Freshers week is almost here for many of you, and the start of University. Being a fresher is a fun, new, exciting, scary thing, and we know that you're probably freaking out. But don't worry, we're here to help and shed some of our wisdom as graduates. The main thing I want to reiterate is "don't sh*t where you eat". Seriously.
Don't: Shag someone in your flat or block in Fresher's week. You will have to see them every day for the next year. Save yourself from the horrors of awkward pre drinks and wait until you know them better. Plus, everyone in halls are super intrusive and gossip spreads fast- there will often be a chart of who hooked up with who, try and stay off it for Fresher's week. Also, don't have sex with someone in your seminar. Group projects aren't fun when you can't look them in the eye, let alone do a presentation together worth 20% of a module.
Do: Make friends with everyone in Fresher's week, you won't stay close to them as it's a known fact that your fresher's friends don't usually end up being your uni friends. But it helps to socialise, everyone's in the same boat. It's nice to be nice. Plus, the more people you know the more parties you get invited to and the more queue jumps you receive.
Don't: Ignore the "fresher 15". It's real. You will either gain or lose 15 pounds in freshers. Mostly due to consuming 2,000 calories worth of alcohol a night. And then surviving off dominos to get rid of the hangover. Or, not eating at all because you'll vom. It's fine for the first week to live like trash, but try not to let it seep into an every day lifestyle.
Do: Take advantage of naps. You'll miss them when you're a third year and a real adult. Nap all the time. Seriously, do all the napping.
Don't: Peak in first year academically. First year is suppose to be when you peak socially, the academic stuff comes later. Second and third years will always tell you first year doesn't count, and you'll think it's patronising. But seriously, it isn't. You just need 40%, that's less than half. If you even turn up to most of your lectures you're pretty likely to pass. Also, other years hate when first years take up library space, so GTFO and go to the pub.
Do: Join clubs and societies. They have the best socials, lots of free booze and it's a great place to meet people. Piece of advice, from experience, joining the trampoline club in freshers isn't smart. All that bouncing isn't good for a hangover.
Don't: Get in a relationship in the first week, or come to uni with a high school boyfriend. Ok, it works out for some people, but they're the exception. If you get in a relationship in fresher's week you'll regret it, because you only know that person drunk, and when you break up your friendship group will have to pick sides. Also, it sounds harsh, but don't come to uni with a bf/gf. You'll break up because one of you cheats- save yourselves the heartbreak and break up amicably before you go to uni.
Now we've gone through the social main dos and don't of starting university, you need the sartorial ones. First impressions are everything at Uni, so make sure wardrobe is uni ready. Shop below for the outfits that'll see you through Fresher's week...
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