The time has finally come! After months of hard work and thousands of Red Bulls, you’ve smashed your A-Levels and you’re off to uni! Now I know you’re looking forward to a year of partying, socialising and drinking. Oh, and studying. But before you get carried away, keep in mind that your first year of uni will be filled with traps and potholes just waiting to ensnare you. Constant vigilance is of the utmost importance! So without further ado, here are 1o Freshers Fails to avoid…
1. Blowing all your money
Coming to uni, some of you will be in control of your own finances for the first time ever. You’ll feel like a baller when your student loan comes in and tempting as it might be to spend it all on wavy garms and bottles of Grey Goose, DON’T! You will definitely regret it when reality hits and you find yourself living off pot noodles and stealing your flatmates’ leftovers.
2. Not handling your drink
Yes, partying is part of uni life. No, you do not need to get wasted every single night to fit in. Drinking is fun and nobody’s saying you shouldn’t, but know your limits! If you feel like you’ve had enough, it’s perfectly fine to take a break and down a pint of water for a change. Don’t be that guy that gets so drunk that he gets the whole gang kicked out of Pryzm. Nobody likes that guy.
3. Not getting involved/Hiding in your room
Starting uni can be a daunting experience, even for the most outgoing of us. Being in a strange new place surrounded by strange unfamiliar faces can be scary at first but remember that you’re not the only one feeling like this! Every single fresher is in the same situation. Put yourself out there, introduce yourself to new people, get involved in clubs/societies and attend as many freshers events as you can.
4. Skipping all your lectures
Going to a 9am lecture is probably the last thing you’d want to do when you’re hungover after a night out with your mates. And that’s perfectly understandable. Everyone misses a lecture once in a while, it can’t be helped. Just don’t make a habit of it! You’ll regret it when you find yourself buried under a pile of books and lecture notes at 3am trying to catch up on everything you’ve missed.
5. Setting off the smoke alarm
Funny story, one day when I was in first year, I decided to grill aubergine slices. It was meant to be a treat for my flatmate who had this thing for aubergines. Bad idea. I turned my back for one second and out of nowhere the smoke alarm starts beeping. My aubergines were burning. The whole building had to be evacuated. I stood in the middle of the crowd pretending I didn’t know anything while 300 pairs of accusing eyes glared back and forth trying to find the culprit. It was NOT fun. So lesson of the story, do not set off the smoke alarm! It’s a sure-fire way to make enemies.
6. Buying all the books
DO NOT PURCHASE ANY TEXTBOOKS BEFORE YOU COME TO UNI! There’s no need for that. Your lecturers will usually tell you what books you actually need to have when you attend your introductory lectures. Textbooks are expensive. Like really expensive! So don’t waste your money buying any unnecessary books. Plus, you can always borrow books from the library when you need them. The library is very well-stocked and you’ll most probably be able to find whatever you need for your course in there.
7. Not registering with a GP
I know, I know, registering with a GP seems like such a tedious and unnecessary chore when all you want to do is go out, mingle and make new friends. But trust me – when you’re stuck in bed with the Freshers Flu and unable to get a doctor’s appointment because you didn’t bother registering with a GP, you’ll really wish you’d taken those 30 minutes out of your day to fill in a simple form.
8. Locking yourself out
Don’t be that person that wakes the whole flat up at 2 in the morning because they forgot their keys – again. Just don’t.
9. Hooking up with a flatmate
Let’s be honest. Freshers Week is notorious for the amount of drunken hook ups and regrettable decisions it produces. Hey, it happens. You’re young, you’re tipsy and you’re having a good time! There’s no shame in that, none whatsoever. But never, and I mean never, hook up with a flatmate. More likely than not, you’ll regret it the next day and have to put up with the awkwardness of having to live with him/her for the rest of the year.
10. Signing for a house too early
As early as November, the pressure of finding a group people to live with in second year starts looming over you. After all, you don’t want all the best places on campus to get snapped up before you’ve even had a look-in. Many people get dragged into signing a tenancy agreement with people they’ve just met out of pure panic. Don’t be one of those people! Make sure you actually like or at the very least, are able to tolerate, the people you sign for a house/flat with. A year is a pretty long time after all, you don’t want to be stuck living with someone that you can’t stand.