Sunday, 28 August 2016

How To: Survive Freshers

Seven years ago, I got my A-Level results and I found out that I had been accepted into Nottingham Trent Univerity (T.R.E.N.T....comment below if you know the rest!)
I will admit it, I cried like a baby when I found out I had got in. I was looking forward to moving out of my parent's house and starting my degree, but mostly, I was excited to be a Fresher!

I feel incredibly old saying that I was a fresher seven years ago, but I want to share with you what made freshers, and the subsequent three years, the most incredible years of my life....

1. Be yourself - University gives you the space to re-invent yourself or find your own identity, but be careful of trying to be someone you're not. You will be with the people around you for a minimum of three years, make sure you show them your true self.

2. Join as many sports teams/society groups as you can - In most Universities, they have the sports social nights out on a Wednesday, this was the best night out of the week. But, in order to be guaranteed a ticket, you needed to be part of a sports team or society. These groups are also amazing for making new friends. I went out with surf, netball, tennis, name it, I tried it!

3. Try something new - This links to the point above. Whether it's a new sport or a new food, freshers is all about trying something new. For many of you, it will be your first time living away from home - make the most of all these new experiences.

4. Attend as many of the freshers events as you can - Whether it's nights out, your course induction or your halls talk, these are all so important. These are all chances to get to know people and create incredible memories together. Memories and friendships, I guarantee, you will still have seven years later.

5. Join facebook groups before you go - I managed to find a group for my halls, my course, and the general Universty one. This was invaluable for me. Before I even set foot in Nottingham, I knew most of the people who I would be sharing a flat with and some people who would also be on my course. This makes the first day less daunting if you can already put a face to a name.

6. Be prepared to spend a small fortune on fancy dress - no freshers week is complete without at least one night of fancy dress. The facebook groups I mentioned before are also really useful to find out the fancy dress themes for freshers week, so you can be prepared.

7. Don't do anything you'll regret - Freshers week is crazy, but ensure that you make it crazy for the right reasons. It might be your first taste of freedom, which feels amazing, but please make sure you stay true to yourself. Freshers is full of new people, alcohol, late nights and parties - ensure you are only doing things that you are totally comfortable with.

8. Have the most amazing time - My time at Nottingham Trent University was honestly some of the best years of my life. If I could go back and re-live my freshers again, I would do it in a heartbeat. I wish the same for all of you too.

Let me know in the comments what University you will be going to? 

Love, Kate xx

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