Settling in to University | Lifestyle

a photograph of a university dorm room; a floral duvet sits on a bed covered by a fluffy white blanket, white fairy lights just above it; a desk chair sits at a desk with a macbook on a table, in front of a noticeboard full of photographs
I have been at university for exactly nine days, and, so far, they have been nine pretty amazing days; it's been a pretty emotional roller coaster, plenty of unnecessary tears, lots of laughing, far too much alcohol, and some serious flatmate-bonding (with the odd dose of over-sharing).
I didn't get my internet up until yesterday (apparently my gorgeous new MacBook Air wasn't quite good enough for my university's special network requirements, and I had to order a cable for it), so there's been a disgusting lack of posting for the past week and a half (why does it always feel so much longer in the Blogosphere?), but I'm sure I'll be up to my usual frequency now that we've all settled down a little and actually have to start learning.
a noticeboard full of photographs sits above a desk with a macbook and some post-it notes on it
I was the first in my flat of eight students to contract the dreaded 'Fresher's Flu', which I have ungraciously passed on to at least three other people, but we've all soldiered on quite well, considering; the fact that I've made my way through an entire pack of Lemsip tablets in about three days probably helps matters.
fairy lights in the shape of flowers are alight
The above pictures are all from my new room - unsurprisingly, the fairy lights were the first thing to be unpacked, and one of my noticeboards is already packed with photos from home!
I'm actually dreading the first wave of homesickness, which hasn't quite hit me yet, but my mother's visiting next weekend so it'll probably be pure devastation when she leaves and I may well be inconsolable, who knows?

I hope everyone else who made the move either last week, like me, or the weekend that just passed, is settling in as well as I am to their new lives away from home, and that you're not all missing your hometowns too much.

To everyone who's 'been there, done that' - how did you cope with homesickness when you first left home? How did you cope with Fresher's Flu? And, most importantly, how on earth did you keep yourself awake during lectures after a serious night out?
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