Welcome to Welcome Week – OurWarwick
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Welcome to Welcome Week

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Dom Thornton | Film Studies Contact Dom
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The time has come, the time has come, the time has come… (this week), is not only how LCD Soundsystem begin their great song ‘Us v Them’, but also the truth for all you freshers out there getting ready for university by, I presume, packing all the things you need – though more accurately things you think you’ll need but in actuality will never get around to using. Nevertheless, I’ve spoken in previous blog posts about preparing for university, and this edition will focus on what to do the moment you arrive on campus soil. That’s right, it’s officially Welcome Week (colloquially it’s Freshers Week, but for the sake of formality…)  when first years arrive, and I’m here to provide the lowdown on how to make the most of the first week of the rest of your life. Please note, as always terms and condition apply, to refrain from too much excitement I must add that Welcome Week may not change your life. To quote the band that marked the start of my karaoke career at Warwick, “anticipation has the habit to set you up/for disappointment in evening entertainment”. Now the paperworks taken care of, welcome… to Welcome Week.

Add Events to Your Timetable

By now, incoming freshers should have access to their Welcome Week timetable, which allows you to browse all the events that are taking place over the entire week, and then add them to a personalised timetable just for you. I can not stress how useful such a tool is, and I recommend taking full advantage of such a device. If anything takes your fancy or looks the little bit interesting to you, then definitely add it to your timetable. Though please do not fret if you change your mind or can’t end up making it to an event – there is so much going on that it would be impossible to attend everything and nothing is ever set in stone. Also, make sure to download the myWarwick app, which will update your timetable for the entire year and send notifications directly to you.

Go to Events

So the events have been browsed and the enticing ones have been added to the timetable. The next thing to do is go to such events. An expert is a specific sport or never tried it before? Go along to the taster session. You never know, you might be an expert fencer and might find a new passion. Have a lifelong love for a certain hobby and want to meet others with things in common? Go along to a meet and greet. Love film and want to attend weekly screenings of great films? Go to one of the handful of screenings hosted by Film Studies Society (shameless plug as I’m an exec, I’m sorry)  The execs will be more than happy to see you, and each society event offers an opportunity for great fun.

Get to Know Campus

One of the most useful things I did the day I arrived on campus was to locate the building where my lectures took place, and figure out how to get there from my accommodation. Now it may sound obvious and simple, but the size of campus can be rather overwhelming if you’ve never been there or experienced anything like it before, so figuring out and orienting yourself was really helpful and reassuring – it feels good to know where you are and where everything else is. It makes it feel a little bit more like home.  

Relax and Enjoy Yourself

Something that is often forgotten, but it’s important to have fun, to relax, and to enjoy yourself during Welcome Week. Worrying about the incoming term and academic workload should be far from your mind. Welcome Week only lasts a week, and a week doesn’t last forever. So have fun, look after yourself, and of course, Welcome to Warwick…

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Dom Thornton | Film Studies Contact Dom
When i'm not studying film as part of my degree,…
Find out more about me Contact Dom

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