Freshers’ week; both exciting and somewhat daunting for all new students. Not only is it the beginning of a new chapter of your life, with new experiences and new friends flying at you left, right and centre, but, as you have probably guessed correctly, it’s also a week-long party. Even though being an athlete restricted my Freshers’ week (partying and 5am training don’t go hand-in-hand), I was still able to enjoy it, so here are my tips for ensuring that it’s as good for you:
1. Check social media and your uni’s website before going
A lot of universities will create a ‘Freshers’ week’ page on Facebook which will have all of the various events going on throughout the week so you don’t miss anything! Even though the organised events at night get most of the hype, there’s always a lot more put on for freshers during the day that can also help you find your bearings for the rest of the year! If you’re moving in to halls it might also be worth checking to see if there’s a group on Facebook bringing together all the people you’ll be moving in with. It’s a great way to make some friends before you even get there so you don’t have to worry about what your first ice-breaker line is going to be.
2. Join societies
Students always seem to think that because of their studying, they won’t have time to commit to a society, but it’s a really worthwhile way to broaden your university experience and have some fun whilst doing it. Get on down to the Sports and Societies Fair and sign up for a few things – you’re not tied to it if you change your mind! From Harry Potter to martial arts, there are so many weird and wonderful societies on offer that you’re bound to find something that you’re in to, or seize the opportunity to start something new.
3. Turn up to your introductory classes
Sorry, I know it doesn’t sound as fun as partying but it’s 100% essential. It’s in these classes and lectures that you’ll get all of the important information about your course, maybe some of the texts that will help you through the year, and you’ll also be introduced to your personal tutors. Finding the energy to go to these sessions may be difficult but your future self will thank you.
4. Get all of the free stuff!
Surely I don’t need to try and convince you as to why this is a good idea? Go to the freshers’ fair, stock up on discount vouchers, and claim the free food and goodie bags!