How I survived my first month at uni

By Jordan Jacobs, November 8, 2012
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After an emotional goodbye, I am now a few weeks into my time on campus and finally feel I am settling in at university. The time has flown by and there have been many ups and downs.

Academically, law is challenging, hard work, and involves a lot of reading. I have so far bought five text books, costing more than £150, with more still to buy.

I miss my friends from the bubble of north west London. I often wonder if they are all having fun without me, and hope they haven’t forgotten me. Skype has become a necessity.

Life can be difficult. You seemingly can’t go to a restaurant without having a slab of bacon placed on top of your food, rendering it unfit for consumption. Nevertheless, there are lots of positives.

Although law is tough, it is “academically stimulating” (remember that for your personal statement when applying to universities in the future), and if you put the work in, it is rewarding.

I have a great set of flatmates. They seem to enjoy my dry, blunt sense of humour and the fact that I keep embarrassing myself.

There is also a great deal of diversity at Warwick. For the first time I have friends from Malaysia, Gibraltar and Colchester. Is it too soon to talk about arranging free holidays?

The Jewish aspect is also largely positive as the JSoc is active and welcomed the freshers, even if it was through a rather bizarre initiation ceremony [in which students were taken to a multi-storey car park, blindfolded, plied with vodka and told to run around].

My flatmates — including a non-religious, non-practicing Jew ‑ and fellow law students show interest by asking questions about Judaism and Israel, and I am happy to answer.

My first month has been exciting, chaotic and downright crazy — so far I love the university experience.

Jordan is 18 and from London. He is a Fresher at Warwick University.

    Last updated: 10:34am, November 8 2012