How to Fresher
It’s only logical to start chronologically I guess, so here’s a bit about Fresher’s fortnight.
I arrived on the Sunday of arrivals weekend as my surname falls in the latter half of the alphabet, and quickly got my keys and found my home for the next year. Next, I went and filled in a load of forms registering for various boring things (GP, student ID etc…) then met up with a mate who I’d met on Facebook who was doing the same course as me.
Within the space of about two days all the awkwardness of meeting my new flatmates was over, and after fresher’s it felt like we’d known each other for ages. The sign that the awkwardness is over is the state that you’re willing to walk out of your room in. For the first few days clean clothes, perfect hair and nice aftershave is required. Gradually this deteriorates. The hair becomes messy and the nice clothes become joggers and a t-shirt. Once you’ve reached dressing gown level you’ve officially moved in.
It took me a couple of weeks to fully finish unpacking. Mainly because I was busy attending all the society fairs, fresher’s events and meeting new people. Meeting new people in fresher’s fortnight is possibly the easiest thing to do. If you’re worried about it, ask these questions to strangers:
Hey, what’s your name?
Where’re you from?
Where are you staying?
What’re you studying?
You will both ask and answer these questions several hundred times during the course of your first few weeks at university. You’ll also hear so many new names that you’ve never heard before. Warwick has students from all over the world so you’re bound to hear some new ones.
You’ll no doubt attend some of the society events where a plethora of different societies and clubs will bid for your attention. There are a lot. And I mean a lot. My main advice here would be to join as many as you can. Go to as many ‘intro sessions’ as you can to get a taste of the society. If it’s not your thing then you never have to go again, but you may find something that you love. I’ve got a couple of examples for you from my flatmates. I currently live with a rugby player, he loves it and has been playing it all his life. He’s now also a member and player for the mixed netball team. He’d never played it before, but gave it a go and loved it. Another one of my flatmates goes and plays netball having only given it a go briefly at school. Now he regularly attends their social events and has made a load of friends there. It’s well worth giving things a go!
Aside from all that, there’s also the odd party. Go to them. That is all.