How do I get the most out of Central?
Going to a new school and not knowing what to expect can be overwhelming. You may have hopes and aspirations of getting through the years achieving the goals and most of all making massive steps to career.
this is why we've come up with these 7 simple ways to make sure your school experience is fulfilling, rewarding and most of all, fun.
Now you have read the other 2 blogs how are you feeling now that you are bout to start and begin your studies at Central?
Below are a list and notes on how to get the best of being at Central.
Tip: This is an obvious tip but also one that we tend to give low priority. Sleep well, exercise and eat healthily. The bottom line is that you can’t do something well if you’re half-asleep, feeling lethargic or working on an empty stomach.
Here’s how you get the most out of Central
It’s quite easy to become so distracted by deadlines, exams and the other chaos associated with student life that you forget why you’re there in the first place - to learn!
The school is your chance to explore the subject you’re really inspired by in an interesting and dynamic way. And unless you continue your studies, you won’t have the chance to do this again.
So go out and look at the courses and opportunities available to you, make use of the rich learning resources at your fingertips.
2. Have fun!
Whether your idea of fun is clubbing all night or strolling in the park with your friends, having fun at school is just as important as getting good grades. It’s also an important way to de-stress, unwind and relax.
For students here at Central, having fun often involves a trip to Camden, Central London or Shoreditch– visiting exhibitions, cafes, shows and clubs! See our Freshers' Guide for more information on what we have in our local area.
3. Build new friendships
One of the best things about Central is that it puts you in contact with so many new people - please capitalise on this as much as possible.
Learn from each other and share experiences because it’ll make you a more rounded person and equip you with the skills needed to work with all kinds of people in the outside world.
At Central, we come from over several different countries. Being part of an international community on campus gives us the opportunity to learn about different cultures, ethnicity and nationalities on a day-to-day basis!
4. Join a Society (or better yet, start one!)
Ranging from the weird and wacky to the political and passionate, you’ll have the option to join various societies at Central. For example, here we have students who can join everything from the Yoga to the Comedy Central Society.
Going to socials is a must! Not only do they regularly involve dressing up, they’re also a wonderful opportunity to meet new people outside your course and accommodation.
And if you don’t find something you like, you can definitely create your own! Central Students' Union will offer full administrative, promotional support/advice to get you started.
To find a list of clubs and societies at the school or to find out how you can start your own, simply go to the clubs and societies page or get in contact with StudentUnion.Activities@cssd.ac.uk.
5. Push yourself beyond your comfort zone
A way to push yourself is you have an idea that you want to improve at Central, please do come and see us, we are happy to hear what we are doing well and what we are not doing quite so well. We appreciate any feedback and remember Central Students' union are here to support and be a representation of the student voice.
6. Get to know yourself
What do you like and what don’t you like? With such an array of opportunities open to you, there’s virtually nothing you can’t try. The school is a perfect opportunity to figure out more about yourself and your passions.
Perhaps you’ll realise you’re a brilliant cook but terrible at keeping your accommodation clean!
Whatever you learn about yourself, you’ll be more prepared for the world beyond Central where bigger life decisions happen.
7. And finally ..... Don't be afraid to ask for help
Leaving home for the first time, juggling studies with making new friends - university can be a big lifestyle change and students sometimes have problems settling in.
A lot of students underestimate the different pressures and stresses that they might experience during their time at Central – so it’s important to be kind to yourself and take care of yourself.
Don’t feel ashamed to ask for help – be it emotional, physical or social support - Central has loads of support services to guide you through any difficulties.