So, it’s been a while now and here I am assignments done and exams coming up. It’s a stressful time but everyone goes through it. Here are some of my recommendations for getting through the winter months:
- It’s getting darker earlier and colder so not too good if you’re used to sunny weather. Just remember to plan ahead, because I didn’t and I’ve had to buy jumpers, scarfs, hats, gloves… so yes, even though September isn’t too cold once December hits it’s freezing.
- December here at university is also revision, revision, revision… The noise in halls is a bit unpleasant when trying to study but as a last resort there is a 24hr computer room that is available to all students. This is brilliant if you need one of those nights with no sleep and like 60 coffees
- People are still going out but if you’re like me and prefer to stay in don’t worry. The university has loads of different clubs and socials you can join One of the most common ones for international students is the International Café which takes place every Wednesday at the FCH chapel. It’s a great way to meet new people and make friends. While sipping a nice hot chocolate, and gives you plenty of time to study.
- If you’re an older student, from personal experience, I do recommend looking for a house if you can before coming to university instead of halls. I think it’s the one mistake I made because I’m now living with 18 year olds when I’m 22 so it isn’t what I expected and I would recommend attending a house-hunting event Especially because you can meet people before moving in.
- December is also a good time to get involved with UK Christmas culture and food as it may vary depending on where you’re from. For example, something new to me has been mince pies or mulled wine. A good place for this is the Cheltenham Christmas market, located on the promenade about 5 minutes from FCH.
- Another recommendation is to book your Christmas flights well in advance to be able to get the best rates but do remember to book these around you’re lectures, assignments, exams… if you’re not too sure you can always talk to your personal tutor beforehand. I’m really excited to go home as it’s only a week now until I get to see my family. The hardest thing for me has to be being separated from my loved ones.