Have you just moved to UWE? I have and I'm absolutely loving it! I wonder if your experience of Freshers was like mine...
I moved into Halls in ‘Moving in Week’ and I’m so glad that I did. I met so many new faces straight away and it gave me a chance to settle in and get used to my new surroundings before everyone else moved in.
The drive up to Bristol (from South Wales) with my Mam and sister only took just over an hour - it would’ve taken less time if my Mam wasn’t driving. She drove on the hard shoulder TWICE and took the wrong turning probably more than twice…
By the time we’d arrived it was all pretty confusing to say the least. The campus is a maze but thankfully, there were lots of students and staff dotted around to guide us to where we needed to be.
There were moving in helpers waiting outside of the flat to help with unloading and carrying things into my new place, and considering that my new room is situated on the top floor, I was extremely grateful! With their help as well as my Mam and sister’s help with organising my room and unpacking my things, it was all looking much homelier in no time.
The flat was quiet (and very clean, too!) for the first week seeing as there were only three out of twelve of us there. Not long after my Mam and sister headed home, me and one of my flatmates decided to go to the Student Union Bar where we met lots of new people!
The fact that I was moving out and away from home for the very first time didn’t feel real at all, and sometimes still doesn’t. I haven’t really had the chance to feel homesick as I’ve literally been home to see my family and my boyfriend every weekend so far. Plus, knowing that I’m just under an hour away from home helps a lot too.
Throughout the rest of my first week, more people started to move into the flat.
And I also started meeting people from my course!
This month has consisted of great nights out with great people with lots to see and do around campus (such as activity events, freebies from the Freshers Fair and lots of try-out sessions for different societies).
It’s fair to say that it’s been quite a month but a great month and on the plus side I’m yet to get attacked by the famous ‘Freshers Flu’. The joys!
I'll leave all of you future/fellow freshers out there with a few tips during freshers:
- DO socialise and join at least one society. Even if you feel slightly outside of your comfort zone, just try them out!
- DO get the ‘Men ACWY’ vaccine done before you go to Uni. It’ll protect you from meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly or cause irreversible damage to your body.
- DO balance out your social life with course-related matters well. Going out with your new friends is fun but it wouldn’t be so much fun falling behind on work. After all, you are going to Uni to get that degree!
- DON'T tire yourself out by going out every night.
- DON'T isolate yourself. Remember that everyone starting Uni is usually in the same boat and it can be daunting and overwhelming! Even if you don’t feel comfortable enough to talk to your new flatmates or people on your course about how you’re feeling, UWE offers free counselling and support.
- DON'T eat junk food too much (you’re more likely to get ill if you do... I should also take note of this point…)
Good luck to all of you fellow freshers out there!
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