Seven things to expect from your Freshers Year - University advice, what to expect from your first year
Going into Second Year at the end of September, I've been looking back at my time as a Fresher. I know some of you may be starting Uni soon too, or a small few may even have started your first year already, so reflecting on my First Year, these are some things to expect from your freshers year.. 

1 // YOU WILL LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Sounds beyond daunting, even for me now at the thought of doing it again. For my close friends, it's very difficult to believe, but I am an extremely shy person when it comes to meeting people for the first few times. So starting uni (especially somewhere over 200 miles away from home) was bloody terrifying to tell you the least. But honestly, if you bite the bullet and just go for it, you will get so much out of your 'uni experience'. 


2 // YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT YOUR GRADES

Queue disapproving looks from parents/teachers/lectures. Oops. For most courses you only need 40% to pass your first year. I'm not saying 'aim for 40%', but you have got quite a lot of leeway. First year is a year that doesn't count, it's there on purpose, so you can settle in to your new surroundings, make new friends, get used to the new format of learning and your new course. Don't panic if it looks like you're not on course for a Solid First, you have plenty of time for that in second and third year. 

N.B. Please disregard point 2 if you're doing a course where first year actually does count. I really don't want to be to blame for a failed degree and thousands of pounds basically flushed down the drain...


3 // YOU WILL HAVE MUCH MORE FREEDOM

You can go to bed when you want, you can watch films all night, you can have dinner at 2 in the morning, you can get back really late from a night out and sit up chatting with housemates til the sun comes up (literally on some occasions). Also, you can and will eat some weird stuff. And that goes for drinks too. I don't know what it is, but for some reason living on your own (for a lot of people the first time in their lives) with a bunch of other people of similar ages to you, you will get in the habit of eating weird things for every meal of the day. 
Seven things to expect from your Freshers Year - University advice, what to expect from your first year

4 // YOU WILL MEET SOME OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS FOR LIFE

And probably some people you can't wait to be away from forever - time to thank god for getting into a uni thats so far away from home you can scuttle back to where you came from and never have to stumble across him/her ever again. Some people that you like at the beginning of term could end up being your best friends. Some people you think could be your best friends could end up being people you never want to see again in your entire life. The friendships made at uni are unlike any other you've probably ever and probably will ever experience in your life. Although after only spending a year with them, who knows if I'll still enjoy my friends company after the whole three years... Just kidding, love you guys x

5 // YOU'LL WANT A JOB. GET A JOB. HATE THE JOB. 

Contrary to popular opinion I know, but, if you can afford not to, I wouldn't recommend getting a job. But if you need to, or really desperately want a job, I'd definitely leave yourself some time to settle in at least a bit, get your bearings before you decide to enter employment. Maybe avoid a bar/pub job, as you'll be working the hours you want to be out in the bars and pubs, and barely ever get to see all your great new friends I mentioned in point 4. (Although nights out with bar staff usually are some of the best nights out, but that's beside the point..) If you do decide to get a job make sure both you and your employer know what hours are expected, if you're wanting to go home for the holidays, what your uni timetable/commitments schedule is like. It avoids confusion, and messy situations in the future. Believe me, I've been there.

6 // THERE WILL BE A POINT WHEN EVERYTHING GETS TOO MUCH

And that's fine. It happens to the strongest, toughest people. Even the people that seem like the steady rock of the group. Being away from everything familiar, your family, your home friends; it's a really weird situation to be in frankly honest. Everything is new and different, it's only natural it's going to put a strain on you. Don't worry if you need to call your mum at 2 in the morning (although I can't promise she'll be overly happy about the timing...), don't worry if you need to book a spontaneous trip home. Sometimes you just need to be a bit selfish, and no one can/will blame you for that. 


7 // IT WILL MOST LIKELY BE A LOT OF FUN

But don't worry if its not. I've spoken to loads of people who have said second/third year have been their best year at uni. It's completely different for everyone. If you're having a really sh*t time, there are always people you can talk to, things you can do, new people to meet. But then I've also spoken to an equal number who have dubbed first year as one of the best years of uni/their lives. Could be something to do with the uni work not actually counting maybe..? 

Those of you who have experienced your freshers year, do you have any tips of what to expect for freshers? Good luck if your going into Freshers year, it'll be great! 

Maybe this time next year I'll come back to you with my tips for second year... 

ellie x

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