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?
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