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What is a Compulsory Drinks Reception? (living at home, bit nervy)

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    Checked my timetable and I have a compulsory drinks reception for my department to attend for an hour. As someone who is in their late twenties, commuting to uni, I'm a bit concerned what this will actually consist of. I also suffer with a degree of social anxiety and know literally noone on my course (we haven't started and I live at home and commute). I just have a vision of being the old one at the back looking at their phone trying to stave off a panic attack lol.

    Not really looking for reassurance but just a feel of what it's actually like, what to expect, what's the general dress code, are there generally places to sit etc etc. I know this varies from university to university but I'd still like I feel for what it's like for anyone who has experienced it. Is there actually alcohol? Feel like that would make things a little less stressful. Even if it is a lot of people making the rounds and talking to everyone and little circles of people who know eachother I'd rather know rather than go in blind.

    Thank you!

    Don't forget no-one really knows anyone at this stage. Some people will stick with going out with the first group of people they meet, which is often flatmates and so look like they are a close group, but they aren't really as they have all just started like you.

    At my uni this sort of thing is casual dress and is usually in the department and is just an opportunity to meet others on the course and meet some of the tutors (mine is a very big department so they have this kind of social event for combined students or students on 4 year programmes etc so you get a chance to meet others doing the same course). There is alcohol and soft drinks and sometimes crisps or other nibbles. People either sit around or mill around generally chatting and the teaching staff generally circulate and chat with different people (as they like a free drink as much as anyone else!)

    It's an awkward social occasion that neither the hosts nor the guests really want to participate in, but the powers-that-be organise it so that they can 'tick' the box on having welcomed new students. Free wine, and an introductory speech from the department.
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