RAZZ Committee Advice for Freshers’

RAZZ’s committee have clubbed together to share our advice for Freshers’ based on our own Freshers’ experiences. While there’s a lot of hype around Freshers’ Week and it can be an amazing week, remember that it doesn’t have to be the best week of your life, there are so many more experiences to come at uni!

Charlotte ‘Fozz’ Forrester- Co-President/Print Editor

Q: What’s the best way to bond with flatmates?

A: Go clubbing and prinking with your flatmates, but also get ready with them. You can share music tastes and trial outfits and it means you can get conversation flowing before the drinking games begin.

Q: How do you recover from a hangover?

A: 1. Sleep. 2. Have an effervescent ALDI orange tablet. 3. Shower. 4. Wear a dress and earrings. Everyone assumes you look really nice if you have a dress and earrings on, even if you feel like pure shite. Fake it until you make it.

Katrina Bennett- Co-President/Online Editor

Q: How do I meet people on my course?

A: Go to your subject’s society events, and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the people you end up sitting next to in lectures and seminars- guaranteed they’ll be grateful that you were brave enough to initiate a chat!

Q: How do you recover from a hangover?

A: Down a hella lot of water when I get home from the night out. If that doesn’t prevent a hangover, then I only eat ice lollies the following day- they rehydrate you without making you vom and numb your mouth so you feel less nauseous.

Naomi Hart- Deputy Online Editor

Q: What’s the best way to bond with flatmates?

A: Go to a fun society taster session at least one of you is interested in, even better if it’s something new neither of you have done before! You can experience the activity together and then chat about it as you walk home, go for a drink or cook dinner together afterwards.

Q: Is it worth joining societies?

A: Absolutely! Societies give you the opportunity to try something completely new (you might never have heard of it before!), carry on with something you love, meet wonderful people who share your interests and build friendships outside of your halls and course. Why not make a resolution to sample a new society each term/year?

Holly McSweeney- Deputy Online Editor

Q: How do I meet people on my course?

A: Make an effort with your study groups, and definitely don’t meet up in the library at first, you can’t talk much there. Study groups might seem pointless and awkward when first assigned and you might not always click, but from sharing stories about the night out the day before, to consoling each other about the looming deadline you haven’t even started yet, I have made some friends for life over coffee in Queens’ cafe in a study group meet up.

Q: What one thing do you wish you could go back and tell yourself about Freshers’?

A: Forget all your expectations. Try not to get caught up in what you think Freshers’ Week should be: there’s no perfect way to do it and it’s different for everyone, so don’t overthink it. Say yes to everything and follow the whim. The best nights are always the spontaneous ones, so don’t over-plan your week too much.

Jaimie Hampton- Deputy Print Editor

Q: Is it worth joining societies?

A: Yes – but don’t feel like you have to join everything straight away. Take advantage of the taster sessions offered during Freshers’ Week and try something new – you might discover new talents or interests that you didn’t know you had!

Q: What’s the best way to bond with flatmates?

A: If you’re lucky enough to have a shared kitchen, organise a group meal! Decide on a meal to cook and assign a part of the dish that each person can be responsible for. Not only is it cheap for all, but having a family style dinner (complete with a few bottles of wine!) can help conversation flow naturally between you and your flatmates.

Sophie Chapman- Copy Editor

Q: How do you recover from a hangover?

A: Water, more water, and sleep! I’ve had many hangovers at this point where you have no choice but to sleep it off until you can finally stomach something greasy and go about the rest of your day telling everyone just how hungover you are. It’s Freshers’, you’re allowed.

Q: What one thing do you wish you could go back and tell yourself about Freshers’?

A: You don’t have to be best friends with the first people you meet. Whilst I did meet a lot of my favourite people in Freshers’ Week, I hung out a lot with people I just don’t talk to anymore. Get out there and chat to everyone (an open mind is key), but don’t pressure yourself – the best friendships grow over time.

Katie Burdon- Copy Editor

Q: Is it worth joining societies?

A: YES! There’s more to life than coursework and going out – joining a society gets you involved and ensures you have a nice break from everything. Everyone says it, but it’s an amazing opportunity to meet friends for life and do things you never expected!

Q: What’s the best way to bond with flatmates?

A: Never underestimate the power of food. Offering a tub of chocolates to your flatmates easily starts conversation, and you learn a lot about a person by their choice (i.e. who you can dump all the Bounty bars on).

Cameron Townsley- Creative Director

Q: How do I meet people on my course?

A: For my first few weeks as a fresher, I would aim to get to my lectures about 5/10 minutes early to avoid getting lost and bursting in late. This worked in my favour because a lot of the time I was there early and so were other students. Simply asking them ‘is this X lecture?’ or ‘have you done any preparation?’ will break down some awkwardness and get you chatting.

Q: What one thing do you wish you could go back and tell yourself about Freshers’?

A: Try to avoid spending whole days hungover! I wouldn’t change the amount that I went out in Freshers’ or all the unhealthy food I ate, because I enjoyed that. However, I do wish that I went to more society events in Freshers’ Week. Even if it was unlikely that I was going to join that society, it’s always worth finding out more!

Eva Hanly- Social Secretary

Q: What’s the best way to bond with flatmates?

A: I had read somewhere before I got to uni to buy a doorstop. It was the best piece of advice, it was not only handy because when you’re moving in a lot of your stuff it saves you opening your door each time (they are very heavy), but it was also a good way to bond with flatmates. It invites people in to have a chat if they want some company, especially during Freshers’ Week.

Q: How do you recover from a hangover?

A: I find the key to recovery is to get outside even if it is trekking to your local corner shop to buy some crappy hangover food (although sadly fruit is the best shout). There were many times I ventured out in my PJs with a mug of hot tea (defo my main cure) to the shop for a flapjack or smoothie.

Ellie Foulds- Outreach Officer

Q: Is it worth joining societies?

A: Absolutely! Not all socials include drinking so there’s something for everyone, and there’s so many opportunities I’ve had through societies, such as having my writing published by the student publications (like RAZZ!), that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t joined.

Q: What is one thing you wish you could go back and tell yourself about Freshers?

A: There’s a round two and three! You don’t need to overdo it: you have the rest of your degree to have fun, and another two opportunities to get involved in Freshers’ Week (if you’re on a three-year course).

Sara Abdulnabi- Treasurer

Q: How do I meet people on my course?

A: For me, most of my seminar tutors set up small study groups which made it easier to get to know people. Creating a group chat and meeting to prep for seminars has definitely helped me make friends on my course. Discussing course material helps break the awkwardness and the next thing you know you’re sharing personal stories. If your tutors don’t set up study groups, I’d suggest doing it yourself by striking up a conversation with course mates. You’ll make new friends and be on top of your academic work!

Q: What one thing do you wish you could go back and tell yourself about Freshers’?

A: Go to more events. Remember that everyone is in the same boat as you, don’t shut yourself out. It’s normal to feel down due to the change in environment, but don’t let it get in the way of doing things and meeting more people.

Emma Ingledew- Social Secretary

Q: How do you recover from a hangover?

A: GET OUT THE HOUSE! Go to the corner shop for some fresh air and some orange juice. Also – pizza for breakfast has never hurt.

Q: What one thing do you wish you could go back and tell yourself about Freshers’?

A: It’s not always going to be the time of your life, everybody is going to have at least one moment where they’re are sad or overwhelmed. That’s normal – just don’t let it take over.

 

Cover Artwork by Cameron Townsley 

Photo Credits to Jacob Evje 

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