Starting university can be a scary thing. You’re moving out of your comfort zone, away from your friends, your parents, and the world that you know. But trust me – if you make the most of the next 3 years, they will be the best of your life. Follow our 5-step guide to Fresher’s Week and enjoy your first week of freedom…
Take advantage of social media
It’s not uncommon to start university without knowing a single person there, but within days (probably hours) you’ll have made some life-long friends. Take advantage of Facebook groups and forums before you go – most courses and halls of residence will have groups where you check out and talk to your prospective new flatmates before you move in. Not only does this take away some of the initial fear of meeting new people, but it can help you all plan ahead in terms of stuff like which household items for the flat (if you think this sounds ridiculous – you won’t think so when you end up with 4 toasters and no spoons).
Stock up on Fresher’s Fair freebies
The Fresher’s fair is a goldmine for freebies! From pizza, beer and club entry, to magazines, stationary and discounted home insurance (yes, you need this – even in halls) – it’s definitely worth paying a visit. As most of these events are organised and run by your Student’s Union, it’s the perfect place to ask the people who know the university inside out any questions you might have.
Man flu has got nothing on Fresher’s Flu
A solid week of partying takes its toll on your immune system and unless you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll probably be struck down by the dreaded Fresher’s Flu soon enough. It’s easier said than done, but take it easy, get a few hours sleep a night and ensure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of (non-alcoholic) fluids during the day.
Join a sports team, attend social events, get involved in your Student’s Union – not only will you make a ton of new friends, it’ll look great on your CV. We all know how tough the job market is at the moment, so give yourself a head-start over the competition by having something different and interesting to talk about in interviews!
Don’t forget the sensible stuff
It’s very easy to get carried away with everything that’s going on during your first week at university but it’s important that you don’t forget to tackle some important tasks quite early on. Registering with a doctor is a must – your uni can usually recommend the good ones in your area. Also, if you have a TV (or a laptop on which you watch TV) in your room, you need to get a TV licence, even if you’re in halls.
Once lectures get started, the deadlines will start rolling in. Laptops are notoriously temperamental (and easily misplaced), so make sure you keep your assignments backed up securely elsewhere. BuddyBackup, is a secure and reliable backup site, and best of all – it’s free! All you need are some Buddies to back up to. Use it as an excuse to stay in touch with friends back at home, around the country at other universities or as an ice-breaker with other students on your course.
Author: Cassie Holmes, BuddyBackup