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Matthew Le

Moving in to University Accommodation

It’s Feb 21st, 2019. In just 3 days, I will be moving to my accommodation at the University of Auckland.

Honestly, at this moment, I am completely overwhelmed with all sorts of emotions: excitement, nervousness, homesickness and a whole lot of insecurities.

I am excited.

Like, super excited. Finally, after all those years of watching dozens of movies about the ‘university life’, this moment has finally come: moving into a new place, making new friends and most importantly, living that highly-anticipated ‘university life’ which everyone from high school has been talking about.
*Gosh.. I am already fired up just by writing this.

However, I am nervous at the same time.

To be honest, the idea of living in a completely new place with completely different people sounds a little nerve-wracking to me: How am I going to get used to this? What will my life be like? Am I going to make friends? Will I party all night long or be friends with the library?

I am already homesick although I haven’t even moved yet.

Looking around my room right at this moment, a lot of things that are here won’t be there in uni accommodation: there won’t be my super-comfy bed with a hole in the middle or the beautiful garden right by the windows. Oh, and there won’t be my older sister with me either - I will then have to pack my own lunch, close the windows at night and remember to call mom every weekend, by myself.

I am insecure. That’s common, right?

I am not cool enough; I speak broken English; I didn’t grow up in this country; I have social anxiety; people will think that I’m weird; etc.

It’s weird how I could feel all those emotions at the same time - does that make me even more weird?

Honestly, I don’t like this mixed-emotions feeling, at all.
I am only 18 years old - how am I supposed to deal with all of these?

Wait, no… I am ALREADY 18 years old, I should be fully prepared for this.
But… how come I’m not?

*Deep breathe*

It’s okay… I guess.
It’s okay to not feel okay, sometimes.
I think the trick is to remind yourself that:
This is a big step into adulthood; this is the beginning of a whole new chapter.
Thus, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed.

As a matter of fact, 
Live with it. Treasure this confusing, mixed-emotions feeling.
Because this feeling is what makes the whole ‘moving in to uni accommodation’ experience unique, and hopefully unforgettable.

You will do just fine.
I will do just fine :)

We will rock!
Let’s do this.

 - Matthew Le.

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By Matthew Le"Get up, dress up, show up. Never give up! Urgh, scratch that. I'm just trying to GROW UP"

Updated 4 months ago

Hey, I’m Matthew. Born and raised in Vietnam. I spent the last 2 years in high school here in New Zealand. And now, I’m an international student at the University of Auckland.

I am turning 19 soon. And I don’t like that. So… I’ve decided to live the last few months of being 18 by the "Theory of YES". Saying YES to things that scare the heck out of me.

You can follow my journey here on the Study in New Zealand blog, or on Facebook @studyinnewzealand

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
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