When you think about starting university, you expect to be filled with excitement about what the next three or four years of your life will be like. But you may still be nervous about what the whole experience will be like. This is completely normal, and we've put together some common concerns from students and how to deal with them.
What to expect during Fresher’s week
You’ve waved goodbye to your friends and family and you’ve finally arrived at university. Now, it’s time to relax, enjoy yourself and have some fun. And with so much going on during Fresher’s week (or fortnight for some), we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Below are just some of the things you can expect to see and do during Fresher’s week…
It kind of goes without saying, but one thing you’ll definitely do during your first few weeks as a student is go to your university. There are certain things you’ll be required to do as part of the enrollment process such as register with your academic school where you’ll collect timetables and additional information about your course. You’ll also need to collect your student ID card. This will give you access to university buildings, libraries and for some, so you can electronically register your attendance at lectures. And of course, it can be used for obtaining student discounts. Some universities also offer optional things such as campus tours, additional information for international students and drop-in sessions.
If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s a freebie. And as a student, you won’t be short of a free thing or two. Head to your university’s Fresher’s Fair and you’re sure to come away with bags full of goodies. Everything from food and drink to toiletries and stationary – as well as some other cool and random items. But that’s not all, quite often during Fresher’s week, local shops, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and the like will be out and about on the streets near the universities handing out free samples, vouchers and more!
With so many clubs and societies available to join, being a student gives you the opportunity to explore new activities and interests. From baking to video gaming, or debating to dancing, and whether it’s something you’ve been doing for years, or something you’ve never tried before, now is the perfect time to sign up and give it a go. Even if you join and decide you don’t like it, at least you can say you’ve tried it, right?
One thing you can expect to see a lot of during Fresher’s week is fancy dress costumes. Whether it’s staff at the student’s union dressing up to lighten the mood and welcome you in, brand advocates in crazy outfits handing out freebies, or random famous characters around the streets to snap a selfie with, you’re sure to see it all. Oh, and not forgetting the countless fancy dress outfits you’ll see yourself and other students dressed up in for the organised themed nights at the student’s union and local night time venues.
If you’ve just moved into your student accommodation, it’s time to meet your fellow residents. For some, you might be lucky enough to already know someone you’re living with. But for most new students, you won’t know anyone. But fear not, Fresher’s week is the best time to get to know new people. Attend the organised welcome events that your hall puts on, mingle in the shared social spaces and even knock on the door of the rooms in your corridor to say hello and introduce yourself. Everyone is in the same boat so a friendly face will be welcome.
Even though Fresher’s week isn’t all about drinking, there’s no doubt that some of you will enjoy a few drinks as you head out to the many student nights and to break the ice with your new friends. Unfortunately, after drinking and dancing the night away, you may well suffer the consequences the following day with a hangover. If you are drinking, you should always drink responsibly. Also make sure you drink plenty of water so you remain hydrated; and don’t forget to fill up on some food.
No matter what you end up doing during your Fresher’s week, just remember to have fun!
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