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1) Freshers’ Flu
Unless you don’t come out of your room, you can’t avoid Freshers’ Flu. Continuous drinking, lots of late nights, a fast food diet, stress and anxiety, sharing bathrooms and kitchens – a combination of all these things will undoubtedly lead to Freshers’ Flu (don’t worry, it happens to pretty much everyone). If you do find yourself feeling a bit the worst for wear, just drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruit and vegetables and take vitamins. If you’re feeling especially groggy, you can’t go wrong with Berocca. Drop one of these vitamin-fuelled tablets into water then drink it once dissolved (they’re packed full of minerals and they taste really nice)!
2) Freshers’ 15
If you haven’t already heard of the Freshers’ 15, then trust us, you will – the ‘15’ bit refers to the number of pounds you will supposedly gain during the start of Uni. With all the high calorie foods, late night binge-eating sessions and alcohol-fuelled nights out, sorry to say it, but you will pile on the pounds. Of course, not every student will put on exactly 15lb – It’s just a Freshers’ Week tale – but do not be surprised if your jeans begin to feel tight after the 3 kebabs you ate after your several nights out the previous week…
3) ‘I did WHAT?’
Drinking and partying is quite a large part of University culture and it can be really fun. But don’t be that person who has to be carried home from nights out before midnight, or who gets into drunken scraps with people. Oh yes, and DON’T take advantage of the old excuse, ‘Oh I was so drunk I don’t remember anything’. You might get away with it on the first couple of occasions, but after a while it loses its effect and, before you know it, nobody will want to go out with you anymore. Go out and have fun, but know your limits and be aware of the people around you.
4) ‘Where has my student loan gone?’
You will notice that as soon as the first student loan instalments arrive, students everywhere will be frantically checking their bank accounts and going on shopping rampages. But just remember, this is not money for you to start splurging in Topshop and spending on generous rounds of drinks for everyone – this is money that will have to last you for the whole term, so make sure you learn how to budget and be responsible with it.
5) 9am lecture? Pass.
Missing the odd lecture every now and then isn’t a crime, but routinely missing contact time with your tutors is not the way forward. Make sure you go to all of your introductory lectures and seminars so you can meet your tutors and get to know your course mates. At the end of the day, you are at Uni to study and get a degree – enjoy your time there, but do your best to find that balance between work and having fun.
Written by Yasmin Codron, Marketing Assistant and Online Researcher at Graduate Recruitment Bureau.