This post was written by an external contributor. Sam Ramsden lists the six things that you’ll be seeing in Freshers’ Week.
Starting a journey at university can be one of the most exciting periods of a young person’s life. Throughout your first week as a student you can expect to meet a tonne of new people, get a first glimpse into the content of your chosen course, and explore the campus you’ll be calling home for the next few years.
However, there is more to Freshers’ Week than meets the eye. So here’s what you can expect…
Let’s start with the most obvious Freshers’ pastime, drinking. Everyone is aware of the stereotypes which surround the average student, especially during initiation weeks and the first few socials.
Freshers’ is indeed a time to become accustomed to your new surroundings, but it’s also a time for celebration and socialising, and you can expect drinking to be a large part of both. Just make sure you do so responsibly.
One emotion you’re likely to experience throughout your first week at university is of course nerves. Starting a new course in an unfamiliar setting is a big change and can be daunting for even the most adaptable student.
In the first few days you may be riddled with worry about making new friends and fitting in, but it’s worth remembering that everyone around you is in the same boat and experiencing those same Freshers’ worries.
Unfortunately, Freshers’ Week isn’t all fun and games. Most students will be required to attend induction lectures and seminars as a way to be properly introduced to their course, and seeing the impending workload up close can be quite the reality check.
Living independently is also a bit of a wake up call. For most new students, this will be the first taste of freedom ever. However, not having mum and dad to fall back on can be eye-opening. At first it’ll seem great to live how you please… that is until you have to do your own washing and the dreaded bills roll in.
On the subject of finances, money worries and budgeting are probably going to have a significant effect on your years as a student. And the first time you’ll be in full control of your own finances will likely be during Freshers’ Week.
Although this is of course a time where you should focus on the enjoyment and broadening your horizons, it’s still vital to ensure that any important payments have been made. Once you’ve covered those you can get away with some typical reckless student spending every now and again.
Feeling a little isolated during your first week of freedom is something most people might not admit to, however after moving away from home and leaving the comforts you’re so used to falling back on – it’s not surprising that Freshers’ often feel lonely.
It’s pretty common for most students to feel this way. So, the key to coping with loneliness during Freshers’ is to shift the focus from what you’re missing at home. Instead, concentrate on the new people and experiences you’re about to enjoy.
As a first-year student, you’ll notice the sheer amount of information that is thrown at you. You’ll be bombarded with study timetables, student union events and ALL the societies trying to get you to sign up.
The good news is that the craziness of Freshers’ does eventually calm down. But rest assured, it’s completely normal for students to feel overwhelmed, so try not to be too hard on yourself. Take the time to rest when you need it, and stay calm!