Tricks for acing freshers’ week:
Nothing can prepare you for the constant nostalgic state that you will find yourself in after leaving university. I left two years ago and I still find myself wallowing in self pity that I’m no longer a student. So please excuse me if this post is written with an underlying or blatant tone of longing and jealousy. But hopefully these tricks for acing freshers’ week will ensure you make the most out of this magical and messy time.
Welcome everyone and don’t segregate yourself by stereotyping. You’re all in the same boat and this is a time when you will be mixing with people who have experienced a whole different life to you. Whether they like to read, play computer games or are a sports enthusiast, it’s fun to get to know a little about everyone and even more fun to learn about how they got to be in the same place as you.
Join clubs; Though I recommend not segregating yourself, don’t feel like the people you live with are the only people you can socialise with. Not everyone is lucky enough to be dropped into a hall where their future best friend is living but there will be people at your University who have the same interests as you already. Even if there is no society for something you’re passionate about, take the initiative and start something great. If there’s no book club, start one and you’ll soon have like minded people knocking on your door.
Manage your money.
This is likely to be the first time you will be monitoring all of your own money. So get used to questioning whether you can afford that nice new dress; you’ll forever be doing the math in your head, whether it’s ‘I could buy 95 shots for this amount’ or ‘I could eat for the rest of the year with this amount’ this is a learning curve in your life that will be very important. So find a balance. Manage your accounts, this is a tip I wish I had taken seriously, as it took me a few weeks of living on noodles to think there was any sense to watching what you spend. But really, you can have an amazing time if you budget -work out what amount you’re likely to spend where and you can do it all without denying yourself anything.
Prepare a few outfits, because looking good = feeling good and I’m pretty sure you won’t have time between lectures, nights out and general socialising to actually put in the time it takes to look put-together. Have a few outfits ready and in mind so that you can focus on being a social butterfly and not waste your precious fresher time deciding what to wear or worrying that you don’t look your best.
Be safe and sensible, University stories always stick and you don’t want to be known as the person who went missing half way through the night whilst talking to a kebab. Always get a taxi home and stay with friends, and try to make sure your parents aren’t worrying either; a little (sober) text every now and again will ensure they know you’re safe and having fun.
- Take comfy clothes, you’ll be tired so think about the times you’ll want to relax.
- Don’t take your whole wardrobe – just take half so that you’re not carting everything around when you go from University to home.
- Take comfy home things to make a home away from home, where you can relax and enjoy some you time when you get chance.
- Keep yourself busy after your parents leave, this was the worst part for me and it helped that I just about had time to change before our rep started organising a trip to the social
- Use the days to socialise as well as the night
- Make friends in your class, they’ll have exams at the same time and it’s always nice to know a friendly face in the library.
Written by Harriet Burgess-Barker