Friday, 7 March 2014

Life: Freshers' weeks do's and don'ts

Freshers' week is one of the most anticipated events when moving to Uni. But you don't want to get it wrong. Anything that happens in Freshers' week will definitely be remembered. But you don't want to be stuck with a nickname for the rest of your university life.

I understand Freshers' week may not be your thing when you start uni. There are many reasons you may not enjoy it, binge drinking may not be for you. If it isn't don't worry there are plenty of other things you can do. But you should try and go to events which may include drinking as the majority of people will be there. You may even meet like minded people who don't like to drink. Then you will be friends forever. I'm just joking. Your best friend in Freshers' may become a clinger you just can't seem to shake. This leads to my first don't of Freshers'.

Don't try to be the impressive one, the boaster or the loudest in the room. If you're a loud person great you go in there with confidence. But you also don't want to be the person everyone quickly becomes sick of. Just be aware all eyes are on you for the first couple of weeks until people establish their friends. 

However, do try to talk to as many people as possible. When I moved in to my block everyone propped their doors open or hung around on the landings waiting for people. Yet, don't expect to find you BFFs in your first week, friendships groups are still being established. Friendships groups that happened straight away may not exist after Christmas.

Speaking of friends don't judge a book by its cover. You will meet all kind of people at uni, so ruling certain people out because they aren't your kind of person is not the best idea. Give anyone a chance and if you still don't like them after a semester, well,  you win some and you lose some. 

A great way to get involved in Freshers is also the fair. There are plenty of free goodies and you will get the opportunity to join societies. Don't feel pressured in to joining everything, just join a few and see how you feel before paying membership.

Be prepared for Freshers' flu. You think it won't get you, but it will! It was at that point I thought I needed to go home, It wasn't the life for me. But you have to suck it up. Everyone feels the same way just be on top it I'm sure you're parents provided a medical box. 

Don't blow your student loan in one week. You should try and have as much fun as possible within your budget. If you live like a king for the first week you will be living like a peasant for the next 10. Don't regret them shots later in the semester when you need food to survive.

My final do for Freshers' week is to go sick, within reason. Have the best week of your life to start an amazing chapter that you won't want to finish.