By now you should know if you’ve been accepted onto your desired course if you have chosen the University of Leicester as the place to spend the next 3 or 4 years of your life. If you’ve opted for a Media and Society degree (previously Media and Sociology), then welcome!
As a split degree student, the course can be a little different to the straight courses, so I thought I’d do a brief ‘idiot’s guide to Media and Society’.
1) Register for your course – VERY IMPORTANT – Make sure you check your emails very regularly, as this is where further information will be sent with regards to registering for your course after you have accepted your place. If you don’t do this then you won’t be registered as being on the course. Plus, you won’t receive your timetable or course information. If you have any problems then contact the department staff (mentioned below). I know exactly how this feels and it’s not enjoyable in the slightest – you want Fresher’s to be the most enjoyable time.
2) Locate your department building – you will need to visit the building in order to familiarise yourself for seminars and personal tutors. The Media and Communications department building is located on 132 New Walk, Bankfield House. Your student card will provide entry to the building. Once you have been assigned a personal tutor, you can locate their office and sign up for meetings or use the drop in hours.
3) Familiarise yourself with the campus – during the nerve-wracking hustle and bustle of the Fresher’s fair, you are provided with plenty of spare time, so I’d advise you to utilise some of this time to get to know the Uni campus. It’s relatively easy to navigate around, but if you’re a little apprehensive (like me) then it can prevent some nerves from occuring later on in the week.
4) Read up on your course – this will help you to mentally prepare for what lies ahead. Introductory lectures will of course explain the course well, but it helps to get your head in the game.
5) Get to know the staff – as a student, the questions are never ending and that’s ok. It’s important that you get to know who to contact and when as this can save you a lot of time and stress. Click here to find the people of our department.
6) Organise yourself – Fresher’s week has a lot going on (some fun and some academic) so it’s important that you know where to be and when. The introductory lectures are incredibly helpful and will most definitely be answering some very important questions – you don’t want to miss them because you were checking out the amazing SU!
7) Attend the Fresher’s Fair – not only is there free pizza (I know!) but this is where you will be able to sign up to various societies. I would recommend joining the Media and Communications society as it’s a great way (and the best way) to get to know the people on your course.
I hope this can be of some help to you guys, and please don’t hesitate to leave any comments or questions if you require further help. Good luck!
Click here for our department page and further information.