The first day when you arrive is probably the most daunting. Most people know no one, and that means you’re all in the same boat. Here are our top tips to getting through the first day.
- Bring biscuits and tea. This is the perfect way to say hello as it takes away the awkward first sentence, and even if everyone brings a box you can never have too many biscuits.
- Make sure to decorate your walls earlier rather than later. It’s a great way to feel more comfortable and it’s another conversation starter.
- If you feel up to it, knock on people’s doors. It only needs ½ of you to do the knocking and the other ½ to answer the door! If no one is in the first room you try, just try another.
- Talk to as many people as possible. Treat the first few weeks as friend speed dating. You may hit gold and find your best friends really quickly, or be able to rule out people as incompatible to you. Either way, it’s a win-win.
- Don’t worry about making life-long friendships, these normally come when the buzz has died down.
- Be open minded to new people. You will meet like-minded people, but there will be lots of different people around to talk to. You never know what someone is like beneath the fresher’s nerves.
- Be prepared to share if you feel nervous. If you bring up something you’re worried about there definitely will be other people who pipe up and say they feel the same. Going through it together is definitely better than alone. If you have any questions, ask them. You can ask any of the helpers or members of staff. Everyone will be happy to help; all students have been a fresher once.
- Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable doing. If you are feeling at all uncomfortable either just speak up, or go talk to someone else.
- Act like your authentic self. It’s not helpful to act like someone else as the people you meet will be seeing you through thick and thin. Start as you mean to go on!
On the day of my arrival I was very nervous and worried that I wasn’t going to fit in. However, as soon as I arrived the freshers helpers welcomed me and made me feel a lot more at ease – Nia, Biochemistry