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Freshers Week Survival Guide

Fresher’s week is a time to make new friends and experience new things. Having been through freshers multiple times myself, I am a seasoned pro. Here is my guide to surviving freshers.

Dive In!

If you’re feeling apprehensive about not knowing anyone, remember that everyone is in the same boat as you! My first tip is to dive in head first. Don’t let nerves get the better of you. Go to as much as you can and talk to as many people as possible. You’ll probably meet some of your closest friends during freshers week. 

Get Free Stuff

Secondly, take advantage of all the free stuff. Get stationary for free, trinkets for free and get fed for free. Regardless of what college you go to, there is a high probability that there will be free pizza available at some stage during freshers week, so keep your eyes peeled for free food when you’re on campus – if you’re stealthy enough, you can have lunch and dinner sorted for the day.

Join Up

The best way to get free food during freshers is to attend your university’s society fair. This is where all the societies set up stalls and encourage students to join. It’s your opportunity to find out more about what societies might interest you. Joining clubs and societies is one of the best ways to make friends in university, and there is something for everyone, so there’s no excuse not to join one!

Have Fun!

How could a guide to surviving freshers week be complete without mentioning going out. This is where the real survival comes in. I can’t stress enough the importance of pacing yourself. Monday night is probably going to be the biggest night, but don’t get carried away! The trap freshers most commonly fall into is going too hard on the first night and then not resurrecting again until Thursday. Be careful, know you limit, and stick to it. Freshers is an exciting time, so make the most of it.


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