Top tips for freshers
It seems surreal that a-level results day has been and gone, and soon freshers will be in full swing. It feels like yesterday that I was starting at Warwick! When you first move onto campus it can be a bit of a culture shock- you’re surrounded by new people and new opportunities, so I’ve got a few tips on making the most out of freshers fortnight.
Don’t feel like you have to rush around on moving in weekend!
Your flatmates are going to be an integral part of your first year, and first impressions matter! Take some time as you move in to chat to people before you dash off to the SU or have lunch with your parents. You’ll have plenty of time to unpack, so don’t try and do it all as soon as you move in. Instead I think it’s a good idea to knock on your flatmates doors to introduce yourself.From my experience, it makes the first weekend much less daunting if you know a few faces before freshersis properly underway! Top tip: bringing some snacks to leave in the kitchen for people to share will get you in your flatmates’ good books from the get go!
Do take opportunities and try new things
Freshers is your chance to get involved with societies, sports and opportunities you’ve never even heard of before. My advice would be to scout out the freshers fairs to discover all the things available to you, but give it a few days before you actually sign up! The taster sessions run throughout the first weeks are a great way to try out different things without committing (society membership costs add up if you join impulsively but don’t end up going)!
But don’t feel like you have to be someone you’re not
You hear so many stories about people trying so many societies and sports during their time at university, all while managing their degrees. This is a great achievement, but don’t let it intimidate you into feeling that you have to try every society going to get the ‘university experience’, or that you haven’t made the most of your time at Warwick if you don’t. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable at Warwick, and it’s ok whether that means joining 20 societies in Freshers’ week or non at all!
Plan a trip home
This might seem like a weird one, but planning a visit to home or for your friends/parents to visit later in the term might help you settle in. Having the date planned from freshersmeans you have it to look forward to just in case you get homesick, and by this point chances are that you’ll have more stories to tell back home! Plus, it’s always nice to get some home-cooked food when you’re recovering from freshersflu…
Go to your lectures!
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but make sure you go to all your lectures (at least in the first couple of weeks!!). While the introductory lectures might seem like a waste of time, they give you lots of tips and tricks for succeeding in your degree and ease you into your course. Sure, you might want to spend that extra hour at the societies fair, but going to your lecture will probably help you more in the long run!
As cliché as it sounds, the most important thing to do when making the most of freshers to have fun! No matter how many blogs you read about freshers, nothing can really prepare you for it, and that’s what makes it so exciting. Just try to relax and shape it to suit you- freshersis really just the start of your Warwick journey.