17 Tips For Surviving Freshers' Week
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Freshers’ week: seven days that are designed to kick off your time at university with an (extremely sociable) bang. Whilst there’s no doubt that freshers’ week is an exciting time, there might still be a few worries that you’re contending with amongst the haze of new faces, unfamiliar drinking games and introductory accommodation talks. As part of our Freshers 101 series, we’ve rounded up a few bits of advice from those who’ve experienced the week and come out of it unscathed. From sickness to socialising to stress, here’s what they had to say... Megan Downing, The National Student Music Editor & Intern at MTV: “If you see someone on their own in freshers, go and chat to them! They're probably just as nervous and scared as you are. Most of my best uni mates came from random conversations whilst waiting for an induction lecture.” Abbie, social sciences student and blogger at Yet Another Student Blog: “Lesson 1 - don't stress out, everything will be done! Lesson 2 - other people really don't know what they are doing! Lesson 3 - get your parents to get you the essentials as well as a few meals.” Codiekinz.co.uk, via themoneyshed.co.uk “Although it’s going to be a crazy week, trust me when I say it is not to be all and end all of uni nights out. In fact, you will definitely have better nights out later in the year when you have established a good group of friends and know where the best places are to go.” @eleanorria, via twitter: “Don't overdo it in freshers. If you're not feeling well listen to your body; getting sick is just going to ruin it. You've got the entire year to party and you don't wanna miss your first lectures because you're poorly in bed.” @_oliviajadexo, Blogger @ Dungarees and Degrees “Plan in advance - there are so many different events going on during freshers’ week that it's impossible to attend them all; talk to people and find out which ones are good to go to and also which you want to go to as there are many different things taking place e.g. fancy dress and paint parties.” “Sleep - this sounds like an obvious one, but if you're up all night you probably need to sleep for a lot of the day, which during freshers is totally normal and okay to do (as long as you attend your welcome week lectures.)” Lizi Legge, lifestyle blogger: “Check out which fancy dress themes are coming up for freshers - buying them in advance makes it cheaper on delivery.” Dr Richard Bowskill, Priory Group: “If you are socially anxious, talk to a close friend or your parents about how to negotiate freshers’ week and prepare to join societies where you have established interests.”
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