Live in Pride with our Survival Guide! – Part 2: Freshers Week.

6 Mar

Okay, so you’ve arrived at Uni, you’ve somehow managed to fit all of your crap from home into the car and then get it all set up in your new room. Now, it’s time to get the ball rolling, so here’s some tips for your Freshers week.

To do:

  • Meet and get to know your House/Flat mates – These are the people that you are likely to hang around with for the most part of the first few months. Plus you’ll be living with them for at least a year, so it’s good to get to know them anyway. 
  • Claim your kitchen space – Depending on the type of accommodation you have you may have a shared kitchen so you’ll want to get in there first and ‘bagsy’ a decent cupboard, I’ve learnt this one through experience. This year I was the last to arrive and ended up getting the cupboards under the sink, and I know Chopstick was also give the shitty cupboards in her house too, in the little alcove with a sloping roof and the ice cube tray for her freezer space. It’s not fun.

One shelf per person usually works out best

  • Have a wander around – It’s likely that you’ve come to a new place in order to go to Uni, so having the foresight to get to know where things are is a good idea. Look for the nearest corner shop, offy, supermarket, the town center, library, park (or somewhere to chill for a while), find out how far away you are from Uni so that you’re not late on your first day – again I learnt this one through experience. 
  • Find course mates – If possible find at least one person who is on your course, or on a joint with your course, this one just gives you a heads up on going to seminars and lectures, it’s a lot less daunting when you know someone and can get lost on the first day together.
  • Try to find your Freshers Week timetable – If you’re Uni has a Freshers Week set of lectures (I assume most do) find out when and where they are as soon as possible, and for gods sake go to them! The are extremely useful, you may think them pointless, but they do help. Even if it’s only to help you find course mates.  Anecdote: With one of my Freshers Lec’s we were meant to split off into groups based upon or region, fair enough. Well it would have been if I wasn’t trapped within the middle of the row and couldn’t get out, so naturally I missed the window to go with the North West and ended up just following a random group which turned out to be the East Midlands room. So I couldn’t really contribute all that well. The upside of being a complete twat is that Chopstick was one also and ended up doing the same thing. Thus a friendship was formed. 

Not mine, but you get the gist.

  • Sort out course books – If you haven’t already got ahead with this one, try and find reading lists and get your books ordered, you don’t necessarily have to start reading them Freshers week, I imagine you’d be in one of two states all that week – drunk or hanging – neither conducive to study. But you’ll need to be at least somewhat ahead of the game.
  • Ground Rules – Without sounding like an arse hole try and set some ground rules for communal spaces. If you don’t get this sorted early on people will start to take liberties. A good example here is washing up once you’ve finished cooking, you don’t want mushrooms growing on things and the sides being covered in toast crumbs – been there done that.

Mine never got this bad – but it was close.

So that’s Freshers in the day time – Freshers After Dark is on it’s way.

Laters! C.

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4 Responses to “Live in Pride with our Survival Guide! – Part 2: Freshers Week.”

  1. Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    You missed “Don’t be smelly and if you can’t help it or overcome it then at least contribute to the air fresheners”.

    • ChopstickChunks March 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      An important piece of advice!

    • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Yea dont be a smelly cunt pretty much covers that 😛

      • BeckBockk March 7, 2013 at 10:34 am #

        This tickled me.

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