Pre-University Nerves

Pre-University nerves – something that we are all told is completely normal and everyone will experience. University itself is something I have spoken about a few times on my blog, and whilst I am looking forward to starting my course in September, the sense of not-knowing is still very much there - whether that be not knowing the people, the place or the day-to-day life of a university student. As A Level results day rolled around this year in the UK, it has made me realise how close my university experience is to beginning. This filled me with a sense of excitement but also pre-university nerves.


What is important to remember is that nerves are normal and not always negative.  You can be nervous to move into a new house, but know it is your dream home and something you have worked hard for. You can be nervous to start school but know you will probably meet people who will be really good friends in your life and find subjects you’re passionate about. You can be nervous to start a job, but know that it is something you have always wanted to do and will be amazing at. There are so many times that you can experience nerves but know that the outcome of the situation has the potential to be positive. This is very much my feeling towards university at the moment – I am nervous to start but know that ultimately it has the potential to be an amazing experience that gives me (fingers crossed) a degree at the end of it.


So, with that being said, I am going to turn my nerves into positives – one by one. This is something I have found to be really helpful in the past. It makes my rational brain say to my nervous brain that everything is most likely going to be okay and allows my nerves to turn into excitement. I remember watching a TV programme once where someone spoke about how being excited and being nervous are very similar emotions, so if you can make the switch in your head, it can be really helpful. So, here is my list:

What I am nervous about

How this can be a positive

Making friends – will I be able to meet people who are like-minded and similar to me?I know that I love making friends. Everyone is in the same situation and looking to meet people. I can also join societies and clubs to find friends who are similar to me. Meeting people is fun, and I can potentially make life-long friends.
My course – have I chosen the right course? What if I don’t like the topics we cover?I have researched my course and know that it is something I am interested in. Also, I am probably not going to LOVE every aspect of the course which is perfectly okay, but I know that the subject itself is something I am really interested in and can’t wait to learn more about.
University itself – I have taken so long to decide if I want to go to university – is this definitely the right decision?Like I have said myself, it has taken me so long to come to this decision. So, in reality, I know I have thought through every potential option after school so should be confident in my final choice to attend university – try not to doubt your decisions!
Change – change is something I always find difficult, I hope I am able to adapt to the change of starting university well.Change is something I find difficult, yes, but I have always managed to adapt and end up ultimately loving whatever the change entails. Change can be scary, but also necessary and fun – look to the positives and take change in your stride.

Even writing this post and putting my list together has made me feel better about my pre-university nerves. Writing things down or speaking about things is something I think is really helpful! I have also spoken to some friends about this, who say they felt the same when they started university – which also made me feel better! So, if you – like me – are experiencing some pre-university nerves, know that it is completely normal and also completely okay to feel this way.

There is often a pressure for university to be “the best years of your life”, but try not to put too much weight on that. Try and take university and change in your stride (I am speaking to myself as well as you here haha)!


I hope that this blog post has been helpful to somebody who might be feeling the same as me. I would definitely recommend making your own list and speaking to the people around you to ease your pre-university nerves.

I would love to know your own feelings about starting university in the comments. Also, for those who may have already gone or know someone who has: what do you love about university? What are the positives and what would your advice be to someone who is experiencing pre-university nerves?

My main piece of advice is that pre-university nerves aren't a lonely experience - so many people feel the same and whilst that might not directly change your perspective, it should be comforting! Also, it is only by tackling nerves head-on that they will diminish and then the next time you approach something you are nervous about, it will be easier to achieve, because you will have overcome similar nerves before.


Thank you for reading!

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