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    I've seen a lot of threads along the lines of 'advice to my 16 year old self' etc so I thought it would be fun to do one about being a fresher. It might help someone out and it's fun to reminisce!

    Mine would be:
    -Spend less time in bed
    -Get rid of the boyfriend you had at the time
    -Expect the first term to be the most expensive
    -Everyone else does not have more/better friends than you

    What would you tell yourself?
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    Don't contract flu the week before Freshers, that is all
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    Absinthe bombs are not a good shout.
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    Love this! Any advice with regarda to stationary?!

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    For God's sake do not just pour the whisky without at least a vague idea of how many units are in the glass
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    (Original post by suzannataylor)
    -Get rid of the boyfriend you had at the time
    What are your reasons for dropping the boyfriend?
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    If it tastes like urine. It probably is.
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    Don't start drinking at midday just after moving in :lol:
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    (Original post by Ubergooose)
    What are your reasons for dropping the boyfriend?
    Largely to save myself being dumped at a New Year's party. Ouch.


    (Original post by Muppet Science)
    For God's sake do not just pour the whisky without at least a vague idea of how many units are in the glass
    Haha. I could actually drink quite a bit more than most of the people I got to know if the first week or so. Wasn't sick in my sink once!
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    (Original post by hl7495)
    Love this! Any advice with regarda to stationary?!

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    Buy all of it!
    No but seriously, in first year I didn't buy any coloured pens, sticky notes, rulers etc and I really wished I had.
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    Just try your best to enjoy yourself.

    Try not to be self conscious - even though all freshers are (which is hilarious btw)

    Try to dress and look nice - most people won't, so you will stand out and people will want to talk to you

    Smile whenever possible

    Don't ignore anyone and try to include everyone - nothing is more fun than mixing social groups that otherwise would never have happened.
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    Best advice is to talk to as many people as you can. My flat when knocking on other flat doors and that's how we got to know everyone in our block.

    Even when people from different blocks of my halls were walking to our halls' fire and safety talk, I struck up some conversations with people from other blocks as everyone was walking in groups (flatmates together) and it was pretty cool. I was surprised actually at how easy it was to strike a conversation, just the general, what block you from, what course, where abouts in the UK are you from etc


    Also I would highly recommend you print out a map of your uni and pin it up on your walls / noticeboard. Very easy to get confused with the buildings and you really don't wanna be late for any introductory talks / lectures you may have.

    Do also make an effort to hang around in the kitchen with your flatmates. Think of it as your social area, just chat to them, have a couple of laughs and of course enjoy your pre-drinks there!

    Read your uni emails also, they are extremely vital, you don't wanna miss out any vital info, whether it's about maintenance in your accommodation or room changes for your lectures!


    People often think that uni is just about studying, but you gotta realise that it's also a great chance to socialise and chat with others! It really can bring you out of your shell!
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    - read your blooming emails
    - say yes to EVERYTHING for the first 3 weeks or so.
    - if you look at your feet as you walk past all of the people trying to give you flyers and randon crap, they'll leave you alone.
    - if it's free, take it. Especially if this happens to be pens.
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    These aren't really things I'd say to myself in relation to mistakes I made, but just general advice

    Freshers Week, and to an extent the first 4-6 weeks of first year, is not the same as the rest of your time at university. It's totally different. If you don't enjoy the Freshers thing don't be miserable thinking you have three years of it. There are a lot of people at uni which means people with the same interests and personality. You don't need to conform to the mainstream if it's not you, just look for like-minded people.

    Choose your friendship group carefully as you are likely to pick up some of their characteristics. If you hang round with people that take their degrees seriously you will probably do well and enjoy each others' success. If you hang around with people that have come to uni to party all the time or smoke weed in their flats all day then you will end up following their lifestyle and it almost becomes unacceptable in the group to study hard or do well because it shows the others up.

    Don't spend three years being obsessed by relationships, while the opportunities of uni pass you by. Those 3/4 years you spend at uni present opportunities you will never get in another window of your life: to learn new things, do new things, meet new people, get your career set up. Get those years right and you will be set on a good path for the rest of your life. But so many people look back after finishing uni and wish they'd done something they could have done at uni. IMO the big reason people don't is because those 3/4 years are dominated by relationships and relationship issues. They are spending their whole time thinking about who they fancy, will they/won't they get with them, then when they are in a relationship they spend their time thinking about how it's going, where it's going, the latest argument they've had, then when a relationship ends they spend weeks/months unable to focus on anything other than getting over the relationship until they find someone new they fancy and the cycle starts again. For young people, relationships are obviously important but seriously I saw it happen so often at uni that people lived in a bubble of their relationship issues and everything else, degree, career planning, doing other things they'd really like to do if they opened their mind to it, just don't get a look inside this bubble.
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    Guys this is Brilliant :laugh: and Im sure will my so helpful for me in Sept! Thanksxx
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    Back for round 2:

    Don't take freshers too seriously, or most of the first year for that matter
    Don't be pressured into thinking you need to be friends with everyone you meet, including the postman and next door's cat
    Do buy a wristband or whatever access to all student events voucher
    Don't live wholly on microwave meals, I knew several people who looked a bit tubby after only a couple of weeks
    Take at least £200-300 for freshers
    Go to the freshers fair, collect loads of free fings
    Don't have a hissy fit if matey across the hallway has left his dishes out for longer than 30 minutes
    But do clean your **** up, especially if the sink starts to resemble some third-world water hole.

    And there we have it. I'm glad I'll be in a house-share this year away from all you disease-infested freshers, enjoy
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    Do join in with many different societies, but do not think that you can make it onto 3 different sports teams and start doing morning fitness classes the same week as coming down with freshers flu.. Just don't xD
    Don't take the week one reps too seriously, they may be there to help but they may also be a giant d**k..
    Take full advantage of any and all free things


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    Don't give in to peer pressure.
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    I would say "carry on".
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    It's worth joining at least one society, sport team or getting some sort of university role (resident support, student politics, etc.). It'll look good on the CV and when you're asked what you did at university you won't be left blank.
 
 
 
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