Freshers week is a brilliant way to get involved in University life and make new friends, but it’s only one week long (two at certain universities). It’s important to make sure that you are just as prepared for after freshers as you were for freshers.
Below are a few tips on how to make the most of the after freshers buzz:
It’s easy to make friends during freshers week, but once the semester starts, and people start attending lectures it can be hard to maintain those friendships. Yes university is about education, but friends also play a vital role in you uni experience so stay in touch with as many people as possible. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you meet in freshers, and organise nights out. If you’re not much of an organiser make sure to stay up to date with what people are doing and try to get involved.
Nights out are fun but they can be expensive too. While it may be tempting to drink whilst you’re out, it will cost a fortune. Pre-drinks is a great way to cut down on the costs whilst getting to know people better in a less formal environment. Just make sure to know your limits and stay safe.
Actually go to the things you signed up for
Signing up for clubs, groups and societies is easy, actually attending is hard. Some societies are free and other’s charge a small fee, regardless most will offer a taster session. While you may not be as excited about attending as you were when you first joined, it’s a good idea to get involved. You’ll probably loose contact with a few people who you met in freshers week, so getting involved in societies and groups gives you an opportunity to make friends with a whole new group of people who have similar interests to you.
No one can blame you for not focusing on you diet during in freshers, you barely have a minute to yourself so cooking is most likely not an option. When freshers is over though it’s important to try and incorporate healthy activity into your daily routine. You may not have an hour to spare at the gym but a ten minute workout is better than nothing and dedicating 5 minutes towards making a sandwich is both cheaper and healthier for you.
Save your money
Freshers week can be expensive, spending a lot of time outside of the house and socialising can eat away at your finances. Just remember you’re not alone. A lot of students have loans and will also be struggling with their finances. Finding inexpensive activities to do such as going to open-mic nights, or getting involved in local sports club allows you to be active and interact with others without affecting your budget.
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