So it’s that time of year again that there are a lot of people about to move to university. Four years ago this was me and since then I like to think that I have become slightly wiser, so here is some advice for all the people starting university right now. Freshers week was one of the best weeks of my life, however I am aware that I am probably looking back on it with rose tinted glasses on because in reality it is a very intense and sometimes overwhelming week. I’m going to write a list of some tips that I have picked up during my four years at university.
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1. If you have any fancy dress lying around definitely take it with you, you’ll never know when you might need it.
2. If you’re not a big drinker of alcohol don’t worry, you will still have a great time! I know that it can look like freshers is all about getting as drunk as you can and doing stupid things but in reality it’s about making new friends and having fun whether that involves alcohol or not. If you don’t want to drink then don’t, people will respect that, and if they don’t then find some new people to be friends with. One thing I would say though is that not drinking doesn’t mean you can’t be social, you can always join in with pre-drinks with a soft drink, make friends and then not follow people to the club if that isn’t your thing.
3. Try to throw yourself into something outside your comfort zone. Now this I know sounds terrifying and in all honesty I was very scared about going to uni, however I forced myself to join in and make new friends and now I have an amazing group.
4. If you have decided to go out drinking be safe, you will probably be in a city you have never been to before. Program a taxi number into your phone to make sure you know how to get home or at least figure out who the reps are that can get you home.
5. Drink plenty of water, it will help the hangover the next day.
6. Freshers flu is not a myth, whether you decide to drink or not you will get ill. Make sure you pack plenty of cold and flu remedies.
7. If you feel like you want a night in have a night in, you don’t have to go to all the events. I know one night my flat decided that instead of going to a club we would just have a few drinks in and it was nice to be able to sit, chat and get to know each other properly.
8. Sign up to lots of societies at freshers fair, you don’t have to do them all but chances are you’ll find something you like.
9. When at freshers fair grab as many vouchers, free pens and posters that you can carry. This should set you up for the year.
10. People will respect you if you make an effort. Every bone in your body might be telling you to lock your door and hide, don’t, get out there and people will respect you are making an effort and accept you for who you are.
11. Homesickness is completely normal, and it’s ok. It may seem like you’re the only one suffering but trust me you aren’t. Give your parents a ring, have a little cry and hopefully it will pass
12. Buy a doorstop, this will help to meet people. Everyone is in the same boat as you, and all people want to do is to make friends.
13. Work hard, play hard. It can get easy to get sucked into the cheap drinks and partying however remember you are there for a reason and at least do a bit of work! That said first year is all about helping you to settle into your subject, so don’t work too hard that you miss out on opportunities, try to find a balance.
14. Some people talk a lot of rubbish, don’t believe everything you hear in freshers week. Take a step back and wait for people’s real characters to come out, they will eventually.
15. If you don’t think you are going to get on with the people you are living with don’t despair, there is every kind of person at uni and guaranteed you will find someone you get on with. It just might not be in the first week. I was very lucky that the people I lived with in freshers are still my best friends, however this was pure luck and lots of people become friends with people from all over the place
There is so much more I could talk about on this subject, I think that for some freshers week is the best time of their lives and for others it can be the worst. However freshers week is not going to dictate your whole university experience, it’s one week and even if it’s terrible hang in there. Enjoy your first year at university, take it from me it is the only year that you will have little responsibility with lots of freedom.
If anyone has any specific questions about any aspect of university please email, tweet or ask me in the comments below.
I wish you all the best of luck with your university experience and I hope this guide has helped.
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