Hia guys! Hope you’re all ok and ready for possibly the biggest week in every students year! Yes, Freshers week is finally upon us! I’m sure you’re all too busy socialising, enrolling, partying and god knows what else to read my blog but I just wanted to give you some more useful tips during your first week here seeing as everything is so new and slightly overwhelming to you at the moment – like a whirlwind! (see where I was going with the title now?!). I hope you’re all moved in and unpacked by now and have started to get know a few great people. I know it’s really hard approaching people you’ve never met before but just think that you’re all in the same boat so just relax and get to know different people.
During this week, if you’re an Atrium fresher and if you have any problems or queries to do with money, your course or if you just don’t know where your lecture is, go to the Advice Shop. They can help you with anything, they’ve heard of all sorts of problems under the sun by now so they won’t be surprised or phased by anything you ask and will be able to steer you to the right people that can help you. I used them a lot during Freshers week mainly for directions and they were very helpful and friendly.
If you are worried about your finances as many of you probably are at the moment as most people haven’t received their student loans yet – don’t panic! It should come in the next few days unless you have had an email or a letter form your student finance saying otherwise. For the time being though if you are strapped for cash just try and budget as much as you can. Make sure you pre-drink before going out as drinks in clubs can be expensive. Walk as a group home or get a taxi as a group as those are the cheaper options to get home. Cook as much food as you can instead of buying take aways or getting food out, and as you get to know your housemates perhaps it could be worth suggesting to buy some food together as a house like potatoes, rice, milk, butter, just the basic things that you will all need. This should save you considerable money and it’ll save on food waste. But even when your stuent loan comes through, I know it’ll be hard but still try to budget as much as you can and don’t blow it all on freshers because this loan has to last you until January remember!
If you are feeling homesick or have cold feet on your university choice etc, try not to worry too much! Everyone has those days especially at the start where they find it hard to fit in because everything is so new and different and you’re totally out of your comfort zone. Just stick at it, try to mix with people and talk to them about your worries and you’ll probably find that they at some point felt the same as everyone has that moment where they feel that they don’t fit in because they’re not sure if they fit in with their housemates or that the course isn’t right for them because they find the independent learning so different or that they miss home because they can’t cook. It’s all about getting used to student life and adapting to it. This will take time but you will eventually get used to it all and start to enjoy it! The main thing is to keep yourself busy if you do feel a little bit homesick as this will take your mind off it and hopefully you’ll have fun at the same time and help you settle in a bit better by keeping yourself occupied and around poeple.
A must-go event for freshersI forgot to mention last week was the Freshers Fair, where all the societies and clubs get together and introduce themselves to you, hoping for your envolvement in their societies/clubs. It’s well worth a nose about, there’s so many different societies here, there’s something for everyone, from rugby, hockey and other sport related societies to a film club and a brass club. Even if you don’t sign up to a society it’s a great opportunity for you to perhaps create your own society. For more info on the fair visit http://www.glamsu.com/events/index.php?page=event&event_id=793103.
Also for all you Atrium freshers we are lucky enough to have our own radio station, Tequila Radio run purely by students at the atrium, letting us know of any local events going on and generally giving us news and tips about being a student that matter to us let alone all of the good fun they have on there; it’s just generally a really chilled out fun listen. To tune in, just head to http://www.tequilaradio.co.uk/.
I hope you’ve all taken note of the events I recommended for you in my last blog and will be attending some of them this week. Anyway I better be off as I’m off out myself tonight! Might see some of you! It’s so strange that this is my last freshers week! Time flies when you’re a student and before you know it you’ll be an old timer like me saying the same thing! Let me know how this week goes on my Facebook page, Sian Williams Glamorgan or on the GlamInSight Twitter page. Would love to hear your comments and questions!
Take care, Sian.