1. Embarrass yourself. That's what you do at home with your friends at home, right? There's a reason why they love you so much. It's funny, you're funny. So lose the inhibitions and act like the crazy person you are. It's honest and (luckily) endearing.
2. Be kind. There's no know-it-all girl from A2 biology or boy who
fancies himself from the common room. This is a new start, so drop the
defences a little and offer people cookies and a funny anecdote from
home. You'll find yourself rolling in friends.
3. Be driven by your ambitions. This is your time. There are so many new opportunities that crop up. Grab them with both hands and throw yourself into new things. The year will melt by, so make sure you have something to be proud of at the end of it to go alongside your 'Drunk Faces/Naked People' album, not that you shouldn't be proud of that too.
4. Keep in touch with your family. Your Mum still cares about
what your doing and it was damn hard letting you go, so Skype her every
so often and remind her why she let you leave. Make her proud. Remember
to drop your sister a text too, she misses you as much as you do her.
5. Remember yourself. Remember that you actually can't cope with drinking 10 nights in a row and it is ok to just kick back with a lemsip and something off your reading list. Remember that you're a kind, funny and intelligent person (you're at uni for God's sake!) and honour that when at University. Don't pretend to be someone you're not, because eventually you might just lose the real you, and nobody wants that.
Enjoy it, freshers.
And a little PS, keep reading Lottie's Little Kitchen. I'll try and help you survive with plenty of money left over for vodka. Promise.