Tips for University: Freshers Week

Friday, 14 August 2015

You've just got your A-Levels back, and after all that worrying, you can breathe a sigh of relief because horaay! You got into university! I imagine the thing on your mind, after thinking about all the pretty things you can fill your room with, is Freshers Week. So here's my tips to get you through that week

1. Try to get as involved as you can

This doesn't mean just the drinking part but if you are drinking, get involved in as many nights out as you can. You should also try to involve yourself in the daytime activities as well. Even if you don't drink or you don't live on campus, you should still try to take advantage of this week and attend as many of the events as you can. Most universities put on non-drinking events such as film nights, quiz nights etc. so try not to worry about not making friends because you don't drink.

2. Try to keep your door open as much as possible

I bought a cute owl doorstop when I went shopping for room things because I'd read this tip (so yeah it's not my own tip, but it's important). Keep you door open when you first move in. Even if people don't initially approach you, they know what you look like and you can nod and smile at people that go past. It'll make you seem more approachable. Throughout the week, keep your door open and people will likely come and talk to you. Most people want to make friends just as much as you do so by doing this tip, it'll make it easier for the both of you.

3. Sign up for societies

This was something I didn't do and I regret it. It's a good idea to sign up to anything you're interested in straight away and go to the taster/introductory sessions. It's much easier to do this at the beginning when you're all new to university than when people have already established friendship groups later on in the year. So anything that takes your fancy, even if you've never done it before, try it out. It's a good way to meet people and maybe even learn a new skill.

4. Go to introductory lectures

You might not think they're necessary or maybe you'll be too hungover one morning and can't be bothered going, but this tends to be where important information is given to you such as key dates, what they expect in assignments, ect. It just makes sense to arm yourself with as much information as you can before properly beginning your course. Also, it's a good chance to get talking to the people on your course.

5. Remember, freshers week is not everything.

Okay, I'm sorry to end it on a downer but it's important to remember that freshers week is not everything and it's okay to feel sad or lonely during this week. You won't make your best friends right away and people that you maybe don't like during this first week may end up being the people you live with. First impressions aren't everything. And this goes for you too. If you feel like you've made a terrible first impression, it isn't the end of the world. People will get to know you and get past the first impression. Just remember to have fun but don't put too much emphasis on this first week.

Bonus Tip: Put water and a snack on your bedside table

Trust me on this. If you're drinking during freshers week, you're probably going to end up drinking every night. If you want to make it to all events, this will save you. I didn't do this during freshers week but I started doing it later on and it really made those hungover mornings so much better. Before you go out put a bottle of water and something to eat on your bedside table and the morning should be a bit easier.

Thanks for reading!

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