With Stirling’s Freshers Week kicking off in just a few days’ time, here are Brig’s top five tips to make the most out of it.
- Don’t try to do every single freshers week activity. Stirling has what feels like hundreds of events during freshers week and nobody should bend themselves in half trying to attend everything. Look through the list, decide what appeals to you, and leave yourself plenty of downtime. Plan to get your mandatory registration and admin stuff out of the way first and then you know the time you have left over for fun and socialising.
- Don’t spend too much. Poster sale, vintage fayre, IKEA trip, endless nights out. There are so many things you could be spending your money on during freshers that it’s easy to lose track of the term ahead and the slightly less fun expenditures like textbooks. Set a budget for the week’s fun and stick to it.
- Introduce yourself to your flatmates. If you’re living with people you’ve never met before, introduce yourself and get to know them. They won’t necessarily be your ride-or-die friends forever, but you do have to live harmoniously together for a year. It will be much easier to do so if you start off on the right foot.
- Join a club or society. If you do nothing else during freshers week, go along to the clubs and societies fayres and talk to the ones that interest you. Clubs and socs are some of the best things about university life and being involved in one or more is not only fun, rewarding, and a great way to meet people, but it can often be great for your CV too.
- Give yourself patience. Freshers week can be a LOT, especially for first years who are living away from home for the first time. You may feel overwhelmed, homesick, lonely, or just plain tired. It’s 100 per cent understandable and you should make space for these feelings. Take some time out, sit in your room for a bit with a cuppa and enjoy an hour’s peace and quiet. We all need it.
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