Sad, funny, heartwarming, entrants told their story of their first day at university. People were then asked to vote on their favourite story.

For the September student of the month we wanted to hear all about your first day at University. A big thank you to all participants. Some of the stories were incredibly moving. But there can only be one winner. Congratulations Soheila Fazeli!

1st place: Soheila Fazeli, Middlesex University

My name is Soheila Fazeli and I am an Iranian,I was studying at MSc medical microbiology in Middlesex university ,At the first day of my studying,I was very excited, since I finally made it to the university in London that I had always dreamed about it. However I was quite stressed because English was my second language and I knew it wouldn’t be easy to communicate with other students and understanding them properly .At induction day I met my supervisor and classmate who were native speakers with strong accent and I couldn’t understand their accent so I couldn’t make any friend at the first couple of week . Studying in a university was full of pressure. In class, the professors talked quite fast, and I had to note down necessary things by my own. If I did not read the text books at home, so it would be very hard for me to follow the lectures and understand the lessons. Moreover, I was so overwhelmed by the workload that I had with many individual assignments, group works and works and research. Also, besides the academic requirement, I had to meet the requirement of extra activities. All these things made me felt so stress and depressed. Fortunately, I finally made things better. First, I tried to calm myself down and asked for advices from some of my professors. Thank to their help, I could manage my time better and got all the works finished smoothly. Also, I joined in my university social network on the internet. This network was very helpful, since we could make friends and shared our knowledge and experiences. When I eventually managed to settle myself in university life, I found that it is enjoyable and I found so many close friends at Uni .There is a quote that “No one makes a lock without a key; that’s why God won’t give you problems without solutions.” Negative feeling in first days at university is not a serious problem without solutions. Keep calm and try to deal with it, and then the problem can soon be solved.

2nd place: Ajebowale Roberts

My first day didn’t go as bad as what I thought it would. I had broken my arm that summer and still In a cast. I had made the best effort to look half decent as I’m on a fashion course. I was nervous. Sweating and excited all at the same time. When I got there I couldn’t even join in any of the induction activities, I couldnt write any notes or do anything. I got a lot of sympathy and the most chilled day just telling the gruesome story of how I broke my arm.