Friday, 18 September 2015

A Greenwich Guide to Freshers' Fortnight - Part 5


It seems like a silly thing to say, but you'd be surprised at the number of people that have a terrible experience and don't enjoy themselves.

Do what you want to do. If you want to go out partying every single night, go for it. Similarly, if you only want to go out a few times and stay in watching Netflix or playing Xbox, that's cool too. No-one is going to judge you if you decide that's how you're going to have fun!

Coming to Uni can be a stressful time, and it can be difficult to be away from home with so much going on around you with so many changes, and it's up to you how you want to deal with that. Don't let people pressure you into doing things you don't want to do - and remember - everyone is in a similar position, so just enjoy yourself! Coming to Greenwich was the best choice I ever made. It might not be perfect straight away, but just take it as it comes and it will all fall into place sooner or later.


All of us in the office are either current or past students, so most of us have experienced Freshers fortnight! I asked people if they could pass on one piece of advice to incoming student, what would it be? Here are a few of the responses...

  • Avery Hill is not that far from Greenwich, and it's worth the journey because it's where all the good stuff happens!
  • Look on the Social Media pages so you don't miss out on stuff.
  • Don't get so drunk that you embarrass yourself in front of the people you're going to live with for the next year of your life.
  • Go to Freshers fair and get as much free stuff as humanly possible.
  • Citymapper is the best app you will ever get.
  • Buy water and fruit, stave off the Freshers flu!
  • Go to Sparrows.
  • Don't be afraid to ask people on your course/people from your flat to go to Freshers fairs with you. It's less daunting to join sports and societies when you're with other people!
  • Bring plenty of paracetamol.
  • Register with a doctor ASAP (Avery Hill has an on campus doctor) because going to a walk in centre is hell.

Everything in this blog series has come from mine, friends' and colleagues' experiences at Greenwich, so trust us when we say we know what we're talking about! If there's anything else you want to know that I haven't covered (Although at almost 4,000 words I don't think there's much left to talk about) have a look at the FAQs on the SU site for more advice! Or post on the Freshers Facebook group and there will be plenty of us with an answer to your questions.

But don't worry, if this year doesn't go your way, you still have another two years... Good Luck!

**Editors Note: A big thank you to Liz for her freshers advice. If you have any questions for Liz (or the rest of the clearing team), leave us your comments!**


A Greenwich Guide to Freshers' Fortnight - Guest Blogger

Liz is a new blogger being featured here, who works in the Clearing team. She's here all week with hints and tips for getting the most out of your first few weeks at university.

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