Im back with another instalment of my Guide to Starting University! This week Im going to give you some tips on how to survive Freshers, as well as a giveaway of some essential items to get you through Freshers Week.
Freshers week is one of the most anticipated parts of starting Uni, and even when you're in your second, third of even fourth year you still look forward to Freshers. It's a week (or sometimes 2) spent meeting people, getting to know your uni, and lots of partying! It's also a pretty scary and daunting time, especially if you're moving out of home and into student accommodation.
I remember being so nervous on my first day, but within a few hours of saying goodbye to my mum I'd already started drinking with my new flat, and by the next morning we all felt like a little family! Everyone's Freshers experience will be different, but there are some tips that will be hopefully be useful for everyone.
1. Get to know your flat mates
As mentioned in my packing guide a door stop is very important. Having an open door during Freshers makes it a lot easier to get to know your flat mates as they can come and chat without feeling too awkward. Bonding with your flat mates is definitely important during Freshers as you're going to be living with them all year, so you might as well try to be friends. However if the people in your flat aren't your kind of people, don't be disheartened, knock on the flat next door and try and meet some new people. Keep trying to bond with your flatmates though, otherwise it could be a long year of awkward silences.
2. Make it home
Student accommodation isn't the homeliest of places, and home sickness is common in the first few weeks, so a great way to make yourself feel a bit more comfortable is making your room feel a bit more like home. Make sure to unpack fully, even if it takes a couple of days, you'll feel a lot more settled in afterwards. Photos and posters are a great way to cover your walls and bring some home with you, and cushions, rugs or throws can make your room a bit less bare!
3. Fresher Fairs
Your uni will most likely hold a Freshers Fair at some point during the week, and it's a definite to go along to, even if it's just for the freebies and vouchers! Also remember to check if places offer student discount as this is an easy way to save some money.
If you've just moved to a new city Freshers is a great time to have an explore, find out where all the shops are, your closest supermarket, the best takeaway to grab on the way home after a night out, and also the quickest route to your lectures. Also have an explore of your campus, find out where all the buildings are as they might be spread across uni, check out your SU and make sure you know how to get back to your halls after a night out.
5. Make an effort
Freshers isn't all about drinking and partying, however that does play a large part in a lot of the activities, this isn't for everyone however I'd recommend making an effort to join in during the first few weeks as you'll meet some great people and make some good friends. Don't feel pressured to drink if you don't want to, and remember you can still have a good time sober. On the other side, if you're a hardcore partier make sure to still attend some of the daytime events and not spend your whole week in bed with a hangover!
6. Societies and sports
Freshers is a great time to get a taste of some of the societies and sports available at your uni. There will probably be a fair you can go to where you can put your name down for some societies. A lot of societies will run events in the first few weeks that you can go to and get a feel of whether its for you. Don't feel like you have to sign up and pay immediately, but if you want to give something a try go for it! If you're interested in being part of a sports team Freshers is the best time to get started as there will be lots of new people and they won't have started training yet.
7. Talk to everyone and anyone
Although it may seem daunting striking up a conversation with a stranger at your lecture, or going to a flat party by yourself, don't be scared! Remember everyone is in the same boat and just looking to make friends, and you never know who you might meet by just starting up a conversation! Some of my best friends I've met by getting chatting at a party, or starting a conversation at an event. Just say hello!
8. Go to your lectures
Although they seem irrelevant and you'll be bombard with so much information you won't remember half of it, make sure to go to all your lectures. Freshers lectures are all about introductions to your course and modules, receiving important information, and getting to know your course mates. You'll be thankful you went, even if you are so hungover you could die. Just get back into bed once your lecture is over!
9. Be safe and sensible
One of the most important freshers tips. Remember to look after yourself, that means not drinking too much, not walking home alone, and always using protection during sex. Freshers can be a pretty wild time and you'll probably push your limits and do things you might not normally do. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and pressure so just remember to know your limits when drinking, keep together with your friends and flatmates on a night out, and also don't feel pressured to do something you don't want to do. Make sure you have an amazing Freshers and don't end up regretting your actions.
To help me survive Freshers Intellicig have kindly sent me a #FreshersEssentials kit, and also an extra kit to giveaway to a lucky reader! The kit contains earplugs, plasters, vitamins and cold relief which you are likely to need! Also breakfast biscuits for when you're rushing to a lecture, a student cookbook, USB and a £20 Paperchase voucher for cute stationary. As well as an intellicig disposable e-cigarette to cut down on chain smoking on nights out! To be in with a chance of winning a kit with all of the essential items pictured above enter the giveaway below. Please note this is a UK only giveaway.
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I was provided with a #FreshersEssentials kit and one to giveaway to a reader by Intellicig