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Student life, in partnership with UEA
You don't have to drink or smoke to fit in! I know that Uni culture is mainly focused on 'going out' but with the pandemic, I doubt people will be clubbing anyway? My advice is to just be yourself, most people don't really care what you do and don't do as long as you're a nice person. In my first year, my housemates and I did stuff like baking, watching I'm a celeb, movie nights, going to the gym, cooking together, going for walks or shopping, etc. So tbh, I wouldn't worry about it! Good luck and have fun
I am in my second year and have done both years completely sober! I don't feel like I have missed out on anything, other than a lot of hangovers. I found it helped to make friends going out clubbing during freshers week but after that I often skipped the nights out. I just made sure to plan other activities with my friends, plenty of movie nights, waffle parties and games nights for example. I never felt like I missed out and never felt pressure to drink. Reading student union also makes a point of having non-alcohol events and ensuring that societies do the same.
Be reassured university is less about drinking than everyone makes it out to be, it is prevalent yes but definitely not the only way to fit in or have fun.
I hope this helps! You won't be the only one I am sure.
Second year Biological Sciences and Student Ambassador