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7 Things to Try During Fresher's Week


By Simon Thompson
 
     
By Aimee Dewar

Fresher’s Week can pass by in the blink of an eye, leaving you with hazy memories and a massive headache. To make your drowsy state in that Monday morning lecture seem worth it, however, here are 7 ways to make sure you get the most out of Fresher’s Week.

1. Join a club or society

You might not even stick at it past Fresher’s week, but give it a go! Your university will probably be hosting a Fresher’s Fair where you can collect freebies and check out what is on offer. A lot of the stalls will belong to clubs of societies and many friendly society members will be there, ready to share your interests and enthusiasm. Whether you are sporty, arty, into music, cooking or martial arts, there will invariably be something for you. If there isn't? Well, you can always start your own. Your first year is the perfect time to be active in your university clubs and societies as your workload should be at its most manageable, giving you plenty of time for new activities.

2. Go out every night of Fresher’s Week

You may get a touch of the Fresher’s Flu, but it’s worth it. During Fresher’s, there tends to be a great student deal each night of the week. This encourages you to try a bit of everything and see what you like. Visit as many bars and clubs as you, and your liver, can manage during your first week and by the end of it you’ll have your favourites. Now that’s what I call efficient!

3. Go to your course social

Find out when and where it is and get going! Many of us tend to stick to our housemates during the first few weeks, but socials are the perfect opportunity to meet your course mates away from the constraints of the classroom. Spending time with others on your course before contact hours even begin is a great way to feel more comfortable when you actually do start your lectures. This should come in handy for any of those tricky group presentations along the way as you will already have good working relationships!

4. Fancy dress

Look out for nights out where fancy dress is on the cards! Before Halloween comes around, check out any other events that have a special dress code. Neon nights, pub golf and army outfits feature all year round but, during Fresher’s Week, these occasions are hilarious icebreakers where everyone usually looks as silly (or awesome) as each other. This is also a good way to scout out your local fancy dress retailers early on so by Halloween you know the drill.

5. Cook a roast with your housemates

It may turn into a competitive episode of MasterChef, but the result will be well worth it. This is a great way to see out the end Fresher’s Week and, with everyone pulling together, will bring you all closer. Even if some of you may not be the best cooks in the world, everyone can do their bit from setting the table to buying ingredients to doing the washing up afterwards. The first week can be the most daunting for new undergraduates and I find a roast is the perfect remedy for missing home – it can also become a Sunday night routine!

6. Learn a new skill

So many new experiences await you at university. You may be learning shorthand as part of your course, trying to repair a puncture on your bike for the first time or have just joined the university’s foreign language society. During Fresher’s Week, so many opportunities can arise that you can often begin to learn a new skill without even realising it. Grab these opportunities and you might be surprised at what you can do. I learnt to juggle.

7. Explore your city

Google Maps is especially helpful for this one - if you don’t have this feature on your phone, you can very easily pick up a map of your local area at some Fresher’s events. Exploring is a great way to get to know your way around and find some hidden gems along the way. I reveled in finding shortcuts to university so I could secure a little extra time for a lie-in in the mornings! You also may stumble upon some tucked away little cafes, bars or clubs that some first year students aren't yet privy to. Bonus!

 
 
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