So, induction/freshers week has come to an end! Who knew collecting freebies would be so tiring?!
This week marked the official start to uni with departmental induction week as well as freshers and so far so good! Monday, by far, was the most overwhelming day seeing we met those we would be studying with for the next three years as well as some of those who would be teaching us. I enjoyed seeing so many new faces but the unfamiliarity of the campus and to some extent the people around me threw me a little. But as the week progressed, the unfamiliar became slightly familiar.
As well as sitting through inductions on how to write well (sounds patronising I know but there is such a big difference between writing at A-levels and academic uni writing) and how to avoid plagiarism, the week consisted of collecting a whole load of freebies from the freshers’ fair. My collection of freebies ranged from pens (always a handy freebie) to pasta to a whole load of buy one get one free Costa vouchers (in my opinion, the best vouchers that I picked up). On top of all of that, the uni handed out free portable chargers to students which is very very useful.
A major part of uni is socialising and meeting a range of people from different walks of life. One way of doing this is by joining different societies and clubs. The uni has over 200 societies (I think) ranging from sport teams, to subject based societies, to music societies. Before Monday I had warned myself not to sign up to loads of societies seeing there is a little fee for membership which all adds up in the end but guess who ended up being lured into signing up for every other society :/ Luckily, you don’t have to pay right there and they all offer free fresher taster sessions/activities so you exactly know what you’re buying into. A highlight of this week was the meet and greet the Islamic society held, I met so many people I just ‘clicked’ with!
When meeting new people, there is a standard template that everyone follows: “hello”, “what do you study?” followed by “so where do you come from?”. Now this template does work to create conversation but the uni decided to change this up a bit. All new students have been given the same book to read (for free!) so that students have at least one thing in common meaning that conversation can be created. Admittedly, I haven’t yet read one page yet, but I’m looking forward to reading Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’.
This week was a whirlwind definitely but a good whirlwind and I can’t wait to get stuck in with lectures from next week!