Your first year of university can be one of the best years of your life. When you’re not learning about something that actually interests you, you can be out and about enjoying what student life has to offer.
During fresher’s, there will be lots of opportunities and new things to experience. Along with this comes a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). To beat the fear away, we’ve come up with the ultimate guide on how you can make the very most out of your fresher’s year and achieve everything you want to.
Throw yourself into every opportunity
Fresher’s week is the perfect chance to find out who you are and what you enjoy doing. Make it a year of yes by immersing yourself in as many opportunities as you can. You can always decide it’s not for you after you’ve given it a good go.
Join a society or club
At university, you’ll find there’s a society for everything. The society that you join doesn’t necessarily have to have anything to do with the course you’re studying, it can be about whatever you enjoy – even the unusual things! Whether you’re interested in film-making, football or chess, make sure that you show your interest and sign up.
Societies can also be great ways to make friends from all over the campus and to connect with people who have similar interests as you.
Become a student rep
Becoming the student rep for your course can be a great way to properly understand how important your studies are and how your university works. By being a representative, you’ll have the opportunity to represent the views of not only you but your course mates and it can be a great way of getting seen and heard around campus.
The role will also help to improve your employability after university as you’ll be able to show you have great leadership and communication skills.
Set yourself a budget
Textbooks and partying carry a high price tag so you’ll need to stay on top of your finances and know what you can or can’t afford. It’s not pretty having to ring up the bank of mum and dad every other day.
It’s not the most exciting of things but working out a budget plan is crucial to getting by in uni. Work out a weekly budget and buy all the necessities first (food, household items, etc). Be strict with yourself, when you run out of cash – that’s it for the week.
Learn to cook
Keep hold of the (inevitable) student cookbooks your friends and relatives will get you. University is great at helping you become independent, and being able to cook a good meal will definitely help you throughout your degree – it’s expensive and unhealthy sticking to ready meals forever. Your friends and family will be forever grateful for your newly-found culinary skills too!
Take advantage of your student discount
As a student, you are entitled to a plethora of amazing offers and discounts. Be sure to take advantage of these as it’ll not only help you stick to your budget and you’re getting the full use out of being a student! In many cases, you’ll be able to save up to 50% on things and even get some freebies every now and again. You might as well make use of it whilst you can!
Find the right balance between work and play
By far the most important in making the most of your fresher’s year is to find the balance between studying and partying. It’s easy for many students to think that the first year of university is all about getting drunk and socialising, so don’t lose focus of the fact that the core reason you’re at uni is to study for your desired career choice.
Be aware of when any exams or deadlines are so that you’re not partying late on the night beforehand. At the same time, you want to avoid staying in your room revising every night and not having a social life at all. Find the balance that works for you – without sacrificing your studying. Remember, what you get out of your uni experience is based on what you put into it. Make it count as you’re only a fresher once.