University is a paradox, in only a week I can start to see myself change as a person (cliche I know). For future freshers who have no idea where to start – here are some tips of how to surviving freshers week.
1) Bring as many “lounge around” clothes as you can. You will find that as soon as you get back to your room all you needed is a pair of comfortable bottoms and slippers.
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2) Get to know your roommates as soon as possible. Like myself, if you turn up to uni a day after everyone else you will find that groups and bonds are formed, making it more of a challenge to fit in.
3) Do not feel pressured into getting a freshers wristband. For anyone who doesn’t know what these are, they are pre-paid tickets for all the fresher’s events. For Leicester uni – it was £55 for 16 events, but I bought tickets as and when I wanted them; instead of purchasing the overly hyped wristband.
4) Attend all the induction lectures. As boring as they are (and mostly useless) they do give you an outlook of the course. It is also an introduction to your coursemates.
5) Although people encourage you to do so, don’t sign up for every society going. I know for a fact that if I did this, I would not attend them from the start. Instead of giving others false hope, don’t give them a bad first impression.
6) Wear comfortable shoes when going out. Freshers events are usually packed, causing feet to get stepped on and drinks spilt. My piece of advice is to wear shoes that won’t cause your feet to blister (after several evenings out on the trot), as well as footwear that can be easily washed in the morning.
7) Do not panic about getting lost. Everyone is in the same boat. Maps available everywhere – just turn up to the campus in good time and you’ll be fine.
8) Be prepared – Freshers flu is a thing. I always believed that it was an urban myth, but you’ll find that within the first few days of arriving at uni the sniffles and sore throat will appear. Surviving freshers week begins with nipping the cold in the bud. Please bring some paracetamol and cough medicine before you arrive.
9) Don’t judge anyone before you’ve spoken to them. University is the place to get to know anyone, so give them a chance and get to know about others – you’ll be surprised.
10) During freshers week, bring convenience food with you. When hungover and tired you do not want to be in the kitchen cooking away, so have a cheat week and make something easy.
11) Start budgeting straightaway. You cannot survive freshers if you are skint quite frankly. Limit your daily allowance – especially when going “out out”. This way, your funds can be stretched through the whole term.
12) Most importantly, have fun! Uni is one of the best times of your life so just enjoy it!