Hey all, as some of you may or may not know, I have just completed my first week of uni. This has completely changed my life in such a short period of time and I can start to see myself change as a person (as cliche as that sounds). For anyone going through the same thing as myself, I thought to compile some of the things I have found out, and would have liked to know before I started.
1) Bring as many “lounge around” clothes as you can. You will find that as soon as you get back to your room all is needed is a pair of comfortable bottoms and slippers.
2) Get to know your room mates 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 freshers events. For my uni, the price was £55 for 16 events, and as I knew I would not attend all of them, 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 in some cases not useful whatsoever, they do give you an insight to the people you are spending the next few years with, and a good place to start when getting to know people.
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, so 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 (you may be partying for several nights in a row), and footwear that can be easily washed in the morning.
7) Do not panic about getting lost. Everyone is in the same boat, and there are 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 had always believed that this was some sort of urban myth, but you’ll find that within the first few days of arriving at uni the sniffles and sore throat will appear. 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 – I can assure you that 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) Most importantly, have fun! Uni is one of the best times of your life so just enjoy it!