After months of waiting, Welcome Week is finally here! As a first year student this can be quite a whirlwind of emotions – it’s exciting but slightly nerve wrecking at the same time.
DON’T PANIC it will all be OK!
I’ve put together a few tips on how to “survive” Welcome Week from my own experiences.
Don’t try and do too much
Prior to coming to university I wanted to do EVERYTHING, however the reality is: there really isn’t enough time in the day and you will quickly wear yourself out. The University puts on a great range of activities to try and suit everyone’s tastes so I’d recommend only attending events that you’d really like to go to (and of course all compulsory events).
It can be very easy to spend a lot of money during these first few weeks, especially for students receiving a substantial student loan/scholarship/bursary – so just be careful and set aside a small amount of money for Welcome Week.
Also, I’ve found that buying a weekly online shop instead of going to the corner shop for individual items has saved me a lot of money (and time). Check out our latest posts for more budget tips!
Take care of yourself
It may seem like an obvious one, but for many students this is their first time away from home and it can be easy to forget about the simple things – like laundry and cooking substantial meals. As fun as it may seem to eat pizza everyday – it’s not good for you and it could make you more likely to get ill with the dreaded “freshers flu”. Just add a few fruit and vegetables into your diet and this will help prevent getting ill (no, vegetarian pizza doesn’t count).
And finally… Relax
University is great, just relax and enjoy it! Welcome Week is all about settling in to your new home and having fun whilst your at it. There are plenty of great things to get involved in and you will no doubt have the time of your life! Don’t forget there’s lots of support available on campus if you need it. We look forward to seeing you soon 🙂