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Freshers' Week: What are you expecting?

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Despite the generally accepted notion that freshers’ week is a never-ending whirlwind of budding friendships and booze, we thought we would examine how first years really feel about their first semester, in their own words. Although the freshers’ period is famed for freedom, it can also be fraught with anxieties when coupled with a new city, new friends and a new start.

Lizzie is a first year German student at University of Sheffield.

What do expect your freshers' week and first semester to be like?

I’m expecting freshers’ week to be a lot of fun, quite expensive but worth it! But after that I imagine the first semester will be quite challenging; getting back into a routine, more challenging work, not being close to family if anything goes wrong.

What are you most excited about?

I am most excited about being in a new environment; having lived in the same town for all of my life I’m excited to be going somewhere new and different.

What are you most anxious about?

I am most anxious about getting homesick. I don’t know if I will, but I’m worried that after the novelty of freshers’ has worn off that I’ll start getting very homesick and, being three hours away from home, it won’t be easily rectifiable!

Which university are you going to and why did you choose it?

The University of Sheffield; I chose it because the course has a great range of optional modules as well as being hugely flexible. Also, I’d heard of the amazing student satisfaction at Sheffield and the award-winning student union.

Matt is a first year Engineering student at Cambridge University.

What do expect your freshers' week and first semester to be like?

I don’t know what to expect  in freshers’ week – especially having heard various rumours about the social side of Cambridge. But imagining meeting lots and lots of new people and being broken into the academic side.

What are you most excited about?

New opportunities, meeting new people, new style of life... I am really most excited about the prospect of a brand new experience and a big change, but I’m worried for the same reason.

What are you most nervous about?

As well as above – the increased difficulty of the work, doubting I’ll be able to keep up as easily as in sixth form (without having zero social life – I don’t know whether that could well be the norm in Cambridge anyway.)

Which university are you going to and why did you choose it?

I'm studying Engineering at Cambridge – because of its reputation both for engineering and in general, as well as the course appearing to be one of the more interesting courses I looked at.

Johnny is a first year Politics and International Relations student at University of Exeter.

What do expect your freshers' week and first semester to be like?

I think freshers’ will be testing, it will demonstrate whether I'm able to cope with the pressure of meeting new people, an unfamiliar place, being away from home and copious amounts of alcohol. The same goes for the first term; I expect it to be a sort of Litmus test which will decide whether I can be organised and studious enough to make a success of my degree.

What are you most excited about?

Having a purpose again. The summer after the end of sixth form, whilst nice and relaxing, has been fairly aimless. I can't wait to have a clear goal and renewed sense of direction.

What are you most anxious about?

Having too much free time, especially since my degree is a BA. Obviously, fewer contact hours reflect a need to spend non-contact time doing plenty of reading, but this will require determination without the input of lecturers, tutors and the like.

Which university are you going to and why did you choose it?

Exeter. Basically, I accepted the received wisdom that a degree, unless it is from one of the very best universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, St. Andrews etc) is essentially worth the same from most places. So I looked for a good course, and found that Exeter have a really good department for my degree (International Relations) with lecturers who have interesting specialisms. Also, I looked for a nice place which could fit two criteria; not too big but not too small, not too far from home but not too close. Thus, Exeter was the obvious choice.

Tom is a first year Chemistry student at the University of Southampton.

What do expect your freshers' week and first semester to be like?

Hopefully freshers’ week will be a lot of fun and I’ll get to meet a lot of new people. My first semester should be really interesting; especially doing lab work which I expect will be very different from sixth form.

What are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about making new friends, settling into halls and my first few lectures.

What are you most anxious about?

I’m most anxious about keeping on top of my workload. I have a lot of contact hours and it’s been a few months now since I’ve had work deadlines to meet, so I’ll probably have to get back into the swing of things.

Which university are you going to and why did you choose it?

The University of Southampton is where I’ll be going. I chose it because both the university and the chemistry department have a strong reputation. I also felt really comfortable on campus and in the department when I’d gone for visit days.

Ellie is a first year student studying History at University of Oxford.

What do expect your freshers’ week and first semester to be like?

Difficult to adjust as it’s such a different environment but it will be exciting and a big learning curve! I expect freshers’ week to be fast paced and tiring but hilarious with all the fancy dress!

What are you most excited about?

Meeting new people, especially the amount of international students.

 What are you most nervous about?

I am most nervous about the extent of the workload.

Which university are you going to and why did you choose it?

I chose Oxford because it had good teaching and resources for my course and I loved the college system.

Helen is a Languages student at the University of Exeter.

What do expect your freshers' week and first semester to be like?

Freshers’ will be fun! It'll be a good opportunity to meet new people and see Exeter properly. As for the first semester, I expect I'll have to get used to a different way of learning, but I'm really looking forward to my subjects and modules so I'm excited!

What are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about moving out, meeting new people and having to live on my own and look after myself (although I'll probably soon get bored of having to cook for myself.)

What are you most nervous about?

I’m a little nervous about meeting my new flatmates and making new friends, but at the same time I know that’s the way everyone feels, so I’m not too worried.

Which university are you going to and why did you choose it?

I’m headed to Exeter. I liked the feel it had when I visited. It has a really nice atmosphere and a beautiful campus. My course was great, Exeter city was nice and I could really see myself living there, so it soon became my first choice.




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