Despite what people say, starting out at university isn’t all about getting drunk and having fun. There’s all sorts of pressures like learning to cook, making new friends and avoiding Freshers’ Flu that make Freshers’ Week all kinds of stressful. At MGHQ, we’ve been through the trials and tribulations of Freshers’ Week ourselves so here’s our Missguide on how to make it through.
Your mum and dad drop you off at your halls. It might be scary but remember everyone is in the same boat.
When you first move in, keep your door open as you unpack so you can socialise on the first day.
You’re going to be asked the same questions over and over again, ‘where are you from?, ‘what A Levels did you get?’, ‘what school did you go to?’, try to smile and answer in a friendly manner.
You’re going to have to learn how to cook your own meals, possibly for the first time if your life…ever. Pasta is your new best friend.
Despite thinking you might be the campus’ answer to Mary Berry, things might not always turn out as planned. Try not to get disheartened.
Get your new friends involved, after all two hands are better than one, right?!
And if it all gets a bit too much in the kitchen, the occasional takeaway is totally okay.
Just sign up to a few onsite campus activities to burn off the extra calories. It’s a good way to meet new friends, too.
Loan day comes around and you’re like…
Try to remember that your loan has to last past Freshers’ Week…
…or you could find yourself in a sticky situation and living off beans until January.
It’s time to socialise. Pull out all your best moves and get ready for a big night out with your friends.
Despite spending half your loan on clothes, you’ve still got nothing to wear. Remember to do laundry, your mum isn’t on hand to help anymore.
By day, trackpants are your friend.
During Freshers’ Week, it seems like every night is fancy dress so come prepared.
There’s gonna be that one cute boy that you’ve got your eye on, but try to reserve conversations for when you’re sober.
Avoid awkward, drunken kisses on night’s out…
…or you could end up trying to avoid them on campus for the next three years.
After a couple of night’s out, you’ll inevitably find yourself run down with the infamous Freshers’ Flu. Remember, Berocca is your friend.
Spend your days catching up on old Friends re-runs, nursing yourself back to full health.
Because come night-time, it’s time to pull on your best outfit and do it all over again.
Morning comes round and you realise you’ve got to start doing some real work.
It’s time to get some sleep before lectures begin.
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