The dos and don’ts of freshers’ week


Up and down the country, thousands of students will be descending upon university campuses ready (hopefully!) to begin new and exciting chapters of their academic life. To mark such a momentous occasion, the aptly named ‘freshers week’- a week packed full of fun events and parties – will be taking place all over. Although different at each institution, ‘freshers week’ has the universal goal of attempting to make the first week of university that little bit easier for students, no matter where they fall on the spectrum of scared to excited. With a vast array of events and activities designed to help students get to know each other, make friends, and find their way around the campus amongst other, ‘freshers week’ can be a tricky minefield to navigate. The following list of dos and don’ts will provide a helping hand.

The dos:

Do set up your room as soon as possible. Your bedroom will be your home away from home, your cocoon to shield and provide relief from the crazy and sometimes turbulent times of a jam packed first week. Having that ready from the get go will provide much needed comfort and easy access to your beloved cuddly toys.

Do attend freshers fair. It’s your best chance to have a look at what societies are on offer. From societies encompassing competitive eating, beekeeping, and pirates, they are great because they provide you with the perfect opportunity to delve into your interests no matter how quirky.

Do remember to eat properly. Remember as you’re heading from orientation meetings to toga parties to try and eat a balanced array of food. Attempting to survive solely on vending machine food will most probably result in early burnout.

The don’ts:

Don’t over commit. While it may be £2 or £3 pounds to sign up to one society, over committing and signing up to too many will make a dent in your bank account and you’ll be kicking yourself when you won’t be able get that obligatory takeaway after a night out.

Don’t stay in your room. Even if you’re the biggest introvert, be open and get out there. Freshers’ week gives you a great opportunity to meet lots of different people, sample and try out new interests.

Don’t try to drink your body weight in alcohol. Seriously, don’t.


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