As we are finally in September which can only mean one thing Freshers Week is soon approaching! So, because there’re only 3 weeks exactly until Freshers week begins I thought you might appreciate some tips to help you along the way to becoming a Fresher:
5 steps to becoming a Glam Fresher:
1. Just pack the basics (alcohol, food and clothes!)
Don’t get carried away by packing everything along with the kitchen sink. This was one of the major mistakes I did. I had so much stuff I had to do two trips to my halls and by the time I’d unloaded everything I couldn’t even fit everything in to my match box sized room. I thought that I had to pack everything and was scared of leaving anything behind just in case I needed it – WRONG! Just pack what you really need and nothing else because you don’t want to make a small room look even smaller by cluttering it. Just make sure to remember to bring some alcohol for Freshers Week J
2. Be corageous, get yourself out there
Although all these points are important, but for me this point is paramount. Even if you are the shyest person, (which most of you will probably turn to be during your first days at university as you’re in a new place and you won’t know anyone) it’s really important to get yourselves out there. If a person on your course or a housemate invites you to a house party or a night out, go to it, this is one way of meeting lots of new people. I met most of my university friends for the first time on a night out during Freshers. Also, even before Freshers week there are facebook pages for Glamorgan Freshers, and particular student halls have their own facebook profile pages so that you can perhaps find and get to know your housemates before Freshers week.
3. Get cooking
I know the thought of cooking yourself is a daunting thought but getting some easy recipes and doing a practice run at home before Freshers week can hopefully prevent you living off pot noodle and take aways, if you’re not a natural Nigella Lawson. Just learn how to cook a quick omelette (see Hannah Lane’s blog for more) or a jacket potato etc. As I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time during Freshers week and as I personally enjoy cooking I cooked lasagne and chicken soup in bulk and froze it all so that I had enough to last me around 2 weeks. This was really handy as I just stuck it in the microwace and in a few minutes I had a home cooked meal ready to be served. Also, it may be worth having a little look at your washing machine at home and understanding that colours and whites do NOT mix.
4. Do the research
This ties in well with point no. 2 as finding out about societies and groups in your university is definitely something worth doing to meet a lot of new people that have reasonably the same interests as you. It’s also really fun whether it’s a sporting or a linguistic society, it’s a group of people coming together that share the same interest as you, sounds good to me! Also, it may be worth researching the area that you’ll be living in if you’re unsure, just so that you know where’s the best places for a night out etc.
5. Get enough sleep
Maybe this is just me, but being a student is pretty tiring, especially during Freshers Week. You’ll be enrolling and attending various induction events and freshers fairs on your campus by day and by night hitting the town or going to a house party. You’ll meet loads of new people and it will all be quite overwhelming at first, but hopefully really fun as well. You won’t stop, from the minute you start Freshers Week until you graduate as there’s so many things to experience as a student, so make sure you get plenty of sleep before.
So there we go, 5 steps that will hopefully help you along your way to university life. Enjoy J