Hey there! I'm back as promised and I come bearing gifts; the first article of the Artemis series is here!

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This article will focus on the first week of university. Why? Um, because its numbero uno?

Okay, lets get straight into it! There are three things I want to address regarding the first week:

1. You Will Be Lost and That's Okay

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You will be so lost (both physically and mentally) that it will be like wondering through the Minotaur's labyrinth. And that's okay. Everyone is in exactly the same position as you are, its only the mindset to the situation that is different. So walk around with your head held high and chest out knowing that everything is a new experience and you're ready to embrace it.

Also, remember that not all losts are bad. For the first couple of days I was stressed out because I couldn't quickly get my bearings and felt so lost and confused. It was only when looking back did I realise I didn't have to rush, I could take things on my own pace. That it was fine to take my time, to get used to the massive change. I wasn't going to fail and get kicked out just because I didn't know every single thing the moment that I stepped onto the school ground. Believe it or not people are expecting you to enter knowing nothing— I mean come on! I entered my first lecture and my lecturer told us he expects us to know nothing about the degree we're about to take for the next three years!

2. Explore

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It will be the best time and possibly the only real free time that you will get a chance to just to wonder around freely with no intentions, commitments or destination. I spent my first week walking from one side of the university campus to the other, then explored its boarders discovering nearby shops, stalls and shopping centre. During lunch breaks I would head into town which was a 5-10 minutes bus ride from the campus and explored its streets. I found out what kind of shops and food places were around and awesome places to hang out.

(Being in a new place and without any of your friends gives you a lot of time to just look around! And I'm so glad that I did!)

3. Say Yes More

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We all have a bit of Gryffindor in us, so use it!

What I mean by this is to step out of your comfort zone. This could mean: saying yes to an invitation to have lunch with classmates/roommates when normally you would have declined, or gathering the courage to be the first to say hi to the person sitting next to you, or taking part in activities during freshers week (even if you are alone!). Just be more open to giving things a go. You only get one chance at your first week at university, don't regret not making the most of it.

On a more general note . . .

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In your first week— in your first month! just walk slowly and look up. And if you happen to stumble on the way, that's okay. Just get up and keep going with a smile on your face.

Thank you for reading and I hope it was helpful! I'll see you soon with a new article!

Love Artemis x

(Quick reminder: these are all just my experiences so far and advise I wish someone had told me which I now want to share. These may not be for some people and that's okay c: Life is about learning things first hand and one person's experience is not the same as another. So embrace your own journey.)

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