To kick off my week of Freshers advice, I’ve adapted a piece I recently wrote for our university magazine at GCU!
A new year of university is upon us, folks. For those of you just starting out – I’m totally jealous, by the way – this can be a really daunting time. Relax, you’ll have a blast! To ensure you make the most of your time as a student, I’ve come up with some pointers I quickly learned as a Fresher:
Sometimes the “worst” clubs are the best clubs
Stick with me here. I spent my first year touring round all the nice places where I could wear expensive dresses and heels… until my ability to spend £5 on a vodka and coke came to a halt, and I had to look for cheaper alternatives. This was where I discovered that up here in Glasgow, we have a number of gems that are hidden just because some don’t like their kind of scene… Nowadays? Give me a £1.50 spirit and mixer in exchange for sticky floors any time! (Also, big shout out to The Garage for being the only nightclub I’ve been to yet that does fresh waffles AND face paints, along with a bouncy castle. WHAAAT.)
Don’t become that flatmate
If you don’t have that flatmate, chances are you might actually be that flatmate. Not that it’s always a bad thing; but if you don’t want to be, then don’t panic, it’s fixable. Just make sure you do your dishes, and don’t wait until 2am to creep into the kitchen and cook in order to avoid social situations!
Own a deck of cards
If Freshers week taught me one thing, it’s the impact a pack of playing cards has. Friendships will be made, drinks will be had, information will be over-shared.
Your lectures do actually matter
Lectures are important. When I was a Fresher, I ignored this fact on the basis that it seemed like I was always attending introductions to the course – what was the point in showing up when I could self-teach? This will change. Attend your lectures, or be prepared to use your overdraft on a load of Red Bull come April-time!
Freshers flu IS a thing
I know, I thought it was a myth too. Until I caught it, and then I couldn’t shake it off for a number of weeks. Just be prepared, there is a relationship between the number of weeks elapsed in the semester and the number of coughs you’ll hear throughout a lecture.
Don’t blow all your money on pizza
It happens, okay!? Don’t judge. Some of us don’t have takeaways at home, the temptation becomes too much and then you end up blowing all your dough on… well, dough. Luckily, the likes of Dominos have really decent codes for student deals, so such situations can be averted.
Try not to write off weekday clubbing
I mean, don’t be irresponsible with your studies, either. But for a good month or two after starting uni, I insisted on Saturdays being the designated time for nights out. I didn’t get the point in going out on free entry nights – as the legendary Chainsmokers song “#SELFIE” goes, “who goes out on Mondays?”
Everyone. Everyone goes out on Mondays, because it’s free.
Embrace the embarrassing photos
One day you’ll be in your final year, looking back at photos of yourself sprawled on the kitchen floor dressed as Princess Peach. Not that that’s what I’m doing or anything. But as the years go on, you’ll come to appreciate any form of documentation – stop deleting those Facebook tags!