Welcome week: Dos and Don’ts
Let me start off by saying that this blog is by no means being written to tell you how to experience your welcome week. Rather, it’s being written to advise you on what’s great to be getting involved with, and what to potentially avoid.
1. Attend the societies fair
The societies fair will be held at some point during welcome week (it will say on the timetable you’ll be provided with in your welcome pack). If you’re like me, without any ‘proper’ hobbies (in other words, I don’t do sport, and haven’t participated in many extra curriculars since childhood swimming lessons!) you might be tempted to not attend, but you should attend for this exact reason! You’re given a prime opportunity to start fresh and try something new! At Warwick there are so many societies for pretty much anything. I was really interested in the Anti-sexism society, Mind aware society and yoga society. It’s almost guaranteed that there will be something for you, so make sure you go along and chat to the different societies on offer!
2. Attend campus-based activities
These will also be on your welcome week timetable, and include activities run by students and staff such as campus and library tours. I attended a library tour, purely because the sight of the 5-floored building scared me, having come from a college library with two small levels. In this tour I was told about how to find books (there’s so many that there is a particular coding system!), how to take them out and return them, as well as everything regarding short and long loans!
3. Try and get a basic idea of where the main parts of campus are
By this I don’t mean locate every spot on campus (it’s pretty big and isn’t all contained within one area). However, during the day if you fancy leaving your flat and going for a stroll, go for it! It’s best to try and find Rootes grocery store, the main SU building (no doubt you’ll be visiting the bars/club inside it at some point that week!), as well as off campus places such as the Cannon park shopping centre, where you’ll go for your weekly food shop.
4. Spend some time in your own company
During freshers week, it’s easy to want to spend every minute with your new flatmates, especially as making new friends can be quite daunting and you want to make a good impression. However, spending some time sorting out your room, having a brief look through your degree content and going for a stroll around campus are all perfectly fine to do, and I would actually encourage it! Not everyone is always going to be available all year, so it’s best to get used to your own company.
1. Feel like you NEED to go out every night
This isn’t intended to discourage socialising, but rather, to bring to light how if on one night you’re not feeling it and want to suggest a chilled night in with everyone, or just want an early night by yourself- go ahead! You have all year to go out, and your flatmates definitely won’t hold anything against you for making this decision. Do what is best for you, only you know how you feel at that current time.
2. Sign up to everything too fast, too soon
An example of this would be signing up to 10 societies, paying all the membership fees, and then realising that you only have time to attend 2 a week. Wait until you start term, attend some taster sessions and then decide which societies to sign up for. There really is no rush, you can join in anywhen in the year, so if you want to wait until term 2 when you’ll be more settled, then this is fine.
3. Buy lots of supplies before term starts
You may or may not be provided with a list of books that you’ll need throughout the year. If this is the case, firstly search the library website to check if the book is online. If so, you don’t need to buy it unless you like having a physical copy. If not, then check second-hand websites such as ebay and abebooks. This will save you a lot of money! I’d also discourage buying lots of stationary, because throughout the year you might stray away from pretty highlighted handwritten notes and convert to typing up everything like I did!
My final piece of advice would be to not think too much about everything, be yourself and do what you feel is right for you!
Welcome to Warwick!