So here’s some advice on what happens when you get to University or College and your parents disappear in a cloud of tyre smoke. Your standing there with all the other students and freshers you don’t know. The campus guide is confusing the hell out of you and it’s all a little scary.

Well, the first thing to realise is that every fresher at university or college is in the same boat. Now that may seem obvious but it is easy to forget when your heart is going at 1000 beats per minute, your head is spinning and your stomach feels like its rejecting your body! You will be scared and other students will be scared so don’t be fooled by other peoples bravado, its just a defence mechanism!

What you have to remember is to be sociable even if you feel like you want to curl up in a ball and cry. Don’t! This is the best time to make friends but don’t think that your whole reputation at University or college hinges on the first impression you make and don’t think that the friends you make in the first week will be the friends you are stuck with for the rest of the year!

Freshers week is about meeting other students, lots of other students. You will like some of them and dislike others. Some people will like you and some people, people with very bad taste, will like you less. You will have to live with that.
Obviously all Freshers weeks are going to be different and ordered in different ways but most will involve you arriving at a halls. You will be given a key to your room on campus and allowed to go and make it your own. My advice is to get settled in and put up all your posters, pictures and anything else that reminds you of home. Make the room your own, everything else about your life will be new for a while so make sure there are some familiar things to help you settle in. Put some music on and decorate to your hearts content. Your there you have done it you have made it to college or university, so start enjoying it.

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The Ultimate University and College Freshers Guide Part 1 – It’s all about meeting people