Mahjabin Anwar is a third year Law student, here are her five top tips on making friends at Freshers.
Freshers week is an exciting time for all. It is most likely the first time that you’re entering higher education and you’re in a melting pot full of students from different background, cultures and ages. Although it is exciting, it can also be nerve wracking as for many, it is the first time they are away from home. Freshers week is the time to mingle and get to know everyone before you get down to the nitty gritty. So here are five top tips on how to make friends during Freshers.
Freshers week is jam packed with Freshers’ events. It is the perfect time to meet students. You’ll be spoilt for choice on the variety of events you can choose from. If you choose to attend, it is guaranteed that you will meet like-minded students who have similar interests and hobbies to you. You can buy a Freshers’ wristband, meaning you can get into all events without having to pay individual fees.
Get hashtagging - #ARUFreshers
Social media is the perfect platform to meet students before you even go to university. Social media is filled with information regarding Freshers. There are Freshers’ pages set up by the ARU Students’ Union where students can meet each other online and where all the information regarding what events will happen during Freshers is posted. You can also meet classmates and flatmates on there! If you go onto twitter and Instagram, you can look at any tweets and pictures that the Students’ Union have been tagged in, you could even tag them yourself to try to find students.
During Freshers' week, it is likely that your course will put on an induction week. This is the opportunity for you to meet your classmates and lecturers and get a feel for what a day at university is like. A lot of courses put on induction lunches where you can unwind and relax and get to know your classmates and lecturers who you will be spending the next three years with. They give out a lot of valuable information so it is highly recommended that you attend if you’re able to!
Freshers Fair (did someone say free Dominos?)
Freshers fair is also another massive event that you do not want to be missing off your calendar. It is the chance to sign up to as many clubs and societies as you like (which you can even pay for using your Books plus card)! They are a great way to get involved and to meet people with similar interests to you. There are also many freebies to be grabbed!
Remember to have fun
Last but most definitely not least, remember to have fun! Don’t be afraid to talk to people and get yourself out there. It is most likely that a lot of people are in the same situation as you, albeit they are commuting to university or are living away from home for the very first time. You’ll automatically find some common ground and it can only go up from there.
Freshers is an exciting time for all and is filled with new opportunities so really do try to grab the experience with both hands. Three years of university honestly does fly by. The next thing you know you will be throwing your hat in the air during graduation wishing you could relive student life all over again.