Answering questions I would have asked as a Fresher – Part 2
This is the second part of my series on FAQs for incoming students! I’ve been answering questions I asked 4 years ago using the experiences and advice I’ve learnt throughout University.
If you’d like to see my first instalment of FAQs check out this link: https://our.warwick.ac.uk/answering-questions-i-would-have-asked-as-a-fresher-part-1/
Like always, if you have any other questions you’d like answered please either instant message me on the OurWarwick platform or comment on this article. I will answer as soon as I can!
Q. What do I cook?
A. Come up to Uni with some recipes in hand!
I found cooking hard at Uni, I had cooked at home sometimes but finding the motivation to do it every night took some getting used to. It might be worth asking to help out with the cooking at home before you come up so you can have some recipes up your sleeve. I also rely on Cooking books and BBC Good Foods to help me out. Try to meal plan in advance (probably at the weekend) so every day you know you have food ready to cook with. Like most aspects of University, I’m a more confident cook now than I was 4 years ago so don’t be hard on yourself at the start!
Q. What if I need support?
A. Support is here, don’t hesitate asking
There is support available at University, the transition is difficult and people are aware. When you arrive you will be designated a Personal Tutor and if you live on campus you will have a Residential Life Tutor who you can call on if you need help. Warwick Wellbeing also offer support such as Therapy and skill sessions, whilst Nightline is a non-judgemental listening service run by Warwick students if you need someone to talk to at night. The important thing is to ask for support if you need it. If you feel overwhelmed, opening up to your personal tutor or contacting Warwick Wellbeing is a good first step in the right direction.
Warwick Wellbeing: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/wss/
Q. How do I get involved with societies?
A. Check out the Societies and Sports Fairs organised for you during Freshers Week
Societies make up an integral part of most student’s University experience. I for sure found a society I liked and ran with it, becoming Social Secretary at the end of my first year and President at the end of my second. I think it’s important that you find a society you really enjoy. This does mean that I’d encourage you to try out lots of different societies at the start of your first term. It can be quite intimidating to get involved and meet lots of new people but it’ll be worth it when you find the people you really click with. There are over 250 societies and a vast number of sports clubs but don’t feel overwhelmed! You have at least 3 years to join as many as you like!
Q. Do I need to prepare over Summer?
A. If you’re expected to prepare, your department will let you know
Uni will be an academic challenge, and it is understandable if you feel like you want to prepare. If your department are expecting any work from you they should contact you in advance. If not, pre-reading and research of modules can only help. At the same time, you shouldn’t feel a need to do this. I did no preparation before starting as a fresher and did not regret it. A break before University is really important, terms are 10 weeks long and it is worth resting before you dive in.
Q. Is clubbing the only way to be social?
A. It doesn’t have to be, find out how you like to socialise
Clubbing wasn’t my social of choice when I was a Fresher. Societies offer a great way to socialise and meet new people without a necessity to go out. Many societies offer a range of drinking and sober socials to get involved with. There are also great restaurants and cafes on campus to meet-up with friends. I was nervous about University culture at 18 but it’s something you’ll grow into, there is no pressure to drink or go out. Whether you drink or not, you’ll find the people and socials for you at University – just take it at your own pace!
I hope these questions have reassured you. I am always available to answer more questions. University is a big change but exciting too, asking questions will probably help put your mind at rest!