The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted large parts of the student experience over the last two years, including what students can expect as a ‘fresher’. Luckily, Brig has been a part of life on campus for over 50 years, so here are Brig’s top tips for freshers so that you can gain the most from your first experiences of university.
Join a club or society
Joining a club or society, whether that be a sports club or just one of your hobbies is one of the best ways to experience freshers, because it can offer relaxation as you take a break from your studies, allows you to socialise with fellow students and meet people whom you may never have met otherwise.
If you are worried that you will be the only new person who attends a meeting, you can be reassured that clubs are always searching for new members who can bring a fresh perspective to their society.
During the month of September, clubs and societies will be hosting ‘Give it a Go’ sessions, which is the perfect opportunity to try an activity or socialise before committing to purchasing a membership of the society from the Student’s Union.
Use student discounts
When surrounded by fellow students on a daily basis, it can be easy to forget that not everyone knows that you are a student. This may mean that you unknowingly miss out on opportunities to use your student ID card to receive a bargain on a wide range of goods.
This can be useful as a fresher when you are not used to the local pricing of items yet.
Write a bucket list
Your time as a student and a fresher can evaporate very quickly, so writing a bucket list of things which you want to do or achieve which are non-academic is a useful way of making sure you get the most from your freshers’ experience. A list will help ensure you strike a good balance between grades and socialising.
The crucial thing is to have a great time as you are only a fresher once. We hope to see some of you as Brig members at our ‘Give it a Go’!
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