Life After Fresher’s Week

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Freshers’ Week will soon be over and the realisation of why you’re actually here (hopefully, to work!) has hit you like a big yellow school bus. The partying is over and the work is about to begin, but fear not as here is a quick guide to surviving life after Freshers’ Week.

Make sure you get some early nights (alone).

Freshers’ Week will have undoubtedly taken its toll, too many snakebites and too little sleep will have left you feeling worse for wear. So catch up on some beauty sleep while you can – and preferably not during lectures.

Learn how to organise and prioritise your time.

University life may sound like a walk in the park with considerably less contact hours than sixth form or college but be warned, there’s always work to be done. A second-year student told the Hullfire: “When your friends are just on the other side of your door it’s so easy to become distracted so a couple of friends and I started to study together, which really helped”.

Don’t get too busy to ring home!

Getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of university life can quickly make you forget about those back home but a quick call to friends and family could be all you need for that comforting feel of familiarity and support, as well as a reassurance to those back home that you’re doing well and settling in. For most students however, homesickness isn’t an issue. As a second-year biologist told the Hullfire: “Before I knew it, it was a month into university life and I hadn’t even had chance to think about missing my parents!”

Get to grips with the University campus.

Most of you will have come to uni with a cocktail of anxieties. One of which may well be finding your way around campus. Fear not, it will not take long to find your way around. The campus is scattered with sign posts and there’s a map at the main entrance. Have a quick glance at a map of the campus and you’ll find where you need to be soon enough!

Check out your finances.

Luckily Hull is one of the cheapest cities in the country to live in, so here your money will almost certainly go further than it does in your home town. However, university life isn’t always the best for your bank balance. Create a budget early on so you don’t have to spend the latter half of the semester eating nothing but baked beans (own brand, not Heinz). A second-year biologist told us: “The main expense for me was going out on nights out but after a couple of weeks I started to realise that you could make smart choices on what you buy and learn to budget.” Don’t fret; if you’re in a bit of bother financially the university union can help you out in a number of ways from helping you find a part-time job to emergency grants.

Decide which societies to join.

Hull has lots of great societies and sports teams for you to get involved in (as you’ll know by reading The Hullfire) and most of you will have gone around the Freshers’ Fair signing up to a variety of different ones, but there’s only so many hours in a week, so decide which ones your really interested in. Whether you want to continue a hobby from home, re-kindle an old interest or try something new, Hull has a lot to offer and societies are a great way of meeting new people. But don’t worry if nothing takes your fancy, you’ll meet loads of new people on your course and in halls as well!

(Try to) Avoid Freshers’ Flu.

Unfortunately it’s not just an urban myth; the combination of living with loads of new people and going out takes its toll on your immune system. Add Hull’s chilly climate to the mix and you’re likely to get ill.

Get out and socialise!

Not all of the partying stops after Freshers’ Week! Your uni years will probably be some of the best of your life so take advantage of the opportunity to go out and have fun – after all, it’s the best part of university! Put aside any petty quarrels you may have with other housemates, don’t lock yourself away in your room, get involved and enjoy yourself!

Sian James

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