6th September 2013 | Author:
Fresher’s week! And how to survive it.
Many thousands of young people across the nation are returning to school, or, more frighteningly, heading to university for the first time. September heralds the arrival of a university staple that both scares and excites students in equal measure: Fresher’s Week. TheHealthcounter shares its tips on how to survive this traumatic time.
WHAT TO WEAR
Even if you’re on a design course, you probably aren’t a global fashion super star just yet, so don’t try to dress or act like it. Also, throw away all your crap clothes, or even better, give them to charity! It doesn’t matter how funny the slogan on your pullover is, get rid of it. Same goes for pyjamas, people will see them!
The student loan seems like a lot of money when it arrives. It’s not, and life is very expensive now. Be sensible and put some money aside for books and things you actually need.
HOW NOT TO DIE
This one, like joining the gym, is a must. There’s a swathe of employment opportunities at every uni, and most offer careers services. Volunteer if you have to, just do something that stops you spending money and hopefully gets you earning it. Having money will be a major factor that affects your happiness. You only need enough to cover your hopefully modest expenses, but try to earn an extra 50+ pounds a week. Some students try drug testing, others do research studies and the sensible ones get a job behind the bar in the students union as it is a great way to grow both popularity and your bank account.
TRY TO AVOID THE OVERDRAFT – THINGS HAVE CHANGED
If you have access to the money, you will likely spend it. Same goes with credit cards. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Once you’re in an overdraft it is so hard to get out of it, prevention is the best cure. These things used to be interest free, alas, this is no longer the case.
DON’T TRY TOO HARD
It’s ok to not immediately make 400 Facebook friends. It is ok to stay in one or two nights a week. It is ok to miss things like parents and nice kitchens. Don’t try to be loved by everybody, focus on quality not quantity.
LEAVE YOUR BEDROOM DOOR OPEN
Nobody likes a hermit. Encourage others to say hi by leaving your door open and maybe get a sign that says “please come in, I am already disturbed”
The musical fruit are your new best friends. As are packets of grated cheese and microwave rice.
DON’T WASTE ANY TIME – DO SPORTS, JOIN SOCIETIES, WORK.
Everyone misses university once they’ve left, and wishes they didn’t waste so much time in a drunken stupor. Remember that you are THERE TO STUDY so just get on with it, ok? Do be careful about which societies you join and think twice if they charge an upfront fee, do you really want to be the sole member of the Dungeons & Dragons Society?
REGISTER AT THE UNIVERSITY DOCTOR, MAYBE THE LIBRARY TOO?
Health should be taken seriously, especially if you will be boozing a lot. Why not register at the doctors when you are out buying life giving, nourishing health supplements at the campus shop or nearby chemist? Or save time and effort by using an online pharmacy like thehealthcounter.
USE MONEYSAVER WEBSITES AND SHOP AROUND FOR THE BEST STUDENT BANK ACCOUNT
Students have a keen eye for savings, and there are many ways to save a small fortune on everything from clothes, to food and books. Look out for discount cards, vouchers and articles or online websites that offer savings for students.
GIRLS – LOOK AFTER YOUR FEET – YOU WILL BE DANCING AND QUEUING A LOT
Ladies, check out the section of the website dedicated to the care of feet, here you will find everything you need to keep your feet in top condition when dancing, cheer leading, queuing and walking around campus.
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR DRINKS EVEN CLOSER
Keep an eye on each other and keep your drinks in hand at all times. Also keep eleven different taxi numbers to hand for emergency – going home in tears because he said that dress made you look fat – situations.
GET CONDOMS/STI TESTS – DON’T BE EMBARASSED JUST DO IT
Sexual health is like all kinds of health: incredibly important. Drunken antics are especially prevalent in fresher’s week and accidents do happen. Services like our Online Doctor are private, subtle and beneficial to your health…
IF YOU DON’T DO A SPORT JOIN THE GYM
Also of vital importance, you need to stay physically active in order for both your mind and your body to work at peak performance. At the typical university age (18-21) there is really no excuse not to be in good shape!
YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO (Except study)
People might care and kick up a fuss if you don’t drink on the night, but they will have forgotten by the time morning comes around. Don’t get a reputation as the boring one, but do be serious and put your foot down when you’ve had enough. You are paying to progress your learning, not to party!
CHECK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
If you’re good at something, whether its guitar, rugby, or African throat singing, your institution may be nice enough to give you a scholarship i.e. free money.