With Freshers just around the corner and students all around the country getting hyped up for a fun filled week of booze, new friends and no doubt some coughs and sneezes, I thought I’d give you a little advice on how to make the most of your first year of university.
Making the most of...
...Where you live
Almost every university student would say that living on campus is the best thing you could possibly do for first year. It’s much easier than getting a house (provided the accommodation services cooperate) and it’s a sure fire way to make some of your closest friends for the next few years to come. First year is a year of irresponsibility (sorry parents). So why worry about paying bills and catching buses every day? You become a family unit in halls, whether there are 3 or 30 of you, you’re all in the same boat and it’s a great part of the uni experience.
Societies are something I really failed to get involved with, and I’m really disappointed I didn’t. They’re a great way to carry on doing something you love, or get involved with something new. Not only that, you can also meet new friends from different halls, years, and courses, and from what I've heard and seen, have some truly amazing nights out with your society too. Furthermore, getting involved with societies looks great on your CV!
Your course is a great way to meet new people with similar interests. It’s always best to branch out from your new friends at halls and make more through your course. You’ll find it a lot easier having friends on your course that you can get help from and discuss your work with. Getting stuck in with your course is also a helpful way of knowing you're going in the right direction with your life, try not to just drift along within your course, especially if you're unsure with the choice you've made. If you have any concerns during the year concerning your course, don't hesitate to talk to someone about it.
...Your first year
It’s a year for fun. Your main aim of the year is to pass, though there’s no harm in doing better than that. Just remember that you’re only a Fresher once (in most cases!) and you needn't let work get the better of you. Freshers are the ones we expect to be slumped outside the campus chapel (my friend really did this), slurring your words whilst asking for cheesy chips and occasionally (or frequently) being incapable of making a worthy contribution to your seminar discussions.
To make the most of your first year, you need to get involved, get chatting to new people, make memories and have some hilarious and brilliant stories to share and reflect upon. Good luck!