Leaving school and starting college can be pretty daunting; it’s a new place to learn your way around, there’s new faces, new friends and a new way of learning for you to get used to. It can feel pretty overwhelming and a bit stressful, so KC have put together our top tips for starting college to help make it as easy as possible for you!
First off, relax and don’t worry about the nerves; everyone will be nervous (even the tutors), so we’re all in the same boat. We get nervous about all sorts of different things, but particularly when we’re doing something new for the first time, it’s part of being human. Remember, you’re not alone feeling like this, and it’s totally normal! You won’t be the only new student walking through our doors. Try and treat it like any other day, because soon it will be part of your routine, you won’t be the newbie forever! This is the first step towards your future, it would be weird if you weren’t even a little bit nervous!
Plan how you’re getting here; are you getting the train, the bus or are you close enough to walk? This is our second tip for starting college. Make sure you check the transport timetables and leave plenty of time to get here, you might even want to do a test-run just so you know where you’re going, what to look out for and how long it will take. This will also help your nerves as you’ll have already done the journey to college before your first day!
This might be a no-brainer, but getting into the habit of organising your bag the night before you’re in college for lessons really does save you some time in the morning! Make sure you’ve got your notepad, pens, a drink, your phone, your wallet and anything else you think you might need for the next day. That way you can just grab your bag as you go out the door, knowing you’ve got everything!
It’s a good idea to get into a routine before you start college; the past few years have been pretty tough when it comes to setting up a structure to our days, we’re all going to have to get back into the swing of early mornings and not living in our joggers! Start getting up earlier the week before you start college, that way it won’t be quite such a shock! It also helps to plan when you’ll be having your meals, when you’ll be spending time on assignments at home and obviously, make sure you have some time set aside to just relax! We also really recommend picking out your clothes the night before, we can’t tell you how much hassle this saves us in the morning!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! You’re going to get lost around college for starters, we all do. So don’t be afraid to ask someone! Our staff are the people walking around with purple lanyards, and if you need some advice, guidance or support, you can have a chat to our amazing Student Services team (they’re based in reception) Likewise, if you don’t think you’re on the right course, talk to a tutor or the KC careers advisors, we are all here to help!
You may already know people at Kidderminster College, you may have gone to school with them before! But now is a great time to make more friends. It can be a little daunting talking to new people, but you’ll already have something in common with them, you’ll be on the same course!
If you’re offered work experience – do it! If your course offers you a trip – go on it! If you want to be part of Learner Voice or student governor go for it! Here at KC we offer loads of enrichment activities, seminars and talks! Taking part in extra activities means your broaden your experiences at college and it also looks great on your CV, so keep an eye on the Enrichment Board!
Keeping on top of your mental health can be hard at the best of times! One of the best tips for starting college we can give you, is to look after your mental health. At #TeamKC, our priority is you, so we’re excited to announce that we’ve joined forces with @thefikaapp to provide all our staff and students with remote mental fitness support.
Created over two years with students, athletes, influencers, expert psychologists and academics. Fika is designed specifically to help students learn practical mental fitness approaches and hacks and how to apply them to their everyday lives so they can thrive whilst studying and beyond.
In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic Fika has created a dedicated series of programmes allowing students to learn from expert psychologists, other students, academics and professional athletes in five-minute video, audio and text programmes.
These are specifically designed to help combat the challenges of remote study and the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Programmes and audio guides cover topics including managing distractions and uncertainty, maintaining motivation and positivity, staying connected, self-care and healthy habits.
You can download it from the Apple App Store
You can download it for Android
Follow KC on Social Media; we update daily and it’s the quickest place to get access to all the latest news, announcements and what is going on at Kidderminster College!
We regularly update the KC Blog with all sorts of resources, articles and topics, so make sure you check up on it regularly. We’ve popped some links below on some of the posts we think might help as you with starting college in September
We’ve also got a few posts about how to manage your time and how to really get the best out of college:
We really hope that these tips help a little bit and get you planning ready for college! We can’t wait to meet you all in September!