Your first freshers’ week is both an incredibly exciting and anxious time. Regardless of what happens, it’s important to remember that it is just one week of what promises to be a fantastic year! You’ll be presented with so much information that sometimes it can be difficult to shift through it all and pluck out what’s really useful. So with that in mind here are a few tips to help you make the most of your freshers’ week.
- Do your Research:
It’s worth finding out certain things such as where the nearest supermarkets are or what local surgeries you can use. Fingers crossed you won’t have to use them, but it’s always reassuring to know you’re well provided for.
- Get involved with ice-breaker activities:
All universities will have organised induction activities to welcome you in when you arrive. This is an ideal chance to meet the people you’ll be living with, just get used to hearing the questions; what’s your name? Where are you from? And what are you studying? The great thing about freshers’ week is that so many people will take an active interest in you and want to get to know you.
- Join a society at the Freshers’ Fair:
There will be so many opportunities presented to you at university, that it’s almost impossible not to get involved with a club you find interesting. At Worcester, we have a club for pretty much everything, from a range of sports to Anime & Manga, and even Harry Potter! For me, it was very reassuring to know that I would not have to sacrifice any of my hobbies when I went to university, and that I would be able to try out some new things as well! The great thing about joining societies is that it widens your social circle and integrates you into the university community. Depending on which society you join, you will probably have a common interest which will make getting to know people an easy process.
- Look after yourself
Fresher’s can often be a very busy time for students; from meeting friends to attending lectures to the occasional night out, it’s important to look after yourself. This means keeping yourself hydrated if you’ve had alcohol, trying not to eat so many takeaways and getting an early night once in a while.
And finally, remember that although it may be nerve-wracking, everybody else is in the same position as you. So you are not alone! If you do find that you’re struggling, then there are student services situated on campus which available whenever you may need them.