Activist Advice: Freshers' Week

Activist Advice: Freshers' Week

Got questions about Freshers' Week? Read the advice from our Activists, as they share their experiences of starting university.

Freshers’ Week can be an exciting, unique and intimidating time, and that can be just the first day alone!

If you’re starting university, you probably have a fair few things on your mind: how to handle going out, what to join in with and how to get the support you need.

Thankfully, some of our Activists have been through Fresher’ Week themselves. Here’s what they have to say…

Making friends

“Everyone is just as scared as you if not more, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, they’ll be relieved you did.” – Gaby

Be yourself! That way you’ll attract people who appreciate you for exactly who you are.
Munriat

Going out

“You don't have to do everything in freshers' week - it's totally OK if you don't want to drink alcohol or go out partying! Lots of unis have alternative freshers' weeks with events like movie nights or bowling if that's more your thing." – Rose

"One piece of advice I have is to make the most of the city/town outside of campus. I know that for me there was a lot of drama in the campus bubble in first year, so it really helped to go for long walks and get a job in Brighton." - Marianna

It’s okay not to be able to cope with clubs and activities. Do what you want to do and leave out what you don’t.
Immi

Joining a society

“Societies! As much as partying will seem fun, often the best friendships are forged through common passions! Don’t be afraid to approach people at meetings and events – they want to get to know each other as much as you do.” – Zaynah

“One of my regrets is that I didn't make the most of the free events for freshers, such as the free taster sessions that societies offered. I would make the most of that before you start paying for their memberships as it can be expensive." - Tamanna 

Societies are a good way to meet people, network and make friends!
Tamanna

Finding support

There will be lots of new students like yourself, with many of the same worries and anxieties as you, so universities are prepared to help and support you through the next few years.
Sam

“Find out what support is available to you if you need it. Your university might have a health centre, a counselling team and you'll likely have a personal tutor of some kind, so make sure you know who they are, because you never know when you might need them.” – Rose

Registering with a GP

“It's a good idea to register with a GP in your uni town, and you can still see your home GP in the holidays - you just need to register yourself as a temporary patient with them when you go home”. - Rose

Different places have different mental health systems, so many sure you find out exactly what they have to offer so you have help in place when you need it.
Sam

Speaking up

“I missed the first few weeks of term due to the anxiety of entering the classroom, but when I was honest to my new teacher he came back and told me his son also had Asperger’s so he knew exactly how I felt. He accepted my apologies and accommodated me in a way I never would have got had I just turned up weeks later with a simple ‘sorry’.” – Sam

Final advice

“Remember that there's no right or wrong way to get through uni. Everyone is different and we all have our own ways of doing things, so don't worry about doing university or freshers' the 'wrong way', because we're all unique and will have unique experiences.

Don't try to be the perfect student! Everybody makes mistakes, nobody writes perfect essays and most people do at least one ridiculous or regrettable thing in freshers' week.”  - Rose

Never be afraid about making mistakes, everyone around you is in the same boat.
Jessica
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