Freshers Week 

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. 

2. Societies

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? 

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