Hi there folks, similar to our previous article “How Studentpad can help international students”, today we explain what you need to keep in mind when you're going through "Fresher's Week" at UK universities. We’ve put together some advice from interviews with international students, past experiences that people shared with our team and recommendations from all around the globe from people who studied in Britain. Here we present to you their most valuable advice, tips and tricks for having the time of your life and “surviving” fresher’s week.
Be sociable! – It’s all about staying connected. From the new friends you met following your induction week (other students from the same country as you, new people that share your interests and passions etc.) now it’s the time to keep in touch with them and find out more of what is happening around you. Your new colleagues will tell you everything you need to know in order to have fun and enjoy yourself. So keep an eye out for these and don’t mind asking questions. As long as you stay approachable, friendly and open minded, nothing can go wrong. Also, if you can share some of your newly acquired knowledge with other freshers - they'll be thankful!
Stay connected! - Another good advice is to take all the advertising material that people offer you at the fresher’s fair. They are often a very valuable source of information! Flyers, brochures etc. usually point to fresher’s fair club nights, social events and gatherings and other activities that bring loads of fun and are popular among students. So take all the flyers, all the leaflets and brochures you can find and follow the social media accounts that best suit your interests. Also, you may want to check our social media platforms regularly for intersting stories and tips related to fresher's week and student life in general. Aside fro our the Studentpad blog, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube as well. We really appreciate your support. J
Make mistakes! – Maybe you shouldn’t have performed that silly little dance number when you were out with your friends, but who do you think will remember that the next day anyway? And if they remember, just be proud of what you did and the fact that you were really living the moment and were enjoying every single second of it. A nice motivational quote by Hilary Cooper says that “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”. So be optimistic about all the silly things that you do over the Fresher’s week (and not only), do as many breath-taking things you can do (without breaking any laws!) and keep a happy vibe around you. People will notice and everybody will want to be around you more, just because it’s fun to share your presence.
So relax, enjoy and don’t forget that if you’re looking for student accommodation over the period of your course, you can check out the biggest accommodation search engine at studentpad.co.uk ; until next time, thank you for reading us!
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