Thursday, 10 September 2015

4 HELPFUL TIPS THAT EVERY FRESHER SHOULD KNOW

September is the beginning of a new era for college students everywhere. Going to university is both exciting and equally as nail-bitingly worrying, so I thought I would give some little chunks of advice to the people going this year as I have been there and done that, and nothing is really as complicated as some people make it out to be. This may well be the millionth post from your frantic Google searches if you're worried about starting university; perhaps this will help you, or perhaps it will remind you not to spend your student loans on Wagamamas. Again. 



TALK TO PEOPLE
Believe me when I say that every single person is hoping that someone talks to them first. If there is one thing I wish I'd done when I was a fresher it would be talking to people more and getting out there without fear. You cannot go to university and claim not to have made friends because there wasn't an opportunity given to you. Universities are well aware of the challenges people face moving to a new city and not knowing anyone, hence why inductions exist! Go and sit next to the person with that bag you like and strike up a conversation, because everyone is hoping someone talks to them first. It's nice to be nice, and you don't know, that person may just be spending the hour induction 

FRESHERS IS NOT ALL ABOUT CLUBBING
As odd as it may seem, in university freshers periods, people will spend 2 weeks talking to everyone and making friends and then it suddenly stops, so don't spend 2 weeks just getting drunk with people.

You'll find it harder to make friends after people have formed these little groups that they seem to cluster into. Do something different and remember that it's OKAY to skip out on the nightclub pyjama party to get to actually bond with your new friends. Freshers is a money making event run by the clubs in your area and doing shots isn't the best way to get to know people.

MONEY MANAGEMENT IS EVERYTHING
When you first get your student loan, you will feel a deep sense of urgency to go to your nearest Topshop store and spend it on a coat and three pairs of shoes, but DON'T be that person. I was that person. And I struggled. If you're lucky enough to have money left over after paying your rent and expenses then take advantage of it, make a budget and attempt to stick to it. If money slips through your fingers like sand, give some money to your Mum to look after for you or load some emergency food money onto a gift card for a supermarket. The last thing you need during exams is 8 shifts at John's chippy in order to survive and pay your rent.

40% WILL DO
You will probably have heard the term 'first year doesn't count' on the #UniAdvice hashtag on Twitter or even from your friends that go to vodka revs every night of the week, because they simply can.

The truth is, if you flunk out on your first year, it's bad practice. Of course you can scrape by on 40% if you hate the module - we've all done it, but try your hardest to show your tutors your potential and be sure to take this 'practice' year seriously. Things get harder in second year, and it will be a shock if you don't really know what you're doing. Tutors are also people - they are going to be more inclined to help the students that actually turn up and put the effort in with essays and work; They're not so inclined to help the girl who works at a nightclub til 6am and then rocks up to class and falls asleep...



What tips would you give your university fresher self?

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20 comments

  1. Spot on! I always tell Freshers' that although it will be a great week of going out, not to put too much pressure on it, or spend too much because once they've got solid friends, they'll have way better nights for half the price! Also, you're right, first year does count because you can be removed from your course and not allowed to progress into second year! :) x

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  2. "Everyone is hoping someone else talks to them first" this is just so true x

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  3. Everything you have said is so true! When I went back to uni to do my second degree it was a real eye opener and you're totally right that everyone expects other people to talk to them first, I can't remember it being like that in the 90's but maybe people were friendlier?

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  4. I loved my time at Uni. I didn't really speak to the people I met in Freshers Week after it finished but it was fun meeting lots of new people!

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  5. I never went to Uni, although most of my friends did, This list would certainly have helped a lot of them out in the early days!

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  6. Great advice! Starting as you mean to go on is always key I feel. Thank you for sharing x

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  7. I think the best thing I could have heard is that everyone is in the same boat as yourself. Uni can be the best time but it's quite daunting

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  8. I wish I had read this when I was a fresher. My money managing was dreadful and I did think it was all about the going out. :)

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  9. Some pretty good tips. My new uni friends and I did the alternative freshers week rather than spending all the time in the bar...we ended up doing quiz nights in the chaplaincy centre (none of us were particularly religious, but they had good activities going on), and a barn dance! Random but we got to talk properly, compare weird life stories, and avoid all the drunkenness.

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  10. I didn't go to uni but I certainly get the impression from my friends that it's more about the 'experience' than actually learning anything! This is great advice, I do wish I had gone myself sometimes but I wouldn't change anything really, it has all worked out very well regardless X

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  11. Loved this post and totally agree with all the tips in this :) x

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  12. Great advice, I completely agree that money management is so important. When I first moved out to University I really struggled with my finances. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog :)

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  13. I did an OU course so never had the fun of getting to know others on Freshers - it sounds like a daunting but amazing time. x

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  14. I never made it to uni so I missed out on Freshers fun but great post :)

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  15. Great tips, it's so long since I was at uni but this brought it all back! It definitely pays to be sociable!

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  16. I found out the first year didn't count in my 2nd term and I was so angry that I put so much effort in when I could have chilled out a little more and done the stressing in my 2nd year. I'm about to go into my final year and my biggest tip would be to speak to people you wouldn't normally speak with and don't take people on face value, you can make friends for life at uni

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  17. I remember being a fresher - an exciting time. This is a great post for those going into Uni and not know what to expect

    Laura x

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  18. I agree with the first year. You should give 100% from the start and not only in the last year. You'll never get your 2:1. I am glad that I have university behind me though and I am not planning on returning for a master any time soon.

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  19. Great tips! I've never been a fresher as didn't go to Uni but I could probably have done with these tips as I am pretty shy! x

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  20. Love this - my daughter is going into her second year of Uni right now and I vouch for every point you have made in this post! Kaz x

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