So many of you will have started the new school, college, university, job, whatever it is that you’re starting, which can be daunting as it is. Whilst it has been a while for me to have a first day of anything, it does bring a few things back for me growing up.
To go from one routine to a whole new one for the new academic year can be a difficult change. I think it was always about preparation. I know my mum would usually spend the last two weeks of the summer school holidays sorting everything out beforehand. Uniforms, new school bag, scheduling, the whole gig. I don’t really recall at any point having any kind of a meltdown like many would understandably have. Probably nerves here and there but I suppose I pretty much went to same place from the ages of six to nineteen, I got used to it. What helped was because we had to go to school by taxi, we didn’t have to have the worry of planning a route to school. Plus, the journey was always the same route so you kinda knew what to expect. Unless there was a traffic then we end up on another route which I also got used to. It wasn’t so long ago we were driving by my old route and it all comes back to me. It’s funny how I can reconisge where I’m going by remembering certain buildings, signs or dare I say even trees, yet I don’t drive. To be honest, I would be a nightmare being anxious and all. So yeah it was standard and hardly any changes. Except one year, the council decided to change my escort and add another person to the car. What was hard at the time was I had the same escort taking me to school since I was little, so to learn I was going to have someone different did upset me. The lady that we did have was really nice, probably too nice for our own good. Eventually we got our original escort back and I had her until I finished my time at that particular school. We would find out who was going to be in our class a little bit before we go on out school holidays so that also gives us time to read up the sheets that we’re given of our teacher, assistants and our classmates. Using pictures is certainly handy for those that prefer that way in introduction. Sometimes you don’t meet a new teacher until the very first day, I don’t always find that helpful because you might not like your teacher or your new assistants. My experience with teachers has been a mix so it wasn’t all bad I guess.
I remember when I moved into a ‘student’ house in Sheffield, I was so scared. I did a three day assessment a year before starting, then a two day like I’d say about two/three months before I officially started. I stayed in a house where a couple and two students already living there. I didn’t quite the idea of living with a family/couple which was a massive concern to me. It was the first time I had lived away ever. I thought I would be used to living away from home as I had my whole life going back and fourth from mum’s to dad’s houses. I did actually end up in a team house where it was ran by staff rather then a family/couple. I was so happy about this. Whilst I did feel awkward when meeting new staff anyway, but the people that I met that day were very welcoming. I don’t like to talk much when I meet new people, but as per usual mum would talk for me and will talk for me, to go as far as doing the very mum thing by embarrassing me. This does make me cringe, I’m not going to lie. Now this time you only get posted a schedule of what you’re doing during the week with only names of your tutor. That first term was a struggle as I didn’t get to meet everyone that I had met on the first two assessments. By the time I got started officially, I was able to reconisge at least some people from the get go. I mainly had sessions that I didn’t have from my assessments so it was all completely new. But the staff had so many personalities so it certainly helped me keep up in a way. There were certainly weren’t that many people that I didn’t like which says alot really.
First days for me are usually whilst the most nerve wrecking end up being ok by the end. I think I get into the really bad habits of overthinking and then by the time I get the chance to chill it all feels pointless to even worry in the first place. I think preparation is so important so always take your notes and ask as much information as possible. It’s never easy starting something new, but once you are settled, that’s when the real journey starts.
Just be you, Sarah x