Happy new year everyone, how are you and how was your winter break? The new year beginning means the start of the new semester creeping up on us. It’s time to start planning your coming back to uni checklist if you are coming back to campus, do not worry I will try make it as less stressful as possible! As a third-year student I have some tips and pieces of advice that you will hopefully find useful from what I have learned through the years, especially regarding the Aberdeen campus.
My first box in the checklist, due to recent events, is checking and arranging your vaccination/ necessary papers/ travel passport. Especially when travelling from abroad different rules apply for each country/ region, make sure in advance that everything is up to date and complies with all recent changes. Additionally, even if you are not travelling from abroad you may need to check paperwork at home. Moreover, an extra tip is to look frequently for changes in regulations in case you need to rearrange your trip or plan a COVID test. Coming back a few days earlier is always better as your room will most likely need cleaning and you will probably need some time to rest and enjoy fresher’s week.
The next box in the checklist is to check the Student Hub and MyTimetable. Have you looked at the classes you have and the ones you chose last semester, make all the necessary alterations, and plan your class timetable in advance? As you choose your classes for the second session it may be very helpful to see your other class choices or discuss with your friends to take a class together. You should also choose tutorial and laboratory slots for your courses of choice. An extra reminder to book a meeting or email your personal tutor if necessary and explore the opportunities the university and AUSA have to offer.
In addition, prepare for returning and pack accordingly. As winter is currently at its peak, you might need to bring warmer jackets than last semester or invest in some thermal wear. I will also suggest packing flu medication and snow clothes as well. Usually, homesickness is harder during the second semester, so I’d recommend packing something small that reminds you of your friends, family, or home. My tip here is to pack early so you will make sure you have not forgotten anything.
Good luck preparing for second semester, make sure to check your email for more updates and events, stay safe and I hope that you will make the most out of this list.