Fresher’s week is one of the most exciting times at university for all students, regardless of their level of study!
As a first year student, this week is particularly important because for most of us it is the first time our parents have left us on our own to discover the world and by that I mean live with 4 or 5 other strangers in the same flat, figure how to work out the stove and how to turn the washing machine on. So fun.
But more than that, Fresher’s week is the first chance for you as a first year student to get immersed into the university life, meet new people and decide what you will be doing with your free time. However, with everything going on, it is sometimes hard to decide on what you would like to do and which events you would like to attend so here I come to rescue!
Here are some of my pro(maybe) tips of how to make the most of fresher’s week that will make your life a lot easier throughout the year.
- Attend as many events as possible!
I know the introvert in you already doesn’t like this blog post but believe me, it is for the best!
First year is the time when you have enough hours in the day to try out as many things as possible, so take advantage of that! Sign up for events, societies and give a go to things you haven not had the opportunity to try out, like archery or pottery or acting in a musical. The University of Sheffield has an incredible variety of things you could do. In order to make sure you don’t miss any great opportunities keep an eye of your university email and also come down to the Students’ Union to pick up a Give it a Go booklet and any other flyers that might include information about events happening that week. They will be scattered across the whole building, so just take one!
- Go to the Activities’ fair!
You pass by the Students’ Union and you see a massive queue in front of Octagon. Yes this is where you should be too! That is the Activities’ fair also known as the event where all the societies and services offered by the university gather for a day to showcase what they can offer and also give you the opportunity to become one of their members or sign up for their events. There will be department specific societies, special interest, political you name it, the Students Union has them all! And the best part is that if you are interested, you can sign up on the spot, saving a lot of time!
- Go shopping!
Pans, pots, pillows and all the boring stuff. Yes you will have to do it if you do not want to sleep on a bare mattress for the rest of the year. It is best to get this out of the way as soon as possible. But before that, do your research. There are plenty of shops in Sheffield for all budgets so make sure you choose the one in the price range you want. You don’t want to go into the first shop you see in sight and spend £50 on a pot, or that will become your most prized possession for all your university years…
- Go discover the city
This seems an obvious thing to do, but it is easy to get caught into the university bubble and forget that there is a whole new world beyond the concourse. Sheffield is known for the numerous coffee shops and parks where you can go and have a relaxed day out with your friends. So when you find yourself out of ideas on what to do, go out there and find your favourite places in Sheffield, places you will like to come back to later in the year and the ones you would like to show your friends and family when they come visit you.
There are so many more things you could do during freshers week and this is just a short list to get you started. And while you’re doing all these don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the experience. 3 or 4 years may seem like an eternity but they will pass buy quicker than expected!