Staying safe and happy during freshers
You’ve just turned 18, got your A-level results (congrats by the way) and suddenly you’re facing the lure of the whirlwind nights and cheap drinks of freshers week. Of course, it’s important to have a great time, but it’s also important to keep the memories (no matter how hazy), good. So here’s a couple of tips on how to make the most of your first week of the uni nightlife without having any disasters… or at least not any major ones!
1) Know your limits
We all have that little voice in our heads that tells us if we have one more drink it’s going to end up being a blackout. That voice, although it can be a slight killjoy, can be the main thing between a night of fun and a call to security. Remember- you can always get yourself newly tipsy if you start to feel yourself sobering up, but you can’t get yourself off the flat chunder chart until the end of the year…
2) Stick together
It’s always slightly awkward going out with a bunch of people you met literally five hours ago, and it’s times like that when the extra shot for some increased social confidence seems like a good idea. What isn’t a good idea is ditching your new flatmates half-way through the night. Firstly, it’s unfair to leave each other alone in a new environment, and secondly it doesn’t get you off to a good start with the people you have to live with for the next year.
3) Know when the night is over
For some the fun ends at 5 in the morning, for others it doesn’t last past pre-drinks. Some don’t enjoy the party at all. It’s up to the individual, and it’s important to respect when people stop having fun and want to go home. There’s always going to be another night out, and it’s better to call it quits and walk your new friends home early than to keep them out when they don’t want to be there and end the night in tears.
Freshers can be a great week, but it comes with a lot of preconceptions, none of which you must feel the need to adhere to. As long as you’re having fun, that’s enough, so don’t put yourselves under any pressure!
P.S: If, and only if, you do have an emergency, campus security really are excellent, so don’t hesitate to call them if your night takes an unlikely turn.