Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all. Nathan W. Morris
Believe in anything. Believe in everything. Open every book and look around every corner. You’ll never look like this or move like this or think like this again. Enjoy it while it lasts or hate every second. But feel. Feel every damn thing. M.S.at absurdology.tumblr.com
For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over. Scott Fitzgerald
See you soon, Vic Ones!