By Sandip Kana
The long summer is fast drawing
to a close and the new academic year is on the horizon. With universities set
to open their doors again for a new cohort of students, for many this can be a
very daunting, nervous and stressful transitional period in your life. But this
should be an exciting and enjoyable experience; with fresher’s week almost upon
us here are our top tips for surviving it.
1. Don't be an introvert - Try to socialise.
During freshers week you are
guaranteed to meet a lot of different and diverse people. Some of them will
become your friends for life, some will become your course mates, whilst others
you’ll have to live with for the coming year. No matter the situation this is
the one week where you want to try and meet as many new people as possible. Not
everyone you meet will become your BFF, but the more people you meet –the less
you’ll probably think about home.
Every university across the
capital has an abundant of societies; from sports, to culture, tech, Harry Potter
–there’s pretty much a society for most things nowadays. Most will charge a
small fee for membership for the year; don’t feel obliged to sign-up to
everything, but do attempt to try things outside of your comfort zone. You
never know what hidden skills you may possess.
3. Going Out
Going out during fresher’s week
is as conventional an activity as going to the fresher’s fair. But there are a
few things to bear in mind –especially if you’re new to London. Always carry
some spare cash in either your purse or wallet; many bars and clubs do accept
card transactions, but it’s always a good idea to carry some cash on you. Don’t
forget your ID (driving or provisional licence) – you will not get past the
door-security without it. Finally, have a list of local and trusty-worthy taxi
firms in your phone; if you need some guidance on this talk to the guys at
reception in your Scape residence. Alternatively, install the Uber app for
reliable, trusting and affordable taxi rides.
4. Have Fun
Going to university can be one of
the most daunting things you’ll probably ever do. It might all get a little too
much for you at times; you might feel like you want to go home. But be strong
and enjoy this time, this freedom and your student life, because before you
know it, it will be over. But that’s three years away – for now just go out and
paint the capital red (albeit safely).
Did you get up to anything
interesting, fun, or exciting during fresher’s week? Why not leave us a comment
below with your fresher’s stories?