Advice for Freshers

This weekend, thousands of students across the country will be moving to university for the first time and, in light of this glorious weekend, I decided to share some tips and tricks that’ll get you through Fresher’s week.
Take your multivitamins
This is crucial. All students should be taking a multivitamin on a daily basis as to avoid catching Fresher’s flu, the deadly flu that can leave you bedbound for days. Who wants to be stuck in bed during Fresher’s week?
The early bird catches the worm
Although those lie-ins are needed after that big night before, a lot of things happen in the day during Fresher’s week, including meeting lecturer’s and the Fresher’s fair. Make sure you set an alarm for a reasonable time, say 9-10, to allow you to attend all these events and meet new people.
Air your room out
What I mean by this, is open your window for a couple hours every day to let fresh air into the room. When I moved into my student house a couple weeks ago, it was unbelievably stuffy as my housemate, who had been living there for a month, left all the windows shut. I open them all for a few hours each day just to air the house out.
Don’t drink every night
It may seem like a great idea. You are away from home for the first time with money to spend, no parents to tell you what to do, and parties happening every night. My advice is to NOT attend one each night. This will drain you out, don’t forget your lectures start the following week. I went out five nights out of nine during Fresher’s, using the other nights to relax and chill with friends watching films. Drinking every night will be bad for your bank account as well as your health.
Attend everything
You are paying £9,250 a year, why wouldn’t you attend everything? Most lectures are mandatory and, while we all occasionally do skip one due to a hangover, it’s best to attend everything as, in the long run, they are your most useful tool for exams.
Call your parents
Not only have you moved away from home for the first time, but they have said goodbye to you for the first time so it’s just as hard for them as it is for you. Call your parents whenever you can maybe text them each day telling them what you have been up to. My parents loved to see pictures, so make sure you take plenty.
Plan your meals
This saved me a lot of money last year. I didn’t set meals for the days, but I wrote down what meals I wanted that week and bought whatever I needed for it. That allowed me to have a choice as well as an array of foods.
No one wants to live in a pit. My dorm room last year was always spotless. One of my friends never cleaned his room and, much to his surprise, we all refused to hang out in there as it was a disgusting pit of dirty underwear and old plates.
Warn your flatmates
If you are planning to have people over, ask your flatmates if that’s okay. In my flat last year, we always made sure to clear plans with the rest of the flat before inviting people over. A few times, my flatmate had to go somewhere else as the rest of us had early morning lectures. She, of course, didn’t mind as we didn’t wish to make each other feel uncomfortable.
Have a routine
As someone who loves planning, I enjoyed creating a daily routine, including when I’d wake up, study, clean etc. This allows you to have a schedule and dedicate time to the things that are important, rather than just winging it and trying to do too much at once. I plan my washing around the same time as my best friend, as we often chuck our things in together, saving us money and water.
Eat right
Yes, all students are guilty of snacking on chocolate during dinner or ordering pizza because “I can’t be bothered to cook”, but really you should be looking to spend as little as possible, as well as eat healthily. I love to snack on fruit as opposed to chocolate, it makes me feel a lot better about myself, allowing me to save my chocolate for when I really need it. If you aren’t a great cook, cook with a friend. Again, my best friend and I will make dinner together as it is a lot cheaper cooking in bulk than it is to cook alone.
If you have anxiety like I do, you may find this a little daunting. Forcing myself to talk to people has definitely improved my social anxiety. I’m able to strike up conversations with strangers now and don’t find it intimidating to talk. This’ll allow you to become more confident and meet new friends.
Be nice
Sounds weird to say, but being nice to people goes a long way. There can be drama at university, just as there can be drama anywhere, and you want to avoid being horrible to people because what’s the point? Always be friendly to whoever you meet.


One Comment Add yours

  1. El says:

    these are awesome tips Han, so so true! xo

    Liked by 1 person

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