Everyone’s going to make mistakes during Freshers Week; but here are some you can avoid
Freshers Week is a time to make mistakes - you’re in a new place, you’re making new friends, and when the week’s over no-one’s going to remember anyway.
But if you want to steer clear of a few standard blunders, follow this advice from the TSR community. They’ve done the freshers fails so you don’t have to!
1. Not packing the right things
It’s a tough job, packing for uni. Is a second suitcase of shoes actually necessary? Will you need your fancy dress supplies? Do you take summer clothes, or will it be cold by the time you arrive? These are all valid questions, but not everyone thinks of them:
If there’s a moral in there, it’s probably don’t underpack - but don’t overpack either. Just make sure you take what’s essential to you.
2. Spending money too quickly
Big nights out can be a big drain on most student budgets. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as St. Brynjar explains:
You don’t start uni knowing these things; wisdom comes from experience, after all. It’s a bit like knowing to hold fire on shopping sprees when the first instalment of your loan comes in...
3. Wrecking your halls with parties
When you’re spreading your social butterfly wings at uni, you might think it’s a great idea to throw parties in your new home every now and again (or every weekend.) Hint - it’s not.
If you’re gagging for a house party, encourage your mates to have it in their flat instead. That way, you’re not left with the clearing up, as Quantex discovered:
Enough said, really.
4. Falling asleep in random places
You go out, you have a few drinks, you lay your hat wherever you fall down - it’s all part of the fresher lifestyle. But Freshers Week can be a cruel mistress, and your newfound ‘friends’ might not be as lovely as they first seem...
On the other hand, there is something magical about awakening to find strangers fast asleep in your corridor. If you do come across any, be sure to leave their eyebrows alone.
5. Drinking anything and everything
Freshers can be a great time to let your hair down and have a few bevvies. Although people who haven’t done so before, should probably steer clear of downing a bottle of neat vodka on their first night. Or probably ever.
But you can learn from this mistake, by simply being selective about your tipple. Sometimes the cheapest drink isn’t always the wisest.
If you do fancy a drink and just haven’t found your favourite yet, here’s some valuable advice:
You’ve been warned..
6. Not getting involved in events
If the constant socialising becomes overwhelming, take some time to find sanctuary resting up in your room. Just remember to resurface every now and then, as Freshers is a great time to try new stuff and meet new friends.
But know your limits!
Still, even if you do make lots of mistakes in Freshers Week, at least you can take comfort in the fact that others have done the same. Well, unless you’re usualsuspects that is:
What was the biggest mistake you made in Fresher’s Week?
Or maybe you’re starting uni this year? Get involved in the conversation…
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