Most things are common sense, but you never know.
Your experiences of Freshers Week are unlikely to be forgotten. Many of them will set the tone of your time at University. There could be long lasting friendships that start at Freshers and last a lifetime, or fleeting moments of joy and disappointment that provide great stories to tell. Whatever form they take, your Freshers adventures will help you to learn and grow and get the best from your University experience.
Here are our Dos and Don’ts for Freshers 2021.
On your first day, be polite to everyone.
It is easy to be friendly to your new flatmates, but if you’re going to be rude to your accommodation staff or lecturers then you will make a bad impression.
Between the society fairs and sports club try-outs and the non-academic trips, there will be lots of things that you will be interested in. Our advice is to try as much as you can. Even if you’re not 100% sure whether you want to join a society, the trial days are a great way to decide. And you’ll have fun and meet lots of new people.
Be true to yourself
University is a great way to reinvent yourself to be who you want to be. Without parental restraints and with new people who do not know you, you can be who you want to be. Don’t change who you are though. If you are naturally confident and charming, don’t change to appear meek and more docile. Be true to you.
An open door is an opportunity
If you are sharing a flat with strangers, the best advice we can offer is to leave your door propped open during moving day. That way when your flatmates arrive you can wave an arm out and initiate a conversation.
Attend the Freshers’ Fair, you will not regret it
You may think that it isn’t worth it to drudge round the Uni to get a stress ball and a pen. But Freshers Fair is so much more than that. You can win food vouchers, get free pizza and get lots of useful freebies. Last year a supermarket was giving away the ingredients for a Spag bol, which was gratefully received by the students. It can also be a bonding experience for new groups of students.
Eat three meals a day (well two good ones at least!)
We don’t want to be preachy but honestly, you will be very busy with registration, partying, and getting to know the campus and you may think to yourself, I don’t have time to eat. Make time. Even if it is a quick snack for breakfast and a meal deal for lunch with a pizza for tea, it is important to keep yourself stocked up so you won’t be known as the person who fainted during orientation because they forgot to eat. Look after your body and it will look after you.
Don’t agree to more than you can handle
Everything sounds very exciting but if you know that you need lots of sleep, do not sign up for every single night out going. Most of the evening events can be purchased on the day so its best not to bite off more than you can chew
Don’t turn up to lectures in an unfit state
You only get one chance to make a first impression. If you are feeling worse for wear with Freshers flu or otherwise, it would be best not to attend any lectures or events if you are likely to be ill.
Say no to peer pressure
If your flatmates are party animals and live a wilder lifestyle than you, don’t be afraid to say no.
Be best friends with yourself
One of the biggest things for new University students is that they can be scared to attend events by themselves. Enjoy your own company and don’t avoid something you want to because no one else will come with you. there may be other people like you looking to meet people with similar interests.
Put your hand up, email lecturers, participate in study groups. If you want to know something ask! Don’t be afraid because the chances are someone else was dying to ask that question to.
Freshers’ Week is a lot of fun and has so many opportunities for you to grab! Enjoy yourself. Remember it is your University experience and Freshers Week is your chance to shape it to suit you.