Students want to skip freshers' week and get on with lectures, apparently
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You might have though freshers’ week was one of the best parts of the first year - but according to headteachers some students would rather give it a miss. Many new students see the time as an isolating and expensive experience centred around heavy boozing, and would rather start their courses early instead, private school headteachers have said. William Richardson, general secretary of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), said anecdotal evidence from students across the country showed many were anxious to begin studying rather than partying, particularly as they faced rising tuition fees which could leave them with debts running into tens of thousands of pounds. He said: “They (students) say they want to start studies in the first week – I think we’ve heard that everywhere. “There is concern about freshers’ week being culturally very clunky. So, the teetotal, faith-based female student, who wants to enjoy freshers’ week at a venue where you can’t say no to drinking – that’s definitely an issue.”
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