10 Things Every Uni Student Wished They Knew Before Freshers Week
Because otherwise you're in for a right shock...
You’ve heard all about Freshers Week before you even step foot on the university campus. The parties, the drinks and the late nights sounds like the best time ever. And it is - but there’s also a bunch of stuff you won’t realise about the biggest party week of the year.
There’s the good, the bad and the hangy, and we’re going to give you the old 411 so that you’re the most prepared partier there is...
But first, Courtney Act prepares you for Uni with a chat about safer sex...
1. Nothing good happens after 2am
How I Met Your Mother was right - your judgement is seriously impaired after two in the morning. Don’t have that last shot, sleep with that kinda creepy person in your dorm or drunk call your ex. It's just not worth the morning fear.
2. You will make friends
The biggest fear is that no one will like you, everyone will know everyone already, you’ll be a total loner forever and life will suck. That only happens to one in five people so hopefully it won’t be you. KIDDING.
Everyone is in the same boat and you make mates really fast. We promise.
3. If all you do is eat takeout, you won’t feel great
Turns out living on Burger King, doing no exercise and drinking the whole time not only packs on the pounds faster than you can say ‘XXL Bacon Double Cheeseburger’, but it also makes you feel like crap. Who knew?
4. Pace yourself
We know, it's super exciting to be of drinking age and there are no parents around to monitor your boozing BUT no one wants to drink so much they pass out in the club toilets, do they?
Try and remember to drink water as well as those shots and try and not partake in that ‘power hour’ all your new mates are doing. They’ll be vomming by 11pm, which is not only rubbish for your health but also for your mental health. It's also pretty unsafe to be that vulnerable when you're in new surroundings, so look after yourself out there.
5. No one is going to make you go to class
Your mum isn’t there to nag you and that’s the best thing ever but also it up to you to get your ass up for class. And that’s hard on a hangover.
6. Not everyone is looking for long-term relationships
That fit person who you bumped into the first day and had a well romantic meet cute with? Yeah, they might not be planning your wedding in quite as much detail as you are.
Just be aware that uni is a place where people experiment with casual sex and see what they’re looking for. Do you and let people do them.
7. You need to sleep at some point
Freshers Week is about partying and we’re not suggesting you miss a minute of it. Buuuuut your body is going to get a major shock so make sure you get your sleep in.
Afternoon naps will become your way of life and tbh we’re jealous.
8. You’ll probs get Freshers Flu
Speaking of the shock to your body, don’t be surprised if you get sick. The late nights and being surrounded by a bunch of new people and their germs will take a toll on your immune system, so stock up on some Berocca.
9. Not everyone will be your BFF
You’ll meet a bunch of new faces when you arrive but it’s key to remember that everyone you meet won’t end up being your best mate for the rest of time. So maybe don’t be telling everyone you deepest darkest secrets the first day there and accept that it's fine for friendships to evolve and change throughout uni.
10. Homesickness is normal
If you feel like bursting into tears and calling your mum then don’t feel like a baby. It’s totally normal and we all go through it. There’s nothing wrong with ringing home but don’t rush back – stick at it and the homesickness will pass.