Monday, 7 September 2015

10 Tips for Surviving Freshers Week





It's that time of year again where those lucky ones are off to University. I wish I was going back again! Either way, my days have been and gone and I'm here to pass down some words of wisdom. So here our my 10 top tips and tricks for making the most out of your first week at University! 


1. Put yourself out there 

Freshers Week is all about meeting new people and having a good time whilst you settle into your new surroundings. It's a good idea to put yourself out there by going to events, joining societies and meeting as many people as possible. This way you'll be able to make new friends, enjoy your week and genuinely make the whole moving away process much, much easier. 

2. Don't worry if you don't make friends straight away

At University there are a million and one opportunities to make friends, so do not feel disheartened if you haven't met your BFF straight away. There will always be a time for you to mix with new and interesting people. 

3. Don't spend all your money on nights out

It may seem like a good idea at the time to completely blow all your money on a night out, but there's more to life than alcohol you know. You don't want to get a few weeks into September and realise you are out of cash. 

4. Set aside some money for your first food shop 

With the hectic week of freshers, it can be easy to forget to sort yourself out with some food. Make sure you have some money set aside for a shop, and you'll be thanking yourself when you wake up hungover and there's a fridge full of food waiting for you. 

5. Don't be pressured into anything you don't want to do 

There's nothing worse than feeling peer-pressured into doing something you do not feel comfortable doing, especially around new groups of people. Remember that you do not need to impress anybody, and you shouldn't feel like you need to do something just because others are doing it. Be your own person! 

6. Try something out of your comfort zone 

University is a completely new experience, so why not try something out of your comfort zone? You could take part in new events, or join a society/sports team. If you are more introverted, why not try talking to as many people as possible. These people could become lifelong friends who you may not have met otherwise. 

7. Take some time to explore 

Chances are you have moved to a brand new city that you've never lived in before. Why not get some friends together and explore your new surroundings. It's always good knowing where you are going! 

8. Arrive early for your first lecture 

In my 3 years of University, I have learnt that walking in late to a lecture hall full of people doesn't stop being awkward. For your first lecture, give yourself some extra time to get there as chances are, you will get lost. It also gives you a good opportunity to chat with some of the people on your course, as you will be spending 3 years together! 

9. Don't forget what you are there for 

It can be easy to get caught up with all the happenings of Freshers Week, but remember the real reason why you are there. Although making friends and having a good time is a massive part of the University experience, your degree is important too! 

10. Be yourself 

Obviously! It may sound silly, but remember to be yourself. Everybody will love you.

If you are off to University this month, let me know what you're most exciting and nervous about! It such a new experience but I'm sure you will all love it. 
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