Preparing to go to University - Campus - University of Derby

Preparing to go to University

First of all well done.

You've passed your exams, you've made the difficult choices and you're about to become a university student. So much pressure is now heaped on students to get to university that many of us take for granted just what an achievement this is. Most people still do not make it into Higher Education. You have. So take a moment to congratulate yourself on succeeding already.

You may be feeling a mix of emotions as you get closer to the start of your university career. You may be excited, nervous, scared, upset or you may feel none of these things at all. There is no right way to feel. We each have our own ways of approaching major changes in our lives. But it is important that we find ways to successfully manage these changes.

We know that academic success depends as much on how well someone adapts to university life as it does on academic ability.

The pages and links on this website provide you with lots of practical advice and guidance on how to best ensure that your university career is successful. Please take some time to read through the contents of this site and bookmark it for the future. Even if you think that you do not need the advice right now it may be useful to you at some time during the course of your study.

If you are concerned about your ability to cope with the pressures of university life support is available for you. Find out what support is available and how to access it.

There are some simple steps that you can take to make sure that the process of going to university is as smooth as possible. This section outlines some of these preparatory steps with links for further information and advice.