Guide For Freshers

Freshers!  It feels like ages ago since I was starting uni and getting ready for my first ever night out, little was I to know how much those three years would change me! However, there is still so much I wish I knew in those first few weeks that I know now so since its coming up to freshers week pretty quickly I thought I’d do a whole ‘freshers’ themed post for any of you guys who are starting university and need some little useful tips to help you in those first manic weeks.

I graduated from university in 2015 and had an amazing three years but I do wish there was a blog like this for me to read when I first started uni, I really think i would have made all the difference.

As you can see from the above pictures, I was a typical fresher; I drank, I ate shit, I wore a white t-shirt which people wrote rude messages on, I hardly exercised and I had disgusting yellow blonde hair for the first month because I wanted to be blonde (I actually ended up dying it back brown a month late….) Anyway, since I’m such an organised blogger I’ve categorised all my tips to make it easier for you to read.

 

Social Life

  • Don’t overdo it on the first night- Remember you have at least a week of nights out to get through so don’t get so fucked up  on your first night out that you’re ill for the rest of freshers!
  • Join a Society- I know you might think it best to stick with your  housemates for freshers week but it wouldn’t hurt you to have one night out on a society social instead. I didn’t end up joining a society until my third year but when I did I ended up loving it and making some amazing friends, most of whom I still consider good friends now.
  • Fancy Dress- When I say fancy dress I don’t mean ball gowns and ties, I mean themed nights, neon tights, pirate socials believe me, I hope you’ve saved all your old Halloween costumes because they will come in handy!
  • You will meet interesting people-in uni there are all kinds of people, people you will love, people you will hate, strange people and people who you think are really nice and turn out to be total knobheads, as long as you stay true to yourself that’s all that matters. Check me out being all agony aunt!

 

Health

  • Water-During Freshers you drink so much alcohol, the best advice I can give you is to drink at least 4 litre’s of water before your night out and have a large glass of water waiting for you on your bedside table when you eventually stumble into bed. That way, you’ll avoid being dehydrated and your skin won’t suffer as much
  • Cook yourself meals/Meal plan- You end up eating so much shit in those first few weeks that by the end of it you’re missing your mum’s cooking so much. Try and avoid takeaways if you can and cook yourself. Make yourself a meal plan to stick to if it helps you. Let’s face it, you’ll not only save yourself some money but you’ll also save your waistline. Even if it’s literally just pasta and sauce or beans on toast, anything is better than a deep fried burger!
  • Join a sports club/uni gym- I was too shy to sign up to a sports club in my first year but I always wish I did. In my third year I joined the gym and it was one of the best decisions I made. I found something that motivated me and kept me fit. Even if its just a case of doing a YouTube fitness video or walking to town rather than getting the bus, do it!
  • The average student puts on 15 lbs in their first year, otherwise known as the ‘Freshers 15’ its a result of all the bad food and alcohol. Two things that do no favours to your figure. I was one of the unlucky ones who did put on the 15lbs and believe me it took at least two years to lose it all. Stay active and eat everything in moderation, it sounds easy but it’s taken me most of my adult life to understand!

 

Sex and Relationships

  • Protection-I don’t know mean to sound like your mum here but it’s important you buy this just in case. You may not plan on doing anything but just in case you end up bringing someone home, your best to be safe than sorry
  • Housemates are a no no- If there’s one thing you don’t want to do in your first week or two of uni, its shag your housemate. Believe me, the amount of arguments that occurred in my flat because this guy slept with one girl one night and then another the next was just ridiculous. A massive fall out which could have been avoided had everyone had a bit more self control in my opinion. Also, no matter how casual it is, you’ll still have to live with this person for the rest of the year!
  •  Friends before anything else- I knew my boyfriend a good couple of months before anything happened between us. I think this is so important especially during the uni years. We were friends first  and it made our relationship stronger, we knew each other inside and out and knew we wouldn’t hurt each other or be after anything casual. If your serious about someone, make sure you really know them first, it’ll save you tears in the long run!

Money

  • Student Loans-Don’t be that tit who goes and blows their entire student loan on the new iPad. That money is gonna have to do you for a while so make it count!
  • Budget-This may sound pretty grim but if you want to make sure your money lasts, give yourself a weekly budget. This could help prevent you from spending £80 on one night out, that £80 could actually be four weeks worth of food shopping. So sit down and make a plan to make your money last.
  • Student Discount- One of the best things about being a student is the amount of discounts there are available for you, a discount could be the difference between spending £15 and £12, I know that doesn’t sound like much but it all adds up. So invest in a NUS card and a 16-25 railcard, they come in handy believe me!
  • Back Up Money- Now I’m not talking about savings here, I mean make sure you have a spare banknote somewhere on yourself just in case you run out of money on a night out and need some money to get a taxi home. Me and my friends used to have a spare fiver or tenner hidden in our bra, you never know when it could come in handy.

 

And Finally….

The last tip I want to give you and the one I want you to take on board the most is this, university is once in a lifetime experience. If there’s one thing I wish I did  more during my time there and especially in my first year it would be to just enjoy the moment, not worry or obsess over the guys I liked, the way I looked, the way my friends at the time viewed me. Guys, what I’m trying to say is WORK HARD, PLAY HARD!

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Author: Chelsea Thompson

Scriptwriter and Stand Up. A recovering chocoholic who is trying to maintain a balanced lifestyle whilst putting on make up and travelling around a bit!!

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