With the academic year drawing to a close and exams coming to end, its time for me to write my final blog. I hope that your exams have gone well and that you are starting to look forward to university in September. The ending of my blog also marks the end of my fourth year at King’s College London a place I will be very sad to say goodbye to!
I’m going to end my blog series with my best tips for surviving Fresher’s week.
Surviving the Fresher’s Fair
At the fair you are going to be surrounded by societies for pretty much anything you can think of, the standard subject based groups such as Maths Soc and Chemistry Society and then the slightly less conventional choices such as the Harry Potter and Tea Societies. Joining a society is a great way to meet new people at university so do sign up for as many as you can. However, don’t feel like you have to sign up for everything you see, you don’t want to be bombarded with emails for the next year!! Also, do be sure to make the most of the freebies, as well as the student groups, there will be businesses there too. Nandos came to our fair and everyone got a free menu item.
Making new friends
A good thing to remember is that everyone starting university is in a similar position to you, they probably don’t know anyone, it’s their first time away from home and they feel a little unsettled. If you do feel a little homesick in the beginning, don’t worry, you will not be the only one! However, you’ll probably find it’s very easy to starting chatting to people and making new friends, during the first few weeks, everyone is especially talkative so don’t be afraid to start a few conversations, you never know, you could make a friend for life!
Surviving on a budget
With all of the events going on, fresher’s week can get quite expensive! Don’t feel like you have to go to every event, you’ll still make plenty of friends even just going to a couple. Remember than your student loan probably won’t have come in yet so try to have some money already saved. Don’t feel like you have to go to every alcohol centred event there is, they can get expensive and you may miss out on other activities. You could even invite your new flatmates out to explore the new area with you – its probably completely new to them too!
Well that’s it from me! I hope you have a fantastic time at university – I’m sure you will! You’re about to start an amazing new chapter in your life, try to make the most of the opportunities you’ll have and have lots of fun along the way!
I wish you the best of luck!