If you are off to university this month then you are probably feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves. University is one of the best experiences of your life but it is completely normal to initially feel a little apprehensive when you go away, particularly if this will be the first time that you are away from home.
Your first month -and arguably your first year- of university is all about doing a little work and having a lot of fun. If you are able to relax and enjoy yourself then you will quickly be cured of homesickness and get into the swing of being a student.
Like anything, the best way to get the most out of Fresher’s Week is to prepare as much as you can in advance. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Get to know your campus
Your big move is probably only a couple of weeks away but there is still plenty of time for you to visit the university campus beforehand to have a stroll around and get to know the place. Getting lost is almost inevitable during your first few months but the more you know your campus or city the better prepared you will be.
However, if you live too far away to have a good stroll in preparation don’t worry; while your evenings are going to be jam-packed, Freshers’ Week can actually be pretty lifeless during the day so you will have plenty of time to wander around to get your bearings.
Plan what to pack
On the day of your move there are plenty of things to think about such as where you are going to park, what your accommodation is going to be like, what introduction events are taking place, and probably what new students are most concerned about – who they are going to live with.
There is so much to think about that there simply is not room to consider what you need to pack as well. Be as organised as possible by planning what you are going to pack in advance: write a list of everything including your kitchen utensils, stationery, underwear, clothes, books, make-up, shoes, etc. Having a detailed plan of everything is the best way to ensure that you do not forget anything.
Organise everything by labelling bags and grouping together all your studying stuff, your bathroom things, your shoes etc. This way it will be very easy to get everything unpacked and prepared for when you actually move in.
Remember your tickets
Hopefully you will have pre-ordered a freshers’ pa ck –essentially a pack of tickets for the student nights – so you need to remember to actually pick them up! Find out where you get the tickets beforehand (if they haven’t been posted to you) and make sure that you get them on your very first day.
If you forgot to order a pack then do not fear; there will undoubtedly be plenty of tickets left over to purchase during the week itself. Find out how you get your hands on them (your accommodation will probably have a nearby area where you can buy them) and get them as soon as possible.
Know your limits
Okay so this is probably going to fall on deaf ears but believe it or not it is a good idea to drink wisely even during Freshers’ Week! Naturally drinking games and having a few too many are traditional for freshers but while this week is said to be one of the wildest, you really don’t need to drink what everybody else is or feel the need to join in games that you genuinely won’t enjoy.
Nerves have an odd effect on different people so some people will immediately get as drunk as possible and make fools of themselves. During freshers most people are too worried to openly criticise somebody else but privately a lot of people will think that the person who has had too much is an idiot even if they are going along with the facade that it is funny.
Enjoy yourself by all means but don’t binge for the sake of joining in, there really is no point. Having said that, if you do have a few too many don’t worry too much, you certainly won’t be the only one!
Store a taxi number in your phone
While having a good time making new friends is something that you should look forward to, you should not let this compromise your safety. One of the most significant ways that you can prepare for freshers is to store a local, reliable taxi service on your phone; this way if you do get lost you are never truly alone.
Nottingham Cars is generally considered to be the most reliable service for people throughout Nottingham, particularly students. We are liked by students not just because of our cheap service but because you can rely on our drivers to be there for you when you need us.
Our rates are very competitive and we also have a 10% student discount so that you know you are getting a terrific price when you travel with us. We are even partners with the Nottingham Trent student union because they want their students to be assured of a safe ride at a great price.
To stay happy, organised, and safe during freshers week why not store our number now? Contact Nottingham Cars any time on: 0115 9 700 700.
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