Fresher’s is one of the most exciting times of university, with hundreds of new experiences to be had. Once you’ve moved into your student accommodation, you have a whole week of meeting new people, exploring your new city and experiencing what is for many their first taste of true independence. This can quickly become overwhelming, particularly for international students who have just moved to the UK, so are not only dealing with the changes of university life but living in a completely new culture! Here are some tips to help you manage everything during your first few weeks of university.
Take Time to Settle Into Your New Student Accommodation
With so much to do, it might be tempting to try and get out and do as much as possible and explore the city and fresher’s events. However, it is important to remember that you have a new home to live in for the next year, with a lot of new people. Spend some time in your student halls after you have unpacked everything, whether it’s getting used to your new student room, learning the layout of your halls or meeting your new neighbours. This will allow you to feel more at home, and have a place that allows you to relax when things get stressful.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
When you first move to a new city and university, there is a lot you don’t know. This can be anything from location of campuses, public transport and where the nearest supermarket is. Don’t feel stupid for asking anything, asking as much as you can at this stage will make everything a lot smoother and easier in the future.
Sign Up to Lots of Societies
Fresher’s Fair gives you the opportunity to explore new hobbies and interests and perhaps most importantly meet lots of new friends with similar interests. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, as it can be difficult to sign up to societies after this and you might not get another chance. Be adventurous with your choices; you might find a brand new hobby you never knew you’d enjoy.
Remember to Look After Your Health
Fresher’s flu is a phrase that strikes fear into the heart of many students. Being thrust into a new environment with lots of new germs can cause illnesses, which can be exacerbated by drinking lots of eating unhealthy. No matter how busy you are, make sure you eat proper meals. Cooking together can be a great way to socialise with your new housemates. Although, drinking every night can seem tempting during Fresher’s (lots of people surely will be), if you start to feel worse for wear, it is probably a good idea to have a night off.
Don’t Skip Introductory Lectures and Seminars
With everything going on, it can seem tempting to skip the first week of lectures and seminars if you feel hungover. Although, it could be easy to assume that they won’t cover anything useful, this is not the case. The first lectures and seminars normally go into detail about the minutiae of each module, with reading lists, module booklets and other key information often being handed out. It also makes a bad impression if you don’t turn up!
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