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Caitlin Irwin – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

What To Expect In Freshers Week

Monday, June 22nd, 2015


Starting University can be daunting, especially if you’re moving away from home. Often theres a general sense of confusion over whats going to actually happen when you get there, but the main thing to remember is most other people are feeling exactly the same.

This is why you have freshers week. It gets you all settled in before you have to start your lectures and the real work, so for the most part you’ll just be finding your away around, meeting your lecturers and other students…and partying. You’ll receive a timetable for freshers week which will tell you what days you need to be in University and where to be. If you get the chance, it’s good to walk around the campus before the week starts and figure your way around a bit. Through the week you’ll have library inductions, and introductions to course leaders, and module leaders – you should really turn up to them. Chances are you’ll only be in a couple of days in freshers week and usually for not very long – so you’ll still have plenty of time to go out. Although they may not seem important at the time, you might regret not going later if you don’t know how to use the library or who your lecturers are.

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But thats mostly just the boring parts of freshers week, the rest of it is filled with events, and theres usually something for everyone. The main bit of freshers week is that you take the time to meet people, there’s events every day both in the university and all through the city. Don’t worry if you haven’t a clue what any of these events are yet – they usually release them a lot closer to the time.

What most people are looking forward to is the parties and nights out. There’ll be things on every single night, last year there was foam parties and paint parties and even comedy hypnotists. Go to them and enjoy them, it’ll give you a good chance to bond with your flatmates and people on your course. Remember that although its important to turn up to your inductions, the week after you’ll be starting your real lectures, so take the time to enjoy yourself.

Most importantly – go to freshers fayre! Freshers fayre takes place on the campus in freshers week and you’re guaranteed loads of freebies and vouchers (often for dominos and wetherspoons, which you’ll be thankful for later in the year). It’s also your chance to sign up for sports clubs and societies – sign up for anything and everything you’re interested in and give it a try. There are loads of different clubs at the University and they are such a good way of meeting people outside your course and flat.

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Lastly – don’t worry if you’re travelling in to the university and either aren’t in halls or don’t live in Sunderland. Make friends on your course and in societies and usually someone will let you crash at their place for the night if you’re going out!


Caitlin x

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