Reasons Not To Panic About Freshers' Week
As you pack your bags, bid farewell to your parents and pets, and wish your childhood bezzies a happy life without you for the next three years, it can be difficult to remember that your university Freshers' Week isn’t the BE ALL AND END ALL OF YOUR EXISTENCE.
Because you know that going to uni is a totally new chapter in your life, and you’ve been hanging everything on Freshers' Week because you think it’ll tell you everything you need to know about the years ahead– whether you’re going to like it, make good friends, become a BNOC, get a first, win a lacrosse championship… but in reality it’s time to STOP PANICKING, and take a few deep breaths.
Why? We’ll tell you. Here’s 8 reasons not to panic about Freshers' Week.
1. It’s totally ANON
Think about it, no-one actually knows your name. Yeah you mentioned it in passing a couple of hours ago to that girl who offered you a swig of her £4 bottle of Sainsbury’s rosé, but she doesn’t look like she’d remember. So climb out of your window, do a naked shower run, get locked out, do the chicken/ robot on the dance floor and let your face paint smudge all over your face until you look like a cosmetic surgery nightmare. What’s the problem? With no name you’re untraceable, and they’ll never track you down.
2. No-one cares
Sounds mean, but no one cares. At this point, you only know a handful of first names and a couple of previous schools. But even if you’ve done well and tracked down a mutual friend, you’re all still complete strangers. So instead of over-analysing that bad joke you made at pres that went down like a lead balloon, relax! In a minute everyone will have forgotten it because they’re too busy worrying about how THEY are coming across. C’est la Freshers.
3. Freshers friends = friends for freshers
If the people you meet during Freshers aren’t for you, DON’T PANIC - it’s way more likely that you’ll move on to greener pastures than stick with the very first people you come across. In fact, it’s statistically UNlikely that you’ll share an unbreakable bond with these people and spend the next three years living in each others' pockets, so go out and enjoy these brief and fleeting moments of frivolous joy with your Fresher friends. You’ll find people that are better suited to you as the year goes on, and then you can laugh about it.
4. Dressing up is easy
Stressed about a costume themed night? Trying to master a sexy but sophisticated take on dressing as a giraffe for your Thursday ‘Night At The Zoo’ party? Don’t bother! Because we can guarantee that a) no-one will remember this night b) it’s dark in the club, c) drinks will be spilled ALL over it, and c) vital pieces of your costume will be stolen within a rough 4 minutes of entering the club. Goodbye tail. Goodbye fluffy ears. All that effort, down the drain.
5. All relationships will end this year
As a general rule, everyone who goes to uni in a relationship with someone from home will discover they have been both naïve and overly ambitious by the end of the year. First year will be a year of devastating break ups. Do you know what this means? Yep, it’s likely that that really cute guy with a gf you met yesterday when queuing for cheesy chips will be single before long. So there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and you’re speeding towards it on the Man-hunting Express.
6. Relationships CAN last
Having said this, don’t panic about the whole breaking up in first year thing if you are one of the people going to uni in a relationship. We’re not saying it happens to everyone!
Yes, uni will test the strength of your relationship, but if you make it through first year, you’ve got a keeper! If not, it’s not the end of the world - the beauty of being in a place where everyone is your age is that there’s always plenty more fish in the sea.
7. Forget about fashion
Everyone comes to uni with their own sense of personal style. They wear all the best items of their wardrobe - clothes that are all the rage at home, or at the local shops. What no-one realizes is that it’s pointless worrying about what your clothes will say about you during Freshers' Week, because within the first month at uni everyone’s style will change. Everyone will look the same after a couple of months. This is because you’re all moulding to fit in and adapt to the fashion sense of a new city, and to fit in with everyone else around you. So just throw on the first thing you think of, cos you are going to go shopping soon. Like the sheep you are.
8. Freshers loners don’t exist
If you’ve spent the last few weeks biting your nails and crying about the fact that you won’t make any friends at uni, you’ve wasted your time and energy.
Because NO-ONE is alone during Freshers. Not even the weird guy who picks his nose in a corner for the whole of pres is alone, cos he’s sitting next to you on the party bus to the club. Unless you physically lock yourself in a bathroom, you’ll make friends. Even if they are Freshers friends.
Freshers' Week is a sparkling whirlwind of costumes, bright lights, and the too-close sweaty faces of strangers. Everyone emerges bewildered, some are regretful, but the thing to remember is that Freshers' Week is not representative of anything. The friends you make won’t be the ones you keep, the nights out are an exception, and your experience won’t show you how you will spend the next three years. Whether you enjoy it or not, Freshers is a time for light-hearted fun, so relax and enjoy the ride.
It will all be over in a week.