Here are 6 tips to help you survive freshers’ week for the first time. It can be hard not knowing what is waiting for you and who you will be spending the week with, but do not worry! This article is going to help you feel less worried and more prepared.
Tip 1: Make yourself feel at home
As you may be living away from home for the first time, it is important to feel at home as much as possible in your accommodation. Being homesick can stop you from experiencing University as well as having a negative impact on your mental health. It is important you fill this time to bring elements of home with you, even if its photographs, keeping in touch with loved ones and or any bedroom ware. It may be hard at first, it’ll get easier.
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Tip 2: Keep an Open Mind
When you move into halls during freshers’ week, these are the people you are most likely going to be spending your first year with. Make sure you introduce yourself and be friendly! Everyone is in the same boat and is as nervous as you.
Tip 3: Freshers Fair
Universities always hold stalls that are dedicated to giving freshers’ goodie bags or leaflets to events, as well as discounts on food. This is a good chance to meet other people but as well as doing something with your flat! The more you engage; the easier nights out will be with them!
Also take advantage of these stalls, they are there to make you grab everything that is available! You’ll even become insightful of what your University offers students during the first few months.
Tip 4: Social Events
As you establish your new surroundings with new friends, why not start to plan your first night with them? Not only will you feel safer about your first night out with new people, you’ll also have a fun time preparing for the night!
Besides, who doesn’t love an organised plan?
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Tip 5: Drink Safe
Always make sure you know where your drink is always. As scary as it sounds, you should be responsible for pouring and holding your own beverages, especially around new people. No matter the circumstance, one nights out be safe! It’s a new environment that you’re not used to, have fun but be aware.
Tip 6: Know your limits
If you are uncomfortable being at an event or a situation, take yourself out of it or consider your feelings before it happens. It is important to take care of your mental health as it is a new chapter in your life which can be a big change, so take control of your situations and only be involved with events you are comfortable doing! Remember, do not be peer pressured!
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