So you’re moving to a new city to study? (part one)
Starting a degree is exciting, but it can be pretty scary too. You’re likely to have moved out of your parent’s home for the first time. You’ll soon understand the meaning of the word debt. And you’ll need to learn how to use a microwave pretty quickly.
You’re also more than likely to be in a new city, and this can be pretty daunting. It takes time to work out which places are good/bad/ugly/safe/worth avoiding. And it takes time to make friends too.
So we thought we’d start our new blog for students and 20s by looking at 10 key things you should be thinking about if you’re moving to a new city to study.
Let’s start with the most important.
1. Find a church
Find one quickly. Don’t be one of those flaky types who tries out several dozen for 3 years, never finding one that’s “perfect”. Because a “perfect” church doesn’t exist. But some very good one’s do, and in them you will be cared for, challenged, fed and encouraged to grow as a Christian. Each has a different flavour. And each will probably have a midweek group where you can make friends, share life and pray together.
Once you find one, get plugged in. You will make friends with people. Some will be students who share the experience and challenges of living for Jesus on campus. Some will be older, and can share their experience with you. In a church, you will be able to connect with people of all ages and nationalities, and this is so important, as sometimes, just sometimes, student life can grate a little. At the very least you will get free food. Lots of it.
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2. Paracetamol is your friend
You will get fresher’s flu. It’s a fact of life. Paracetamol is cheap, alleviates the symptoms of this famous student lurgy, and will allow you to not spend fresher’s week in bed with a hot water bottle.
Andrew Kenyon 05/09/11
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