You Fresher’s are everywhere, and take it from someone who knows- being a Frehsher can be the best time of your life or the worst. Here is a ten point guide on how to make it the best.
- Enjoy it. Being away from home for the first time can be a scary experience, but you have to make the most of all this freedom. Spend time exploring your new city or town. Test new places to eat. Talk to people you don’t necessarily think you will get on with. Make your new digs your own. And of course, find new places to party.
- Use those vouchers. As a student there are vouchers and coupons for you everywhere. EVERYWHERE. From pubs to supermarkets and restaurants aplenty, you might as well make the most of it. Wetherspoons are offering you cheap booze, Handmade Burger Company are offering 25% off, and First Buses started a Student Card… what more could you need? Vouchers are always good, so make the most of them, cheaper food and travel means you have more money to do the things you want to do at university. And get a NUS card- there are loads of savings on there.
- Accept freebies. What’s better than cheap? Free! Free food, shots, travel and entry to clubs is all part of the student experience, and during Freshers Week in particular you will find everyone is offering freebies. B.O.G.O.F should be every students dream. Dolmio sauce on 2-4-1 is the perfect accompaniment to any pasta dish, 2-4-1 on shots down the pub? Who could say no to that?!
- Meet new friends. When all the fun and frolics of Fresher’s Week is over you are going to need a friend to make it all seem okay. Some downers of being away from home are going to be feeling homesick, missing friends, money problems and feeling lost. So… Make friends! We all need a pick-me-up every now and again and friends are there to support us. Let’s face it, you’re going to need someone to share those 2-4-1s with.
- Experience new things. Never tried sushi? Go wild. Fancy paragliding? Do it. Want to try croquet? Join a society. There are so many things out there to test and try, and while at university you can find a partner in crime for almost anything.
- Make sure you eat. The human body can’t function without food. When I was at university there was a guy in my Halls who would boast about not eating and then wonder why he kept fainting when walking up the stairs to the flat. Eat. Food is good.
- Get some sleep. Napping is honestly brilliant, so in amongst the boozing, celebrating, lectures, part time work and new experiences, it’s a good idea to get some zzz’s. Tired people make some seriously bad decisions at times and you do not want that on your conscience while trying to enjoy yourself.
- Learn your limits. Whether it’s how many vodka shots you can handle, or how many essays you can cram in the hour before deadline,make are you think about your head the next days and the day after that.
- Stay in touch with your homies. They’ve known you longer. They know your secrets. And they love you. While new people are great, the goodies sixth form memories should be shared for ever. Studies show that if a friendship lasts seven years, it will last a lifetime.
- Be yourself. As cliche as it sounds it is easy to be led when you are in a new place. Don’t let other people dictate what you should be, do or become. You are your own person.
Enough with the preaching, now go to the library.